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Kids keeping up with the news… online…

February 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Want your students to explore news and non-fiction online?

For example, what do they know about Egypt, which has been in the news for the past week?

Try some online newspapers and magazines for kids.

We just subscribed to a new biweekly one called “Our Little Earth“.

Read the January 28th edition here.  The lead story is about people rising against governments in Tunisia and Egypt.

CCBC – the BBC newsite for kids – also has a lead story on protests in Egypt.

For background information, try Qwiki. It’s a kid-friendly visual wikipedia that reads the information aloud.

Click here to see the basic Qwiki entry on Egypt.

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United Nations Day – Resources

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Thanks, DGo, for prompting me to update my own list of resources good for UN Day.

First of all, here are some Resource Lists of books in our library — and a selection of picture books (suitable for read-alouds) will be available this morning in a basket on Kalimah’s side-desk counter in AMK — and a similar basket will be given to Kathryn (KMc) in Tampines.

Second, here is a list of web links related to UN Day — collected via Diigo, the social bookmarking site.  (All the links that Deb initially sent me are included, plus others.)

The links are roughly organized into the following sections:  Videos, Things for kids to do, Children around the world, World stats/maps, and United Nations info.

Check out the World stats/maps section for videos showing the “If the world were a village….” — and if you want to see numbers flashing with up-to-the-second stats on population, births, deaths, etc., go to WorldOMeters.

Categories: Resources, Special events

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