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Explainer: What is Kik? - What is Kik? Kik is a mobile messaging application that can be used on both android and iPhone. The popular app which is free to use is similar to Viber and WhatsApp but has some additional functions that differentiate it. For example, an internal browser, meaning users are encouraged to spend more time within the app.

The app has been in the news recently, if your child has a Kik account, caution should be taken. The main functions of Kik are: One to one chattingSend messages, videos, pictures, gifs, etc.Group chat (with up to 49 other users)Anonymous chatPromoted Chats allow users to follow and chat with different brands in music, entertainment and more. Are there any restrictions? Like most other social networks and messaging apps, users must be at least 13 to register for a Kik account. Who can my child talk to? The app allows users to connect with people in their phone book/contact list who already have a Kik account. Your username is your identity on Kik. The Flirt! App Purchases. Using Graphic Novels with Children and Teens: A Guide for Teachers and Librarians.

Graphic Novels Are Hot! No longer an underground movement appealing to a small following of enthusiasts, graphic novels have emerged as a growing segment of book publishing, and have become accepted by librarians and educators as mainstream literature for children and young adults — literature that powerfully motivates kids to read. Are graphic novels for you? Should you be taking a more serious look at this format? How might graphic novels fit into your library collection, your curriculum, and your classroom? Want to know more? If so, this guide is for you.

What are graphic novels? In this context, the word “graphic” does not mean “adult” or “explicit.” Are graphic novels suitable for the young, and how do I evaluate them? Some parents, educators, and librarians may associate the term “graphic novel” with content that is not suitable for young readers. How do graphic novels promote literacy? Motivation Graphic novels powerfully attract and motivate kids to read.

Reluctant readers Poetry Blogs. Comic Relief: Thirty-nine graphic novels that kids can’t resist. By Brigid Alverson, Robin Brenner, Kate Dacey, Esther Keller, Scott Robins, Eva Volin, and Snow Wildsmith, 7/1/2011 Welcome to those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. And what better way for kids to while away the hours than with comics? Let’s face it, comics are flat-out fun, and with their fabulous stories, colorful characters, and wacky humor, even reluctant readers find them tough to resist. In recent years, comics have become bigger than ever.

The following 39 comics are titles that kids will actually want to read—without any well-meaning prompting from parents, educators, and summer reading lists. Grades K-2 Beard, George and Harold Hutchins (Dav Pilkey). Hayes, Geoffrey. Kanata, Konami. Morimoto, Sango. Raicht, Michael and Brian Smith. Sava, Scott Christian and Christian Gonzalez Valdes.My Grandparents Are Secret Agents. illus. by Juan Saavedra Mourgues and Christian Gonzalez Valdes. Spires, Ashley. Grades 3-5 Chantler, Scott. Hatke, Ben. Krosoczka, Jarrett. McCranie, Stephen. About. Brain-Compatible Study Strategies. Driving my 15-year-old daughter home from cross country, I asked her where she learned to study. She replied, "Mom, I have never been taught how to study, we just do it because teachers have way too much to teach! They assume we know, and Cornell Notes are their idea of teaching us how to study! " I thought about this conversation and began to create a template that can hopefully assist students to organize, plan and create capacity in their working memories to learn content for the long term.

Below is a brief, simply-stated template on study skills for fifth grade students preparing for a math assessment. The brain's executive functions must be addressed even though our curriculum is full to overflowing, our days and hours are shortened instructionally, and we cannot afford not to integrate these mindful, researched strategies that invite the working memory and prefrontal cortex to engage in the learning process. Strategies You Need An Analogy for Fifth Graders Gearing up for a test. Our Mission. Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.

We exist because our nation's children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume. We believe in media sanity, not censorship.We believe that media has truly become "the other parent" in our kids' lives, powerfully affecting their mental, physical, and social development.We believe in teaching our kids to be savvy, respectful and responsible media interpreters, creators, and communicators. Loves.