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What does a Teacher Librarian do?
At once perfectly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share—and introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight.
"Fakebook" is a free tool at www.classtools.net which allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes. Use "Fakebook" to chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, debates and relationships, and so on! You can save your work and edit it again later.
Guess My Lexile!
Something to think about.... While identifying readability can be useful when evaluating textbooks, guided reading texts, or other teaching materials, selecting books for classroom instruction and recommending books for independent reading are two different processes. Avid readers do not always read at the edge of their competence, traveling through increasingly more difficult texts as leveling systems proscribe. Given free choice, readers select reading material according to their interests, preferences, background knowledge, purposes for reading, and personal motivation. When students select books for voluntary reading it's important that we allow them to choose at many different levels as well as on many different topics. Miller, Donalyn. "Guess My Lexile." Education Week. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2014. <http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/book_whisperer/2012/07/guess_my_lexile.html>.
Designed for the Google Apps for Education environment, Fluency Tutor™ for Google is an easy-to-use, time-saving leveled reading and assessment tool that helps teachers support struggling readers. Teachers pick reading passages based on content, lexile level_ or reading age and share with individual students or groups via Google Drive.
Students practice and record their assigned passages in a relaxed environment, at school or at home. Extra help is provided by text to speech, a dictionary, picture dictionary and translate tools.
After completion, teachers can listen to students’ recordings at a time that suits them, either in the classroom or elsewhere.
What online databases does Selma Unified subscribe to?
On your school library page look for the FCOE Portal log in icon. Use your teacher log in information to access many of the online databases that SUSD subscribes to. Your students will use their student log in to access the student versions of these databases.
ViewPure is a service that allows you to watch and project YouTube videos without seeing the related sidebar content typically seen on YouTube.com. ViewPure offers a free browser bookmarklet that you can use to clear the sidebar content while viewing a video on YouTube.
If you are looking to create a classroom website with a free website builder, take a look at Weebly for Education. Its easy to use and the drag and drop interface is ideal for busy teachers, and you can even create student accounts that you manage from a central dashboard.