In Kindergarten, the new year begins a study of nonfiction and the differences between these information books and fiction stories. In LMC we examined and read an information book on Squirrels, noticing the Table of Contents, the ability to read just a chapter in the middle of the book, the bold words and the Glossary. Most of all we found out that reading nonfiction/information books you have the chance to say "I didn't know that!" when you learn something new! For example, we learned that squirrels teeth never stop growing! That can't happen with a fiction story! But then we read Scaredy Squirrel to have lots of laughs at the silliness and fun.
In Fourth Grade, we helped prepare students for independent research by examining, discussing, and practicing how a researcher needs to evaluate a website they have found before using it for information. Because nobody is checking the web, and not everything online is trustworthy or useful, student must learn how to evaluate for themselves. Using Nearpod, students learned about and assessed websites for authority, currency, content, design and purpose.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.