Archive for November, 2010

November 11: Remembrance Day

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Roxanne came in this morning and reminded me that today is Remembrance Day — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — when World War I ended.

Here is a resource list of books in the library on World War I.  Kalimah has pulled all the ones still available off the shelf and has them in a basket next to her desk.  Please feel free to come in and borrow them for a period or two.

I particularly recommend the story of the famous poem (NB: Roxanne has this book out, but will share it if you ask:

Here’s a moving song and dance rendition of that poem (Grade 5, perfect for your current unit):

Categories: Resources, Special events

BrainPOP and other subscription goodies

November 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Ben Morley just wrote and asked me re BrainPOP.  Yes, we do have a school subscription!

All the logins/passwords to school subscriptions can be found under the Quick Links tab on the Staff – East page after you’ve logged into the school website.



BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr.(K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and BrainPOP ESL. All are supported by BrainPOP Educators, and feature free lesson plans, video tutorials, professional development tools, graphic organizers, best practices, and much more.

The username and password can’t be printed here.  Go to the above school webpage to find them.

What else can you find there?  Login/passwords for BookFlix and TumbleBooks, Global Newsbank, Atomic Learning, etc.

Atomic Learning gives you instant access to technology tutorials on things like:

Go have a look at our subscriptions…..  Let us know if you have any problems logging into anything.

Note: Encyclopedia Britannica is the only one where we do NOT have a login/password for out-of-school access.

Inquiry with Kath Murdoch – Nov. 8-10, 2010

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Kath Murdoch returns one year later….

I’ve put various materials and links — all relating to Kath — on the Teacher Library portal.  See the Kath Murdoch page.   (There are still a couple of books of hers available in the library, and every grade level should have a copy of her Classroom Connections.)

The schedule for her visit has been posted on (see here).

Here are my (Google Docs) notes from her visit with us Nov. 9, 2009.  For those of you who were here, the notes should jog your memory.  For those of you who weren’t, it will give you some idea of what we did.

A few weeks after her visit, we did a walk around each other’s teaching spaces, looking for evidence of the kinds of learning Kath promotes.  Click here to see a few pictures I took that day.

p.s.  In preparation for Kath’s visit — and in thinking about inquiry in general, I recommend you read Kathy Short’s chapter “Inquiry as a Stance on Curriculum” in the book Taking the PYP Forward — which you can find online here on the Inquiry page on the Resourcing the PYP website.

(We do have a copy of  Taking the PYP Forward in the library, but it’s still being processed.  Will be available next week.)