Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Let's Celebrate and Learn About Cinco de Mayo Choice Board!


On May 5, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Here is a choice board that that our students and teachers can use to learn about Cinco de Mayo through articles, songs, art and more. 

You can share this link with your students.  You can also make edits by making a copy of the choice board here.
I included the Cinco de Mayo PebbleGo article and...

...Share What You Know activity.  This doesn't have to be done on this paper.  It could just be completed on a plain sheet of paper using this as a guide.  Students could also use it as a conversation starter and talk to a friend about what they learned about Cinco de Mayo.  

Have fun celebrating this special holiday with your students and school community too. 

It's Here, Friends....Our May Choice Board!


It's here, friends!  Our May 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 May 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.
There are also several choice boards embedded.  

Under the Learn about celebrate special events in May column, there are two including...
...the Cinco de Mayo Choice Board that you will find here in this post and...
...Star Wars Day...May the 4th Be With You Choice Board that you will find here in this post
Under the Read column, I have created a choice board for Children's Book Week on May 6-12, 2024.  You will find it here in this post

I hope you and your students have a wonderful May and lots of fun exploring all of the choice boards this month.   

A Choice Board To Read, Listen and Create For Children's Book Week On May 3-9, 2024


One of my favorite weeks each year is Children's Book Week.  
It is celebrated on May 6-12 this year with the theme being No Rules, Just Read. 
You can read more about this special week and find all of the resources here on the Every Child A Reader website. 
I also created the Let's Celebrate Children's Book Week choice board to be part of the May Choice Board and to share with all of our readers at school and at home. 

You will find the published link to share with students here.  And you can make a copy of the choice board here if you want to make changes and additions. 

I hope you have a great time celebrating this special week with your school and students too. 

Monday, April 29, 2024

WIN 13 Capstone Spring 2024 Titles For Your Library In This Special Giveaway From Follett and Capstone! One More Day To Enter, Friends.


Friends, I am so excited to share something very special with all of you.  

I put together my Top Capstone Books for Spring 2024 here in this choice board.  You will find all of the books linked from Titlewave, including a full book list too. 

And guess what?  


My friends at Follett and Capstone are doing a special giveaway of Capstone's Top Titles for your library!

Six lucky winners will receive the best books of Spring 2024 for their collection too. 

You can enter here.  The deadline to enter is April 30, 2024. 

How Do You Inspire A Love Of Reading? Please Add Your Work and Ideas To This Padlet, Friends.


I love finding ways to inspire the love of reading within our students.  And I love seeing how others do too! 

I would love to hear how you inspire reading within your library, classroom, and even at home too.  

I will be using this Padlet, and these ideas, in an upcoming webinar and article I am working on.  I would LOVE to feature your work and voice too. 

Thank you, friends. 

Saturday, April 27, 2024

The Titlewave Choice Board Is Here and Full Of Tips, Tricks and Resources To Make This Your One-Stop Shop Too!


One of my favorite resources to use as a librarian and teacher is Titlewave, from our friends at Follett Content.  

Titlewave is our one-stop shop for book lists, professional reviews, educator guides, and more. 

In this choice board, I have put together lots of wonderful resources about Titlewave. 

If you are new to Titlewave, or if you have been using it for years, I know you will find these tips and tricks helpful as you learn how to use all of the helpful resources and amazing resources in Titlewave too.

You will find the Titlewave choice board here, friends. 

Friday, April 26, 2024

Join Us At ISTE Live 24 For The Special Future Ready Librarians Event On June 23, Friends! You Can Register For Our Event Today.


We are so excited to announce a special event at ISTE Live 24, friends. 

Join Bill Bass, Lia Dossin and myself on Sunday, June 23, 2024 from 9:00-11:00am MST for this years Future Ready Librarians Summit, Leading from the Library Through the Future Ready Librarian Framework.

In partnership with Future Ready Schools and Follett Content, this summit, hosted by Shannon McClintock Miller and Bill Bass, is designed to help all librarians lead from the library while engaging in collaboration, innovation, leadership, and so much more. Working with the entire school community, Future Ready Librarians can support and lead beyond the library.
- Participants will be inspired to be leaders in their schools.

- Participants will understand the success and obstacles associated with leading from the library

- Participants will connect with each other throughout the session around library leadership and digital literacy.

This event will fill up fast so reserve your seat today at bit.ly/ISTE24FutureReadyLibrarians

This event is included in your ISTE registration fee. 

