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Teachers and students welcome!
I hope you enjoy these activities during your at-home learning experience!
STEP 1: WATCH THE READ ALOUD VIDEO EACH WEEK
STEP 2: WATCH THE LESSON ON WRITING SPOOKY STORIES
STEP 4: WRITE YOUR OWN SPOOKY STORY
It can be an entire story, or just one scene from a longer story. The minimum is 300 words. You can write more!
- Be sure and show us that your characters are scared by using their PHYSICAL REACTIONS.
- Build the MOOD of the story by choosing an appropriate SETTING or using WEATHER — or both.
STEP 5: ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
When you finish your story and polished it up to make it as good as it can be, go to the Contact page on my website: http://diannesalerni.com/contact/
Send me your finished version, and I will enter you in a giveaway for a free, autographed copy of Eleanor, Alice, & the Roosevelt Ghosts, to be mailed when the book comes out in September. The winner will be chosen by random on May 1, 2020.
I will contact the winner via the email address used to send me your story, so be sure to check with your teacher or parent on what email address to use! Good luck, and spooky writing!
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Librarians and media specialists often don’t get enough credit for creating safe spaces that inspire students and make them feel part of a community. Libraries have always been places of innovation, and those of you at their helm have been some of the first to embrace technology. We’ve created a list that can help you sift through all the tech options out there to stay at the forefront of your craft and to make your learning commons a central hub of information and culture in your school. Once you’ve checked out these apps, games, and websites, take a look at our Digital Citizenship curriculum for lessons that help students use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate.
Research and Citation –
NowComment K-12: Discussion platform for teaching, peer review, and fostering active reading. More info is on the website.
Citelighter Grade 3- 12: all-in-one tool scaffolds the research and writing process
Digital Public Library of America Grades 5-12: Useful for primary resources.
ZoteroBib Grades 5-12: Auto Generator of Citations.
Hypothes.is Grades 6 – 12: Annotation and brower extension to the web for citation
Noodle Tools 6-12: Created by a librarian for librarians. Inclusive of all of the above on one pla
Weava Grades 7-12: Use with Chrome and Chromebooks for organizing web research.
Go to the CommonSense website for Apps that work with STEM assistance in Coding and Robotics, Makerspaces, and 3D digital design and assistance with Reading and Writing, Download the entire list here.
Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen – A Weekly Webcast “Serial” with Author Rex Ogle
There’s a lot going on these days, what with school closures, and social distancing, and toilet-paper conundrums. It’s heavy stuff. It’s worrisome stuff. And it’s stuff that we’re all experiencing right along with Aiden Tyler, the title character in author Rex Ogle’s (Free Lunch) new & original story, AIDEN TYLER, QUARAN-TEEN. Rex is writing this creative new middle-grade offering in real-time, about our real-world predicament, and will be reading each week’s newest chapter aloud on this one-of-a-kind webcast “serial”! Tune in every Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET to catch the latest in Aiden’s quaran-teen’ed story–and stick around after the reading for a weekly Q&A with Rex. This is the perfect virtual get-away for students and educators looking for a fun and relatable escape from their own quarantines!
Can’t make the live readings? Don’t worry! Every episode of this webcast serial will be recorded and available to watch on-demand.
Rex Ogle is a part-time book editor and a full-time writer. He has worked for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Scholastic, and Little Brown, creating books with LEGO, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Men, and more. When he’s not writing, you can find him reading or hiding outdoors. You can follow him on Instagram @thirdrex where he tries to be funny, but often fails.
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Rhonda Mihalic is the Director of Marketing at Junior Library Guild. She’s a writer by trade and a reader by heart. With extensive experience in education marketing, content development and communications, Rhonda enjoys staying on top of trends and tactics in the world of life-long learning. Working with school and public librarians is her bookworm dream come true!