Sunday, October 2, 2022

The October 2-8 Capstone Holiday Calendar Is Here! You Can Turn It Into An Interactive Calendar For Your Students Too.

The October 2-8 Capstone Holiday Calendar is here! 


During the first of September, I shared the 2022-23 Capstone Holiday Calendar. 

This is one of my favorite resources to share in our library and with our teachers and students for their classroom, and even with our families to use at home. 
On each monthly calendar, all kinds of special holidays and events are shared. 

Capstone then paired up their Capstone Interactive eBooks and PebbleGo/PebbleGo Next articles with these special holidays and events. 

I use them to look ahead each week and pull books and Capstone Interactive eBooks for our students and teachers to use to explore, learn and celebrate. 
This week there are several special events. I went into our Capstone Interactive to search to see what books we had as eBooks and articles from PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next. 

I can share the links to the eBooks and articles in Seesaw or Google Classroom. 
I also thought of an idea!  

I could take the calendar apart and make a Google Presentation, one slide per week, for the whole year! 

On the slide above, I just took a screen shot of next week and then added screen shots of the PebbleGo articles and eBooks below. Then I went back into Capstone Interactive to grab all of the links attaching them to the images. 

This will be so much fun to create and share with the teachers and students all throughout the year. 

You will find a copy of the 2022-23 Capstone Holiday Choice Board here if you'd like to follow along and use it for your school too. You will have to add your own links to PebbleGo, PebbleGo Next and the eBooks that you have within your own collection. 
And just remember, to share it with your students as a choice board, you will go to Edit and then down to Publish to the Web. It will give you a link and that is what you share with your students. 
I am leaving the past weeks in the Google Slides presentation....just scroll through them to find the past weeks. 
I also share this as a poster for our littles with iPads too. 
You can download the 2022-2023 Capstone Holiday Calendar here

And as this tweet from Capstone shares, if you want a physical calendar, please reach out to your Capstone rep. 

I find it so helpful to have this handy so I can get the books I want to add to our library collection. 

Join Me This Week For A NEW Follett Webinar....Bringing Reading To Life, Making and Technology! You Can Register Here, Friends.


We are excited to announce a new Follett Community Webinar Series this fall, Bringing Reading To Life. 

Yesterday, we kicked this webinar series off with Part One: In Your Library and In Your School. You can find the recording, resources and certificate of participation here on Follett Community

The next webinar, Part Two: Making and Technology will be this week on October 5, 2022 at 4:00pm CST. 

In the second in a series of three short presentations, Shannon McClintock Miller will share engaging ways you can bring reading to life for your students. You’ll learn how to create amazing spaces and experiences within your library and throughout the school community to boost students’ motivation and excitement to read.

There are so many engaging and wonderful ways to bring reading to life for students, teachers, and families within the library and school community. One approach is to cultivate amazing places in our libraries and classrooms for making through Makerspaces and opportunities using technology.

This fall, join Van Meter, Iowa, district teacher librarian and Future Ready Librarians® spokesperson Shannon McClintock Miller as she breaks down the special ways you can bring reading to life in a series of three short webinars.

In the second webinar in the series, “Bringing Reading to Life Part II: Making and Technology,” Miller will share ideas, strategies, and tips on how to bring literacy to life through making and with digital tools and apps in a fun, creative, and exciting session. This fast-paced presentation will be filled with project ideas, wonderful books that encourage making, meaningful moments to tie in STEAM, and so much more. She will leave you inspired to bring making to your classroom and library through literacy every day too.

In this webinar, you will learn:

• How to make your library a special place for all readers by offering Makerspaces and opportunities to use technology

• Ideas on how to make picture and chapter books fit into these opportunities and Makerspaces

• Ways to integrate STEM and STEAM topics into learning

• How to spread the love of reading throughout the school in unique and meaningful ways

Register for any of my presentations. If you cannot attend, you will receive a link to the recording(s) and can watch at your convenience.

You can register for Bringing Reading To Life Part Two: Making and Technology here.

Turn The October PebbleGo Monthly Holiday Calendar Into An Interactive PebbleGo & PebbleGo Next Choice Board!


Earlier this year, I wrote about the super fun holiday calendars that our friends at Capstone create and share each month.  
You will find this post explaining more here on my blog

I love making paper copies of these to share with our teachers and kids. They hang them up in their classrooms and hang them in our library too. I also share them online through social media and as an image in Google Classroom or Seesaw. 

