Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Camp Google ROCKS

Want something fun AND educational for your kids to do this summer? 
Check out Camp Google! 

What is Camp Google? 
Camp Google is a FREE camp for kids, full of science 
activities and adventures lad by experts. 
Students can conduct virtual investigations through Camp Google. 

Students, with the help of an adult, can also participate in 
hands-on learning activities related to the theme of each week of Camp Google. 

There are four weeks of Camp Google: 



Music Week- Coming August 3rd

What a great way for kids to spend some time having fun and learning at the same time!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Elementary Social Studies Resources- Part 4

As I did back in the spring for Science,
I've been working on gathering social studies resources for 
the K-6 teachers in our district and dividing them out by topic.
There are so many great social studies sites out there!

Revolutionary War, US Geography, US Government, US Presidents





Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Elementary Social Studies Resources- Part 3

As I did back in the spring for Science,
I've been working on gathering social studies resources for 
the K-6 teachers in our district and dividing them out by topic.
There are so many great social studies sites out there!

I've compiled a BUNCH of lists so I'll post a few each day this week.
Check back each day this week for more lists!

Landforms, Map Reading & Directions, Native Americans


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Elementary Social Studies Resources- Part 2

As I did back in the spring for Science,
I've been working on gathering social studies resources for 
the K-6 teachers in our district and dividing them out by topic.
There are so many great social studies sites out there!

I've compiled a BUNCH of lists so I'll post a few each day this week.
Check back each day this week for more lists!

Continents, Countries, Egypt


Egypt
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Elementary Social Studies Resources- Part 1

As I did back in the spring for Science,
I've been working on gathering social studies resources for 
the K-6 teachers in our district and dividing them out by topic.
There are so many great social studies sites out there!

I've compiled a BUNCH of lists so I'll post a few each day this week.
Check back each day this week for more lists!

First up: Civil War, Colonial Times, and Communities!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What Should I Read Now?

It's often hard to find something to read once you've finished a great book.
Here are some great sites that help you pick a new book, based on a book you enjoyed!


This one is super simple. Type in a book you liked and find another book to read!



On What Should I Read Next? just enter a book you like and the site will provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.




Whichbook is a unique site for choosing what to read.
If you're not good at remembering book titles, or if you are the sort of reader who likes to choose by browsing round a little and seeing what tempts you, whichbook is the perfect solution to help you find what you are looking for. Move the sliders to express what you’re looking for and see what comes up. Scroll down to see all the books which match your chosen sliders or click Find similar to see books which match the specific title most closely. If you don't fancy any of the books offered, change your choices and try again - there are millions of different individual permutations possible.



As a visual person, I love Jellybooks!
Jellybooks is like a candy store, where you can sample everything for free, except all the treats are ebooks, that you can download, and you can share them online with friends, too.
Just start scrolling our pages and explore the book covers on display. See an interesting book? Simply click on the cover for more information and to sample or share the first 10% of the book!


This has a section specifically for children which I love. 
Just type in a book you love and a list of similar books appears. 




2 Titles is specifically for teens. 
Here's their description: 
Through this quick and easy survey, we get to know your personality, hobbies and interests, and then lead you to the start of an exciting journey that begins with two books that we think you’ll love.





Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Texas summers are made for adventures and some of the best 
adventures are found in books! 

Below are some fabulous summer reading programs 
out there to motivate kids to read this summer!



Barnes & Noble Imagination's Destination is a great 
program where kids can earn a free book!

Here Is How:
  1. Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF).
  2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Find a Store.
  3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store... Enjoy reading!
Book Adventure is a FREE program from Sylvan Learning for kids grades K-8. 
They can search for books, read them offline, 
come back to quiz on what they've read, and earn prizes! 





Beginning June 22nd, kids can share their daily reading minutes, download fun activities, and chat with Greg, Rowley, and the Wimpy Kid gang on the bookitsummer.com website!
Kids who read 5 books by August 15th have a chance to win awesome Book IT! prizes. 




Half Price Books Summer Reading Program: Feed Your Brain 
is a great program from kids in preschool through high school where you can earn 
Bookworm Bucks good towards books! 

For kids 8th grade and under: 
Read 15 minutes a day for a month in June and July. 
(Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.) 
Use this reading log, add up your minutes and have your 
parent or guardian initial each week. 
Once you’ve reached 300 or more minutes, 
bring your log to your local HPB to claim your Bookworm Bucks.

High school students: 
Read a book each month in June and July and write a short review. 
Skip the reading log and bring your review to your local HPB
 to claim your Bookworm Bucks.




For the H-E-Buddy Summer Reading Club all you have to do is read ten books and record them on the reading log from the form found HERE. Each time a child logs a book, an adult initials by the title so they get credit for reading. Once the log is complete, simply mail the form to the address below, and you'll be rewarded with a special t‑shirt. 
You have until October 1 to get in ten good reads.



The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children.  
Kids can....
  •  read and log minutes all summer
  • unlock stories and earn reward for reading
  • help set a new reading world record



Saturday, May 30, 2015

Google Takeout

We are a GAFE district and when someone leaves our district, 
they usually have quite a bit collected in their Google Account.

Thankfully there  is a great tool from Google called Google Takeout
that allows you to select any Google services you want 
to archive and download them! 
It's super simple and it's free!

You simply go to Google Takeout, 
select the data you want to include, 
click Next, 
choose your download format and delivery method, 

and click Create archive. 

Easy, peasy! 

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