12.08.2021

12 Books and Tech Tips Day 6

 

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12 Books in 12 Days - Day 6

In honor of the traditional Holiday song, the 12 Days of Christmas, we will celebrate books with 12 Books in 12 Days. Titles were recommended by school librarians throughout the country on the AASL Forum, best seller lists, best books of the year lists, and professional book reviews. As our 12 days rush by, we hope you find something worth reading as a holiday treat for yourself.
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For the Sixth Book of Christmas, a Good Friend Gave to Me: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (This was one of my favorite reads this year!)

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman‘s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows. By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying. The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it—the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation. - From Macmillan

 

 

 

Learn Math and Spreadsheets in this Fun Holiday Lesson for our 6th Day or Tech Tips

Using the 12 Days of Christmas song, students can learn spreadsheet formulas and review their math knowledge to find the numbers mentioned in this timeless carol.  Click HERE for a spreadsheet template with directions and even a tab showing help and answers. There is a quick 4 minute tutorial video!  What could be better than this? Thanks Eric Curts! As a bonus, you will find a link to even more Googley Wintertime Activities for kids! 
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Warmest wishes
for a happy holiday season
and a wonderful new year.

12 Books and Tech Tips Day 5

 

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS
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12 Books in 12 Days - DAY 5

In honor of the traditional Holiday song, the 12 Days of Christmas, we will celebrate books with 12 Books in 12 Days. Titles were recommended by school librarians throughout the country on the AASL Forum, best seller lists, best books of the year lists, and professional book reviews. As our 12 days rush by, we hope you find something worth reading as a holiday treat for yourself.
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For the fifth book of Christmas, a good friend gave to me: Billy Summers by Stephen King

A thrilling new novel about a good guy in a bad job. Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He‘s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he‘ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong? How about everything. This spectacular can‘t-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It‘s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption. You won‘t put this story down, and you won‘t forget Billy.- From author‘s website

 

 

 

Tech Tip Day 5 - Virtual Field Trips

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Virtual Field Trip Options

12 Days of Virtual Field Trips - Discovery Education
42 Virtual Field Trips for Kids - from Ellis Island to Mars without leaving the couch! 
Google Arts & Culture Nature and Science - keep scrolling! You won't believe how much is here
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12 Days of Books & Tech Tips



May the holiday season fill your home with joy,
your heart with love and your life with laughter.


12 Books and Tech Tips Day 4

 

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS
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12 Books in 12 Days

In honor of the traditional Holiday song, the 12 Days of Christmas, we will celebrate books with 12 Books in 12 Days. Titles were recommended by school librarians throughout the country on the AASL Forum, best seller lists, best books of the year lists, and professional book reviews. As our 12 days rush by, we hope you find something worth reading as a holiday treat for yourself.
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For the Fourth Book of Christmas, a Good Friend Gave to Me

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim‘s home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are – for different reasons – simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?- From Penguin Random House

 

 

 

TECH TIP: FEATURING JASON REYNOLDS 

it is difficult not to gush when referring to Jason Reynolds! He is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature at the Library of Congress!  He is smart, engaging, accurate and provides resources that are a must use in our digital classrooms.  Check out the links below and I dare you not to become a Jason Reynolds fan! "The minute that you read one of my books, you and I are friends." -Jason Reynolds
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12 Books and Tech Tips Day 3

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12 Books in 12 Days

In honor of the traditional Holiday song, the 12 Days of Christmas, we will celebrate books with 12 Books in 12 Days. Titles were recommended by school librarians throughout the country on the AASL Forum, best seller lists, best books of the year lists, and professional book reviews. As our 12 days rush by, we hope you find something worth reading as a holiday treat for yourself.
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For the third book of Christmas, a good friend gave to me: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (do yourself a favor and get the audio book)

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn‘t know that. He can‘t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he‘s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he‘s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it‘s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he‘s got to do it all alone. Or does he? An irresistible interstellar adventure as only Andy Weir could deliver, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian—while taking us to places it never dreamed of going. - From Penguin Random House

 

 

 

Tech Tip Day 3: 15 Ideas for Digital  Projects

Create a choice board or try something new for a classroom project. Students love to create for an authentic reason or end product. Click HERE to learn more! Think about projects like creating a website, a screencast, an infographic, a podcast, an annotated collection, a genius hour project, a story, a quiz or a game! Do yourself another favor and follow Ditch that Textbook
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12 Days of Books List

2. Cloud Cuckoo Land by Doerr
1. The Fire Keeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Have a magical holiday season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

12.06.2021

12 Days of Books and Tech Tips - Day 2

 

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12 Books in 12 Days

In honor of the traditional Holiday song, the 12 Days of Christmas, we will celebrate books with 12 Books in 12 Days. Titles were recommended by school librarians throughout the country on the AASL Forum, best seller lists, best books of the year lists, and professional book reviews. As our 12 days rush by, we hope you find something worth reading as a holiday treat for yourself.
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For the second book of Christmas, a good friend gave to me: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr‘s gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope—and a book. In Cloud Cuckoo Land, Doerr has created a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness—with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us, and with those who will be here after we‘re gone. Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. This she reads to her ailing sister as the walls of the only place she has known are bombarded in the great siege of Constantinople. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, miles from home, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the invading army. His path and Anna‘s will cross. Five hundred years later, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno, who learned Greek as a prisoner of war, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon‘s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege. And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father. She has never set foot on our planet. -From Simon & Schuster

 

 

 

Gimkit Goes FREE!

Game changing announcement! Gimkit is wonderful and engaging but I have hesitated recommending it because of the fees, but Gimkit has changed their model. Click HERE for more details. Over a dozen different game modes exist in Gimkit, with more coming soon. With the new free plan, you'll get unlimited access to the currently featured modes. Woot!
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May the Christmas season
fill your home with joy,
your heart with love
and your life with laughter.