Today, as I was sharing some of these special days with our students, I thought....Hey, this would be really fun in a choice board! 
So, I opened up a Google Slide, uploaded the PebbleGo October 2022 Holidays Calendar, and added a little chalk board with text over the top.  
Then I went through the calendar and found every special day in PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next.  When I found the article, I grabbed the link, as shown at the top. 
I took that link and added a linked text box around each special date. 
Now, when the kids click on a holiday, it will take them directly to that PebbleGo article.  

I can't wait to share this with our students and teachers tomorrow.  If you want to use the template to create your own, you will find the Google Slide here
And to make it a choice board, just Publish to the web. 

I plan to do this every month so will keep on sharing them with all of you too. 

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Here Is The "October Choice Board Poster"....Making Choice Boards Easy & Organized For All Students To Access & Use


Hi friends, 

I want to share a little tip that I have been using for all of the different choice boards we use each month.  This will help when organizing and sharing choice boards with students at school and those learning remotely.  

Each month after I have my choice boards done, I pull them together in another Google Slide choice board.  

I add each choice board as an image and link the choice board to that image.  Under the image, I add a QR code that I make in QR Code Monkey for each choice board too.  

Our teachers can share the monthly choice board posters in Seesaw and Google Classroom.  This works great for our students at school and those learning at home.  

We also print the posters so our students with iPads can scan the QR codes.  This can also be projected on the screen in the classrooms for students to walk up to and scan.  

For this month, I have created Our October Choice Boards poster that can be found here to share with your students.  If you would like to make edits or additions, you can make a copy here.

I hope you find these choice board posters helpful too. 

It's Here, Friends...Our October Choice Board Filled With Hispanic Heritage Month, Fire Safety, Halloween and More!


It's here, friends!  Our October Choice Board where reading, learning, making, coding, technology and music can take you on adventures all month long. 

This month, the choice board is filled with so many new and exciting things!  I can't wait to share it with our students, teachers and families, and all of you. 

You will find the Our October Choice Board here to share with students.  And if you would like to make changes or additions, you can make a copy to edit here.
Within the monthly choice board, I do include other choice boards.  As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, I included a choice board for our students to learn and celebrate throughout the month. You will find it here in this post
In the October Choice Board, you will also find the Halloween Choice Board found here to share with students and here to make edits
the Elementary Coding Choice Boards found here, 
Our Virtual Makerspace found here
...and the Let's Take A Trip Around The World Buncee found here
I create most of my choice boards in Google Slides and Buncee. With each choice board in Google Slides, I share this with our students and teachers by publishing it to the web. 

In the image above, you can see how to do this by clicking on Share and Publish to the Web. 
The Publish to the Web window pops up that will direct you to publish to the web. It will give you a link that you will copy to share with students and teachers through Google Classroom, Seesaw and any other place you want to share this like social media and through QR codes. 

This is the link to the 2022 October Choice Board that you can share with your students. 
I also explain how I create and share choice board posters each month in this post
With each choice board, I also share the link to make edits and changes.  This is the copyable link to the 2022 October Choice Board.  Please feel free to use the choice board with your community and make changes to fit the needs of your learners and teachers. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need help sharing and creating choice boards.  
Also, last year around this time I had a Follett webinar on choice boards that you will find helpful when learning more about and how to use choice boards and Collections by Destiny. You will find the link to the recording and resources from the webinar here in this post

I hope the monthly and special choice boards will give you and your students special opportunities for reading, learning, creating, collaborating and having fun all year long. 

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Giving Our Readers Choice In Book Clubs With The Kwame Alexander Bookfest! Read How We Are Kicking It Off At Our School.

We are so excited to be kicking off something new for our readers this fall. 
It's the Kwame Alexander Bookfest! 

Kwame Alexander Bookfest, brought to you exclusively by Follett, creates a uniqu book club experience - available for Grades 3-8 - by allowing students to choose their books and giving teachers the resources to inspire robust student-led discussions. 

Each book, chosen by Kwame, ensures students will see themselves reflected in what they read, promotes academic achievement, and provides opportunities for students to engage with each other in lively discussions.
Each grade-appropriate collection includes the resources teachers need to encourage student choice and guide meaningful discussions to strengthen student identity and develop community and empathy.
Each grade level collections includes books, discussion guides, a Kwame Alexander Bookfest bin, an educator guide and Just Read Podcasts. 

