my sixth graders are working on a PPT presentation of a destination they’s like to visit. They would have a blast using Big Huge Lab and downloading images. Alternatively, they could go to flikr and ascertain which images are availlable for use according to creative commons licensing.
Students colored in map, photographs reference texts from Module, teachers reference bulletin board as they progress through units.
I confess I had not been an ardent fan of Twitter but relying on the enthusiasm of others so much more knowledgeable than me, I signed up and I am discovering articles and blogs I otherwise would not. For example reading Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings at http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/11/26/does-my-goldfish-know-who-i-am/ reminded me why I chose to become a school librarian–to find amswers to seemingly impossible questions. I may have to include Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am by Gemma Edwin Harris in my 2014 book order.
Vacation! Love having the time to read! If you or your student enjoyed The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Selznick, try The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt. Nineteenth century setting, adventures of 12-year old actor trying on different roles to solve various mysteries not the least of which is figuring out if his parents are lost, kidnapped, or intentionally abandoned him. Terrific storyline for the more sophisticated intermediate reader.