Thursday, March 20, 2014

April is National Poetry Month: 24 Great Sites to Check Out

April begins on Tuesday next week, and I'm hoping that by then we will be rid of snow for good in New Jersey. April is also National Poetry Month, so if you are looking for some great things to do in the classroom, look no further.

April is National Poetry Month!- from ReadWriteThink

Celebrate National Poetry Month- Scholastic

Different Types of Poems For Kids- site by teacher Kathi Mitchell

Favorite Poem Project- cosponsored by Boston College and The Library of Congress; people read their favorite poems

Infoplease- poetry quizzes, crosswords, famous poets, awards


Library of Congress Poetry Resources

Lit2Go- poems to download in MP3 format

National Poetry Almanac

National Poetry Month- teachers share their activities

National Poetry Month: Celebrating World Poetry- from EDUSITEment


National Poetry Month Resources

Poems For High School Students

Poem in Your Pocket Day- April 24

Poetry Everywhere- videos from the PBS Series

Poetry Lessons and Worksheets- from Teacher Planet


Poetry Month Ideas- LiveBinder


Poetry Resources For Teachers- from TeacherVision

Poetry Word Play

Poets.org Site- teacher resources

Reading Rockets- poets on poetry (video), learning through poetry, resources, lots more


ReadWriteThink- activity, websites and resources for all ages


Shape Poems- printable for grades 3-5

The Teacher's Guide Poetry Month Page

Useful Resources for Teachers and Students- from Edutopia

Free SAT Preparation From the Khan Academy!

In 2016, there will be a redesign of the SAT, with free SAT prep materials being provided by the Khan Academy. For those students taking the SAT in 2014 or 2015, Khan Academy will have practice questions from unreleased SATs. Information about the 2016 redesign can be found in the video below. Students who wish to study for the 2014-2015 SAT can go HERE for sample questions. You can sign up for updates on the 2016 redesign HERE.

Thanks to my colleague Rich for posting this for all our teachers!







Throwback Thursday #6








Story time in the 1950s












Story time in the 1960s










A class visits the library- look how well-behaved all the students are!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Library Budget Results: What's Next?



A while back, I asked for some assistance with a brief survey on school library budgets. Now that I have the results, I passed them on to my principal with the hopes of receiving more money next year. (My budget was next to the lowest result of $0) It's a sad fact that the most important place in the school building has been hit with financial cuts across the country. As you can see from the chart below, the highest amount of $90,000.00 is so far above everyone else I am wondering if it is accurate. But, that said, my next step is to find more creative fund raising tactics which I will share in a future post. I welcome your comments below. (By the way, if yours is the $90,000 budget, we are all green with envy.)


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