I especially can't wait to share the Just Read Podcasts with our readers!  These provide access to interviews between Kwame and select authors to further engage students. 

As I sat down with my 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers at Van Meter to plan how we were going to bring Bookfest to our school, the resources online were super helpful. 

When we received our book sets and the other materials, the Bookfest Discussion Guide for each book we chose and the Bookfest Educator Guide, helped the teachers and I plan how we are going to make this an amazing reading experience for all of our students. 

It also gives me the best feeling to know my teacher colleagues will have what they need to support their readers within their classrooms throughout the Bookfest too. 
This Friday, we are kicking off the Kwame Alexander Bookfest with our 5th graders by introducing three of the books using this choice board.  If you would like to make changes to this choice board, you can make a copy here.

This choice board will give students a chance to listen to the book trailer for each book and make a decision on what book they want to read first during Bookfest. 
I also made this poster to set up by the books on the new book shelf we added to Katie Flaw's 5th grade classroom. This will get the kids excited about Bookfest as we kick it off. 

You will find the Bookfest kick off poster we are using here where you can make a copy for your own poster. 

We will be sharing our Bookfest journey on my blog and on social. We hope you follow along, friends. 

We can't wait to see what the Kwame Alexander Bookfest brings to our readers this year! 
You can find the Kwame Alexander Bookfest here on Follett's Titlewave site. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Color Sudoku....A New Weekly Group Activity From StickTogether!


Our friends at StickTogether have created a super fun new group activity! 

It's called Color Sudoku and it is FREE for everyone to do each week. 
On the StickTogether Twitter @byStickTogether, they will be posting a weekly Color Sudoku puzzle. There are no numbers, just colors. Each row of 9 squares, and each 3 x 3 squares of 9, can only contain one of each color. 

When you have solved the puzzle, place your time in the comments of the tweet. 

You will find this weeks Color Sudoku here, friends. Let us know how you do! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Join Us For A Capstone Live Event With ¡Hola, Lola! Author, Keka Novales On October 3rd As We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Next week, on October 3rd at 12:00pm CST, we will be hosting another amazing Capstone LIVE Event! 

Hispanic Heritage Month is about celebrating who you are, your family’s traditions, culture, and the accomplishments of those who came before you! In this Capstone LIVE Event, meet author Keka Novales, as we learn about her heritage and how her new Capstone series "Hola Lola!" came to be!

Keka Novales is a children's writer, mother of 3 kids and 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

You can register for this free event here. A recording will be sent out to all who register after too. 

NEW Amazing Video Resources From The Achievery For Supporting Digital Literacy In Meaningful and Fun Ways!


I am getting ready for a whole month of digital literacy activities, learning and activities to kick off in October. 

With Digital Citizenship Week coming up on October 17-21, 2022, this is the perfect time to add some amazing NEW resources from The Achievery to our plans, bringing them to all our students in elementary, middle school and high school. 

Created by AT&T in collaboration with Warner Bros. Discovery and other partners, The Achievery is a free digital learning platform that helps connect students to a new world of digital learning through stories that spark curiosity and content that entertains as well as teaches. 

The platform features clips from some of the most popular, well-loved movies, TV shows, and cartoons from Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network, paired with lessons and learning activities that students can engage with everywhere they are – at home, in the community, and the classroom.

Let me show you what I found to support Digital Literacy and citizenship on their site. 

At The Achievery, click on Digital Literacy where you can... by grade level, academic standard, media type, subject or collaborator. 
With The Achievery resources being lined up with the ISTE Student Standards, you can also search by each of them as well, as shown in the image above. 
Of course, Units can be searched as well. It is very easy to see the grade level and collaborators within each Unit. 
Here is one for our elementary students called We Bare Bears Unit 2 in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network with three Learning Activities including videos and...
...lesson plans that can be downloaded. 
And one for our older students called Connecting with Purpose: Digital Footprint in collaboration with Common Sense Media, which includes a video and...
...downloadable lesson plan. 

As I continue to plan the month, I will be using these videos and lesson plans to put together wonderful learning and teaching resources including interactive choice boards, Pear Deck activities, Kahoot and Gimkit games, and so much more.   

I will share these ideas and resources soon. 

In the meantime, you can sign up for The Achievery here, friends.