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    Staying Cool in the Library

    My Library is Closed for Testing - Now What?


    I will never forget the feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach when I was first told (many years ago) that the library was going to be closed for testing and I had to go into the classrooms to teach my lessons. I had no idea what I was going to do or how this would work. And it seemed that with each passing year the library was closed for longer periods of time. I grew to expect to be in...

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    Research Projects with What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?

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    One of my favorite nonfiction authors is Steve Jenkins. Students love reading his books and learning about all the different animal facts. The two I love best are Actual Size and What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? I have done several different activities after reading these books to my students including matching the animal to the part mentioned in the book to writing and art activities. Since...

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    5 Animal Research Websites for Students


    Ready to do some animal research? Finding trustworthy and appropriate  websites for students to use can be a challenge. Below are my go-to websites that you can feel confident having your students go to. Most of these sites also have videos, games and other educational activities as well.

    National Geographic for Kids


    DK Find Out

    San Diego Zoo Kids


    These websites below do have some advertisements on...

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    Getting Primary Students Ready to Research

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    We all know just how important it is to teach our students research skills. These include how to find information from print and digital sources, how to evaluate that information and how to use that information correctly. Over the next few weeks, I am going to write a series of blog posts providing ideas, advice, and resources that you can use to teach research skills to all your students,...

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    Biography Research Reports - Print and Digital


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    These Biography Research Reports can be used for any famous person including historical, current musicians or entertainers or sports stars. There are many different options in both the print and digital versions so you can easily customize the reports to fit the needs of your students.

    The reports can be used with any sources you have available: library books, encyclopedia articles, articles,...

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