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Why use Google Forms? If you haven’t started using Google Forms in your library yet then you need to do so immediately! Google Forms can be used in many different ways and can provide you with valuable information that you can use to improve your library instruction, programming and collection. You can also use forms as a communication and as a scheduling tool. Read below to learn just some of the ways that I use forms in my library. #1: Reading Interest Surveys Finding ways to encourage and motivate our students to read can be difficult. By handing out a reading inventory or interest survey you can find out how your students feel about reading and what types of books they are interested in. I wish I had a penny for every time I have been asked where the “good” books are. What is “good” for one student may
Digital breakouts provide students a way to work collaboratively and use problem solving skills to open digital locks. A digital breakout or escape can be used to teach any concept or skill, and they are a wonderful way to promote 21st century skills like collaboration, communication and critical thinking. Below I’ll share my answers to digital breakouts frequently asked questions. How do I prepare a digital breakout? Very little prep is required to use a digital breakout with your students. They are completely technology based and paperless. You will not have to spend an hour at the copy machine getting all your materials ready. All this is required is access to an internet enabled device and a free Google account. If your students do not have their own accounts, you can create a shared account for your class. This will allow all your students to log-in to one account
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, online reference sources or internet sites.  Print Biography Research Reports There are over 20 pages included in the print reports. Each set comes in color and black and white, with writing lines and without writing lines.  Template/pages list: Biography and autobiography poster Cover pages Personal information chart KWL chart Timeline of the person’s life. There is one column to write in events and one column to write in the dates. Photo gallery. Students can draw or glue images of the person In their own words. Students can
I have always enjoyed teaching author’s purpose to my students. It is so easy to incorporate in any of the lessons I teach across all grade levels. Several years ago I even used it as my professional goal. This is when I developed more in-depth lessons and activities for the subject. And for some reason, I usually teach author’s purpose in November. I”m not sure why maybe just because the PIE acronym that we all use fits so well with Thanksgiving! Read below to see some of the ways I teach my students the different reasons authors write. Digital Activities for Teaching Author’s Purpose These activities can be used with Google Slides. I like using these for two main reasons. One is their paperless. I’m really trying to cut back on the number of copies I do each week. And of course, my school encourages this as well. Second, the
For the past couple of years, I have heard a lot about escape rooms and breakout activities. I love the concept of students working together to solve puzzles and figuring out the codes to open the locks. However the typical breakout activities can take an hour or more to complete, which is not always feasible with a typical elementary schedule. When you factor in book check-out, many media specialists only have about 20 to 30 minutes for a lesson. So when I heard about digital breakouts I became very excited. I could create a digital breakout with challenges simple enough to be completed in or or two class periods while still teaching the skills that my students need to learn. And I knew the kids would LOVE them. This led me to create my first digital breakout: Library Rules and Orientation. Benefits of Digital Breakouts Students must work together