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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Free eBooks Sites

If you're like me, you never seem to have enough copies of the popular books in your media center, but probably don't have the funds to invest in more copies.  I have recently come across 2 ebooks sites that are free to educators and offer some of the more popular books.

Epic is an ebook site that is free to educators.  It's just $4.99 per month for other uses.  Epic! has over 10,000 titles for K-12.  It is web based, but also has an App Store and Google Play app available.  The educator account includes 36 individual profiles so that you can customize the app for each of your students. This wouldn't necessarily work in the media center, but you could set up a profile for each grade level and put books appropriate for those levels in those profiles.

Check out some of the books that are offered on Epic in these screenshots:

The sports cars, military, and dog and cat pet books are always checked out in my media center.  Now students can access even more of these types of books on Epic!

 You find out more about Epic! HERE and find out more about Epic for Educators HERE.

Zing! is a free ebook site for educators, parents and students. 

Educators can assign specific books to students.

Zing even has a resources page for educators which includes reading, writing, grammar, pd, and books resources.  I love the selection of non-fiction that Zing! offers.

You can even search Zing! by guided reading, Lexile or ATOS level to find books.

Zing! even provides video tutorials to help you use Zing! more effectively.  

You can find out more about Zing! HERE.

For even more ebook sites, check out THIS past Book Bug post.

Are there any ebook sites that you love?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Love Our Little School!

Our visit from the AdvancED team member yesterday went very smoothly. Everyone was on their best behavior and our school truly shined.  I am so blessed to be a Moreland Wildcat.  There's no place I'd rather be!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day!

Today we are being visited by a member of the AdvancED team as part of our county's accreditation process.  On top of that, we are possibly going to be getting some severe weather this afternoon.

Fun times.  Let's hope this day is not like the Bill Murray Groundhog Day movie and doesn't repeat itself over and over.

To make the day a little more fun, I am planning to read Groundhog Day by Gail Gibbons with my kinders and firsties.

And then we are going to play a Kahoot! using the iPads. 

I found a Kahoot! already created that goes with Groundhog Day by Gail Gibbons. Score!  You can play it HERE.

If you haven't checked out Kahoot!  I highly recommend it.  It's super easy to create a quiz and the kids love it.  Kahoot! is easy enough for kinders to play, but fun and engaging enough for even adults.  Who doesn't love a good competition?

I also created THIS little activity sheet for students to color while they wait their turn to go to the shelves. You can download it for free HERE.

Here's hoping that spring is just around the corner.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Super Bowl Fun

                        Call Number Sorting Center                                 Shelf Order Center

With the Super Bowl coming up next weekend, I brought out these fun shelf order centers last week.

These Call Number Puzzles from Jennifer Siderius also make for a fun center.  At least one puzzle has a sports theme.

We played a game of Minute to Win It to see if they could sort the cards in one minute.  It made it really fun.  Not too many finished, but they all enjoyed it.  I used the fact that not many finished to point out the importance of using a shelf marker to keep books in order otherwise they could end up like a big unorganized their sorting cards were before they put them in order.

You can find these DEMCO book-stops HERE.

I retaught students about the sports and leisure genre and reminded them where the non-fiction sports books and biographies are.  I also book talked some of the fiction sports books we have in our collection.

Although it is usually a pretty popular non-fiction section, the 700s were even more heavily checked out last week.  Hopefully that trend will continue.  Sometimes it just takes a little reminder.

We also just received a shipment of 170 new non-fiction books.  I will be working frantically to get them shelf ready and into my patrons' hands as soon as possible.

Always a fun time in the media center! What's going on in your media center this week?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2015 Book Swap

Right before we left for the holidays, we had our bi-annual Book Swap.  The week before the Book Swap, students turned in their gently used paperback children's books.  The following week they pick out their "new" books.  So exciting!

I have been doing Book Swaps for 3 years now and they are always a big hit. They are super easy to do with minimal set up and prep.  December is the perfect time to do a Book Swap because students can clear off their shelves to make room for some "new" books.  I also do a Book Swap in April after testing is over.  It's a fun little celebration of learning and makes "testing week" a little more bearable.

