January 26 Network Meeting Resources

Six Flags Read to Succeed

The UK celebrates National Library Day Feb. 4 with free posters from the School Library Association.

Read Across Americais a national day celebrating reading, sponsored by the NEA and California Teacher's Association along with leading literacy and youth groups. In California, Read Across America is observed on Friday, March 2, in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

YouTube Education

Doodle 4 Google Contest Submission deadline is March 23

School Library Journal's Best Books of 2011

Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2011

Prezi has introduced a new webiste, PreziU to offer support to educational users of Prezi. It includes links to tutorials, a library of Prezis developed for K12 and for universities, and a forum for sharing information.

Richard Byrne, who writes the Free Technology for Teachers blog, has published a new ebook on Digital Storytelling. It includes 10 great examples of digital storytelling projects as well as information on free software tools and sources of creative commons images and sounds that can be used in projects. this great resource can be downloaded free.

Paula shared Storybirdinfo.

Think Tutorial: over 1,400 free tutorials for software like Microsoft Office and web based services like Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook.

Library Skills Lesson Plans

What to teach when:
Model School Library Standards plus
at K-6:
CDE's School Library Standards page has links to grade level curriculum guideswhich incorporate school library standards. The newest document, Transitioning to the CCSS, contains grade-level chapters with short descriptive narratives and the content standards for the CCSS in English language arts and mathematics.
at Grades 6 - 8:
Look at the Model Library Standards along with the Common Core Standards for ELA ( see p.27-28 for Reading Literature and p.30-33 for Informational Text) and for Literacy in History (pp. 50-51) and Science (pp 52-53).

Look at how other people do it:
  • Modesto City Schools K-6 Library Media lessons
  • The American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database is a tool to support school librarians and other educators in teaching the essential learning skills defined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. To register and begin using the Lesson Plan Database, visit http://aasl.jesandco.org.
  • Read, Write, Think offers lesson plans from NCTE and the International Reading Association, searchable by grade, theme, resource type, and more.
  • Librarians at North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas have posted library lesson plans for K-8 organized by grade, topic, and content area.
  • Hanover County Public Schools has grade level lessons that support their Library Media Curriculum.
  • More resources for Information Skills instruction are at http://www.sldirectory.com/libsf/resf/libplans.html
  • The Library at ppst.com has PowerPoint presentations on call numbers, the Dewey system, etc.