Monday, 27 February 2012

Past websites of the week...Have fun!

Have fun!
Plenty of variety!
You can visit these past websites of the week any time through
                                  the Website of the Week tab 
                                     (surrounded by stars in this picture)   

   COOKIE logo and a range of games available Logo Merry Christmas Maths Facts Fun

National Geographic KIDS

DARE to explore!!! 

icons of different countries in alohabetical order                                                                     Screenshot of home page                                                           
  Draw a Stickman FUN! FUN! FUN!                          


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All About Animals- Have fun exploring!!

All About Animalsfrom Northumberland Grid for Learning

All About Animals can be explored in three ways: using menus to search for information, using the index and using key words.

The database is available in two versions: with sound support on the menus and simple description pages or without sound.

Who is your favourite author?

In the library this year we have been ensuring that the students get time to "slow down and read in peace." So often life is hectic that it is vital to take the time to slow down. 
 The Slow Reading Movement is part of the “slow movement” which aims to decrease the pace of life and promote greater comprehension. The Slow Reading Movement believes that we are losing the ability to read deeply. We tend to skim and browse more and more these days. If interested you can join in the International Day of Slowness.
slow reading
Is it time to slow our reading down? Photograph: Steve Caplin

"Slow reading is the intentional reduction in the speed of reading
carried out to increase comprehension or pleasure." Wikipedia
Slow Reading

Read more at The Art of Slow Reading.

In slow reading "the goal is a closer connection between readers and their information."  John Miedema -author of "Slow Reading."

Tracy Seeley, an English professor at the University of San Francisco, and the author of a blog about slow reading, feels strongly that slow reading shouldn't "just be the province of the intellectuals. Careful and slow reading, and deep attention, is a challenge for all of us."

We have been using the SQUIRT method for classes from Year 1-6. The kids respond happily. They love not being interrupted.

Students have been doing a great job of borrowing all kinds of books from many different authors. This week we are going to explore some of their favourite authors.
Who is your favourite author?

Here is a poll for the students to take on their favourite authors. 

        The poll is made in BooRoo- a free, very easy to use poll, survey and quiz creator. 

Some of these authors and illustrators we have in our library, but some we don't. If you feel that you would like to recommend we purchase new books please feel welcome to make a suggestion by jotting down the Title, Author and Publisher and handing it in to the library. 

We read... other less fortunate children receive books to read.

In the library we have recently introduced this wonderful initiative-We Give Books as part of our Global Studies. The digital stories are so easy to access and read as a class using our data projector, in groups or as individuals on our netbooks. Some of our classes have already started implementing the program in their classrooms and as part of their suggested homework.
           Combining the joy of reading with the power of helping others

 We Give Books was created by the Penguin Group 
                                         and the Pearson Foundation.
What a great encouragement and incentive to our students. 
Everytime a registered user reads a free online digital book the Pearson Foundation donated a book. View a video that outlines the project.

"We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don't have them, simply by reading online.
We Give Books combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers."

Please take a minute to log in or sign up and help share books with children who need them.

For every book members read online, We Give Books donates a book to a child who doesn't have one. It's easy and free.
Your family can choose which campaign it will support. 
There is NO cost,
however, you DO need to sign up and log in so they can track your reading.

Parents can visit: We Give Books - Read a book. Give a book. to discover ways to establish this fabulous initiative in your homes easily.
Teachers and Librarians: Ideas to make We Give Books -Read a Book Give a Book successfully work in your classroom.
There are three classifications of books to choose from: New Releases, Popular and Classics. When you sign up the books that your children read are stored for easy reviewing in your library.

The students can use the topic words to search for books they are interested in: