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Check It Out: November 16, 2016

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Elementary librarians: Just a reminder that you are required to teach at least one Common Sense Media Lesson for each grade levle 3-6. Here is the link the the Common Sense Media libguides created for you:


Nov. 16 - New Librarians and Mentors Meeting (TAC)

Nov. 29 - Middle School Team Meeting 12:00 (Location TBD)

Nov. 30 - High School Team Meeting 12:00 (Location TBD)


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Be sure to send pictures of events in your library, lessons you give, student creations, bulletin boards or displays, etc. to Courtney to post on our social media sites.  We would LOVE to feature every school at least once this school year!  Thank you.

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Thank you to Cindy Jackson at Druid Hill for sharing:

I just stumbled upon this. It may not be new but it is new to me and I am excited to share.

It is from but an extension of the site for educators with Inquiry lesson plans and more.

Find ready-to-use lesson plans and classroom resources, insights and inspiration from leading educators, and how Wonders of the Day® correlate to education standards.

Thank you to Diana Casey at Gateway for sharing this PowerPoint she used.  She took the Question Master from the Big 6+ Inquiry Toolbox and adapted it to fit topics for her 6th grade students.

Thank you to Robin Wilks for sharing the Sway she created for her Super 3+/Big6+ Inquiry Presentation.  She wanted to be able to show teachers how to use one of the Microsoft tech tools as well as share the information from the presenation.

Here is the Sway Presentation of your Super 3+ & Big 6+ Inquiry PowerPoint.

Thank you to Erin Solheim who plays music quietly in the background as students are working. When the noise level gets a bit too loud, she will say, "Oh, students, can you hear the music? I 'm having trouble hearing the music," and they quickly quiet down. What a positive way to remind students of expectations! for ELL Students

Is your staff looking for a way to create picture icons for visual supports such as schedules, first/then, mini schedules, etc. for ELL students and students with limited language?  Then, ConnectABILITY may be just what they're looking for!  

ConnectABILITY features templates for creating visuals.  The size of each visual is determined by how many icons you want per page (1-16 per page). You can choose to print or save as a PDF if you will use the same images often. There is also an option to use  real photos for each image. ConnecctABILITY allows you to enter your own label for each picture and features help/information sheets and short videos (under 10 minutes each) about why the strategy is used and modeling the strategy in action.

Here is a link to ConnectABIITYThe cost is free (Funded by a grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities). There are no accounts to create or products to download. Give it a try!

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