Did You Know? Center

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We recently got 6 iPads for the library.  4th graders have spent the last few weeks exploring some of the informational apps I’ve bought.  They have practiced finding information in them and have been thinking about the pros and cons of each app. Some favorites so far are Barefoot World Atlas and Bobo Explores Light.  I also have a few Britannica Kids encyclopedias.  If you have any informational app suggestions, I’d love to hear them!The kids LOVE exploring the apps during center time but I wanted them to be tracking their learning somehow.  A few weeks ago, as one class was walking in the door, I grabbed some scraps of bright colored card stock and added it to the iPad … Continued

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Wondrous Words

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Who knew an online dictionary could be so much fun???  My students love using Word Central when we do dictionary and thesaurus work.  Word Central is an easy to use website by Merriam-Webster.  In addition to a dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionary, there are many other fun things for students to do.  There is a Build Your Own Dictionary to add made up words.  My favorite is bookster – a person who really likes to read books.  There are also some fun spelling games the kids go nuts over.   I have seen paint chips being used all over Pinterest and thought there has to be a great way to use them with Word Central.  As a fun way to practice using … Continued

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Zoinks!

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This is Zoinks the Answer Alien: Every week, he asks my students a new trivia question.  Students must use library resources to answer the question.  I have links to library resources on my website and they can use the library catalog and books as well.  Some of our online resources are Grolier, Kids InfoBits, Word Central, Encyclopedia Britannica, and Fact Monster.  Once the kids find their answer, they write their name, class, answer, and source on a slip of paper and “feed” it to Zoinks.   At the end of the week, I count up answers and choose winners out of a basket (1 winner for every 10 answers) The winners get to choose a book from my book prize box. … Continued

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