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14 Resources for Citing Sources. Have you ever heard the saying that there is my truth, your truth, and somewhere in the middle, the real truth? Pinpointing the truth is the reason why I always find myself wanting to ask people to prove what they say. Let’s acknowledge this truth. We frequently don’t know if we can believe what we read. We always must question if we are reading, watching, or listening to a credible source. Our students need to learn how to be their own fact-checkers and reject fake news.

(Lesley Farmer wrote an informative post about it.) There is no doubt that teaching students to cite information, regardless of their ages, can be difficult. Do we want our students to get “culture shock” when they start college? Here are a few resources to help students learn how to cite sources properly. Use these resources to help you teach your students. Games Tutorials Citation Generators Author: Daniella Smith Daniella Smith, PhD. is a former school and public librarian. Like this: Like Loading... Lens into the Library – Ideas, inspirations, and reflections on a middle school library. Tech Tools - AASL Standards for the Learner (PETE&C 2018)

All About Explorers. Library/Media Center / 7th Grade SS Fake News. Day 6: Library Jenga – Lens into the Library. Ok… I needed a way to spruce up Library Orientation…and fast. After reflecting on my practice the last few years I knew that the students needed to be instructed on how to use the catalog, but I needed to make it fun and interactive. Library Jenga was a HIT! First, I took five classic Jenga sets and attached numbered stickers to roughly half of the blocks in each set (around 25 each).

Then, I made a Google Form (the password is “BOOKJENGAPURPLE”–all capital letters, all one word) that allowed students to select numbers from a drop down menu. Each number represented a book. Once a number was selected the title and author of a book in the collection would be displayed on the Google Form. The books I chose were the top 50 books from the previous year as well as our state student choice award nominees (Golden Sowers), and some great nonfiction books that I thought deserved some air time. I then divided the students into five different colored groups (one Jenga game per group). Like this: Let's All Share What We Do As Future Ready Librarians In Each One Of The FRL Wedges! I had such a wonderful time with our team as we worked with administrators, technology directors, principals, coaches and of course, lots of very special Future Ready Librarians.

On the second day, as we examined, dissected and shared ways Future Ready Librarians lead, teach and serve within our libraries, schools and communities, one of my new friends, Becky Ackermann, came up to me with an idea from the collaborating they were doing at their table. Even though we took the FRL Framework apart on the first day together by breaking into 10 groups and... ...providing more meaning and examples to each wedge, Becky and her table thought it would be super helpful to now come up with very specific examples, ideas, resources and more to help us be successful and creative within each. We started to do this with the sticky notes we were adding on Day 1, but it would be nice to have an online place where these ideas are captured and stored for everyone to use and share.

Now, where the fun part begins! Explore Smithsonian: What can we Learn from Lion Poop? | Smithsonian Science Education Center. GooseChase Game - Library Orientation Master copy. Fake News Resources for Teachers - Julie Smith. Resources to Help You Get Started: Super fun to have everyone jumping on the “fake news” bandwagon – we media literacy folks have been barking about this for YEARS! Welcome! =) In no particular order, here are some resources on fake news, fake news creation and how to identify it. Remember, even if it looks real, you should still double-check. How to Spot Fake News: Common Sense Media FactCheck.Org USA Today Washington Post International Federation of Library Associations Fairly Well-Documented Fake News Sites: Fake News Sites to Avoid Fake News Lesson Plans: From PBS From KQED From the New York Times From Edutopia From C-Span Other Cool Resources on this topic: The Psychology Behind Fake News Why Our Brains are Wired to Believe Fake News How a Kid in Macedonia Makes Thousands Creating Fake News Inside the Macedonian Fake News Machine Fake News Resources from Renee Hobbs Ways Teachers are Fighting Fake News News-Decoder article from Nelson Graves My pal Michelle Ciulla Lipkin on CNN’s Reliable Sources!

Astronauts Are Reading Children’s Books in Space to Encourage a Love of STEM. Be Internet Awesome - About. Screencast-O-Matic. STEM Read – Discover the Science Behind the Fiction. Team-Building Games and Activities for the Classroom. Some of the most important skills we can teach our 21st-century learners are making good decisions, solving problems and, perhaps most importantly, working in collaboration with a wide variety of people.

Team-building games and activities are a great tool for helping students learn to work together, listen carefully, communicate clearly, and think creatively. They also give your students the chance to get to know each other, build trust as a community and, best of all, have some fun! Here are 20 team-building activities that will teach your students these skills and more. 1. Applause, Please.

Form groups of between three and five students. 2. Divide students into groups of equal numbers. 3. This game is a quick way to take note of your students’ interests. 4. This game shows kids how much they have in common with one another and is a variation of the game above. 5. This activity helps students discover fellow like minds in their class. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.