You can get a copy of my free Book Swap pack HERE.  It includes everything you need to do a Book Swap at your school.  Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside

It seems that winter has finally decided to make an appearance here in Georgia. The recent colder weather and the fact that I will have to set the alarm for the first time in 16 nights tonight brought to mind some winter items I have created in the past and thought I'd reshare them with you.

First, here are some cute winter signs to put up around your media center. This is a FREE download and includes both vertical and horizontal signs. Click HERE to download them from my TpT store.  I would appreciate your feedback if you download them.  =)

While you're on my TpT store, you may want to also download these FREE winter bookmarks that match the signs. Click HERE to download your copy now.  If you choose to download, I'd love to know what you thought of the freebie, so please leave a short feedback comment to let me know.  =)

If you like the free bookmark pack, but want more, there is a larger pack of 32 available for just $2.00. This pack includes 16 color and 16 black and white bookmarks for your friends to color.  Click HERE to see this product.

I have also created a couple of winter library centers to help teach/review shelf order and call numbers.

The call number sorting center includes

  • 2 center signs (in both color and black and white to save ink) with options of 2 different ways to run the center
  • 12 sorting cards (2 versions: one version with the FIC call number and one version with the F call number-both in color and black and white to save ink)
  • Section labels (in both color and black and white; includes Easy, Everybody, and Everyone options for the E section)
  • Game board (includes Easy, Everybody, and Everyone options for the E section)
  • Answer sheets (in both color and black and white to save ink)
  • Recording sheet (for second center option)
You can print the black and white center signs and sorting cards on colored cardstock or paper to save ink.  

If you have access to a poster printer, you should be able to print the game board to make it large enough for the game cards to be placed on.  If you don't have access to a poster printer, you can use the section label cards instead.

You can purchase this center for $3.00 in my TpT store by clicking HERE.

The Shelf Order Center includes

  • 2 center signs (one in color and one in black and white to save ink)
  • 3 sets (easy, average, and challenge levels) of cards for each of the following sections: E, FIC/ F, and Non-fiction (10-12 cards per set both in color and black and white to save ink)
  • Recording sheet (2 per page to save ink)
  • Answer sheets (2 per page and in both color and black and white to save ink)
As with the call number center, you can print the black and white center signs and call number cards on colored cardstock or paper to save ink.  Laminate for extra durability.

You can purchase this center for $5.00 in my TpT store by clicking HERE.

If these centers don't float your boat, maybe you can find some you will like in this Winter Centers Freebie.  This pack includes signs for seven centers.  Answer sheets for several of the centers are also provided.  NOTE: you will have to purchase some items for these centers.  You can read about these centers on THIS previous post.

The center signs included in this freebie are

  • Winter Puzzles
  • Create a Bookmark
  • Pop Up Game
  • Winter Words
  • 4 in a Row
  • I Spy
  • Guess Who
To download the freebie, click HERE.  

This is a Google doc, so you will need to download it to save it.

If you have to go back to work tomorrow like I do, hopefully these fun winter items will make going back a little easier.  =)

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, friends!

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to review some book care rules, and that is exactly what I will be doing with my kinder and firsties when we get back next week.

I use a fun PowerPoint I purchased on TpTs from The Library Fox.  You can purchase your copy HERE.  The first graders really went wild about it last year.  All I had to do after using this PowerPoint was say "Are you being a good library ninja?" and they immediately correct their behavior.

The set also comes with library ninja bookmarks, but I made my own bookmarks that reviews book care rules.  I pass these out at the end of our time together. You  can download these  HERE from my TpT store for free.

While some of my little ninjas are busy at the shelves, my other ninja friends are at their tables working on a review sheet about book care.  I made it be sort of a New Year's resolution type review.  You can download a copy of it HERE.

And if you'd rather have New Year's bookmarks, you can snag this 4 bookmark freebie in my TpT store HERE.

Or you can get a larger pack of 24  which includes 12 color and 12 black and white bookmarks for your friends to color for only $2.00 in my TpT store.  Click HERE to go there now.

Hope your 2016 is the best one yet!