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On a Beam of Light Padlet

Made with Padlet
Easy Paper Tulips
Rolled paper roses
The winner for the K-2 award is
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
The winner for grades 3-5 is
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The Rebecca Caudill Winner
The winner for grades 6-8 is
a tie between
Book Scavenger by J. Chambliss Bertman
I am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Winter Holidays
Citation practice
Jr. High, December
1.  Fold your paper into 16 boxes (fold twice in one direction, twice in the other direction)
2.  Label the top left corner with your holiday.
3.  Across the top, write your 3 research questions.
4.  Down the left side, you will list your resources.
     For each resource list the information you will need for your citations.
     Books - author                      website - author of site if known
                  title                                         name of site and/or name of the page used
                  publisher                                date last updated if known
                  copyright date                        full web address 
Step 1: Use the library catalog to find a book or encyclopedia with information about your holiday.  There might not be a whole book about your holiday. Try a more general book about a country or an encyclopedia.  
Step 2:  Take notes and write down your resource information. Repeat for each book resource you find.
Step 3:  Find an online resource by using effective and efficient keyword searches in Google or another search engine. Try to be specific to find answers to your questions.
Step 4: Take notes and write down your resource information. Repeat for each electronic resource you find until your research questions are answered.
**See the pathfinder if you need research help.
6I Google Classroom b3tsaw
7B Google Classroom n0xhh6c
6J Google Classroom qmoz9i1
 8J Google Classroom b4rtnp8
7J Google Classroom 4zmrv
6S  Google Classroom  ely369s
7S Google Classroom  zdw2ouh
8S Google Classroom ap4oopv
Federal Holidays
Nov 10, 2017
Jankowski 6th and 8th grade
This document from the US Senate describes what federal holidays are and are not.  A brief description of each federal holiday and how it came to be designated is included.
Note the footnotes and citations. We will talk more about citations and primary sources in the coming weeks.
Bilbies Game K-2
PBS Kids - Can You Dig It?
to go along with Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen; Candlewick Press, 2014.
4th Grade
Fiction or Nonfiction Game
Digital Passport
Mrs. Kovacic will give you your log in name.  
Password is KS1234 for 7B
Password is books1 for all other classes.
You will be asked to make up a password.  THAT IS A PRACTICE ACTIVITY. It does NOT change your password.  Your password will still be KS1234 or books1.
Complete the Search Shark activity.
If you have trouble:
Practice shelving books with Mrs. Lodge's library
September 15th is International Dot Day.  
We're celebrating all week by wearing polka dots, reading Peter H. Reynolds book, The Dot, and
doing dot related activities in STEM and library.  When we're done, we'll have a wall of dots in the East building, know where to locate biographies in the library and learn about how some famous people made their marks, write about dots, and make our dots 3D!
How do you want to make your mark?
Want to know more?
Looking for resources for your research?  
Send me an email with your assignment or topic
and the library will create a pathfinder for it.  
What's a pathfinder? A list of resources on a specific topic to guide you through your research. We've done some of the work and gathered good resources to get you started.  
Pathfinders can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/komarek94.org/komarek-library/ and topics include careers, book talks, tech resources for video and video editing, citations, animal research (coming soon) and more.
If you find a broken link, a resource that is not helpful or not appropriate, or you have a suggestion for a pathfinder, email bkovacic@komarek94.org or come into the library.
Rube Goldberg's Professor Butts and the Self-Operating Napkin (1931)
 The intermediate grades used National Kid Inventors Day, January 17th, as a jumping off point to talk about the process of inventing, inventions that have changed our world, and the physics of simple machines, gravity and other physics principles.  (Trivia fact: Physics is Mrs. Kovacic's favorite science.)  We then learned about a man who developed very complex machines to accomplish simple tasks: Rube Goldberg.  See the links below for a news story about Rube and the contest his family foundation continues as well as a great example of a music video that features a Rube Goldberg machine.
Goldberg, Rube. Professor Butts and the Self-Operating Napkin. Collier's. September 21, 1931. Retrieved from Rube_Goldberg's_"Self-Operating_Napkin"_(cropped).gif March 7, 2017.
Make some useful corner bookmarks with a sheet of square paper. 
Monsters not your thing? How about emojis?
Need a stocking stuffer for a Christmas gift?
Maybe snowflakes are more your thing?

Destiny is Komarek's
online library catalog. 
Pathfinders are a starting point for your online research.
Click the link below to see pathfinders for careers, book talks, and other assignments.
image: 6ip6Kj4BT.gif retrieved from http://clipart-library.com/clipart/6ip6Kj4BT.htm.