The May 2024 Capstone Holiday Calendar and Book List Is Filled With Special Books and Events, Friends! You Will Find It Here.

It's almost May 2024 and time for a new set of books on the May Capstone Holiday Calendar.  I love using these calendars to highlight books each month from our collection. 

It's a great way to celebrate and learn about topics that tie into our curriculum including important historical events, and other special events that our kids love to learn and read about throughout the year. 

You will find the Capstone May Holiday Calendar here, along with the other months too. 

And here is the May 2024 Capstone Holiday Calendar Book List where you will find the links to the books on CapstonePub.com.

When the Capstone Holiday Calendar comes out each year, I go through and mark the books we have in our library collection, and add the books to my list that I'd like to order for my collection each month too.
You can read all about the 2023-24 Capstone Holiday Calendar Poster here, friends. 

Special Bookmarks For The Capstone Virtual Summer Camp Adventure....Find The Template and Create For Your Readers Too!


I always create special bookmarks to give our students and families as we get ready for the Capstone Virtual Summer Camp Adventure. You can find everything you need for this program here.
You will find this years bookmark that I created in Google Slides here

I get the bookmarks printed at Vista Print. The image of the bookmark on Slides 1 and 2 fits perfectly into the 2 x 6 template. You will find the link to the Vista Print bookmarks here.

I pass these out to our students a week or two before the end of the school year so I can explain the summer reading program to our readers. The bookmark has everything they need including the URL, QR code to scan to get to the choice board and all of the information on the different weekly themes. 
You will find all of the Capstone Summer Learning resources here on the Capstone site.

It's Here! Capstone's Virtual Summer Camp Adventure 2024 Is Now Open For The Summer For ALL Students and Families!

I am so excited to announce that Capstone's Virtual Camp Adventure is open for the summer!

All students and families can visit bit.ly/capstonesummer24 to access this 12-week long fun summer learning and reading adventure with our friends at Capstone.  They can sign in to PebbleGo for access to FREE Capstone eBooks using the username: choiceboard and password: shannon. 

This summer we are opening the Capstone Virtual Camp Adventure early, so everyone can show your students, teachers and families around camp before summer break.  
In the Capstone Virtual Summer Camp Adventure, there are six bi-weekly Where Will You Go This Summer? themes that include a choice board and set of 20 FREE Capstone Interactive eBooks for each.
And this summer, we have a new addition to each...Our Virtual Summer Camp Adventure Featured Capstone Characters!  

The six bi-weekly choice boards include...
...Let's GO on a trip, 
Let's GO to the water, 
Let's GO to where our imagination takes us, 
Let's GO to space, 
Let's GO on a safari, 
...and Let's GO solve a mystery! 

They can access the entire choice board collection at bit.ly/capstonesummerchoiceboard24 now through the end of September. 

The choice board are filled with reading, making, healthy you ideas and resources, coding, stem, technology and more. 
In the bottom left hand corner, they will find a place to click to GO to eBooks around the six different themes. 
All they have to do to read and listen to the Capstone Interactive eBooks is click on the eBook covers.  They are directly linked so a username and password is not required. 
I am excited about a special addition to our Virtual Summer Camp Adventure choice boards with our friends at StickTogether. 
Under the STEAM column, you will see a StickTogether box. 
Every week, starting May 27, 2024, we will be adding a special Virtual Stickerboard that StickTogether created around each weekly theme

All students will be able to collaborate together to complete these weekly Virtual Stickerboards.  The images they reveal are amazing and our kids will love this wonderful global activity. 
As the students and families use the choice boards and need help, there is a Family Help button on each choice board slide and...
This document includes How To Use The Virtual Camp Adventure With Your Children This Summer and...
...Directions For Using The Virtual Camp Adventure Choice Boards. 
I always create special bookmarks to give our students and families as we get ready for the summer. 
You will find this years bookmark that I created in Google Slides here

I get the bookmarks printed at Vista Print. The image of the bookmark on Slides 1 and 2 fits perfectly into the 2 x 6 template. You will find the link to the Vista Print bookmarks here.

I hope all of the students and families have a special summer visiting Our Virtual Summer Camp Adventure.  I can't wait to see and hear all of the different ways it is used and what is learned, read, and created from this amazing summer experience. 

I will be sharing flyers and a family letter over the next few days too. 

Please let me know if you have any questions...I am happy to help you, friends.  

You will find all of the Capstone Summer Learning resources here on the Capstone site.