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Mrs. Young, Teacher Librarian
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Hi everyone! I am hoping to use this site to post some things of interest, activities you can do with your children or for them to explore by themselves - virtual field trips, art activities, author read alouds, etc. Things that are fun yet educational. If you have any questions for me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be checking email daily and will try to help if I can.
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May 12, 2020
Some new fun things!
Maine Wildlife Park is offering free virtual field trips about all sorts of animals. I've been to this park in real life - it's really great https://www.maine.gov/ifw/programs-resources/teacher-students/fieldtrip-opportunities.html
The New York State Museum also has some great virtual field trips, including one today on NYS fossils! http://www.facebook.com/nysmuseum
May 6, 2020
Tune in tomorrow for Mo Willems Thank You Thursdays! For the month of May, tune in on Thursdays at 1:00 pm to see who Mo will be thanking! https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/ And Mo still has his doodle lunches - you can find the old ones on the same page
Princess in Black fans - here's a short comic about Princess in Black and Covid -19 and being safe https://princessinblack.com/download/pib-coronavirus.pdf
May 5, 2020
Happy May! Here's some more fun things to do!
If you like Harry Potter (and most of us do!) listen to this https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-the-boy-who-lived?fbclid=IwAR2PDiaNmRHjq2aXEPwQ__0MhGiper7LUEmrYORT-MUowAgI4MPHh8-KWQk
How about creating a city? This architech studio in England wants to help you out!
April 30, 2020
Happy last day of April!
Peter Reynolds is an amazing author and illustrator of books like The Dot and Ish. He has activities, including a download to color here https://www.fablevisionlearning.com/digital-learning-resources
Who likes comics? Sign up for free comics every week by incredible illustrators! https://sundayhaha.com/
Anyone interested in space? Write a letter to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to ask about being the first kid in space! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGSjpErwtuI&feature=youtu.be
April 29, 2020
Hello again! Here are some fun things I found:
For teens - free audiobooks! Starting April 30th, you can download 2 free audiobooks a week, and keep them! Sync is a free audiobook program for teens. These books are meant for 13 and older. https://www.audiobooksync.com/
Like to create? Check out these maker activities with things you can probably find around your home! If you try them, send me a picture of your creation email@example.com! https://ideas.demco.com/blog/6-maker-activities-keep-kids-learning-at-home/?utm_source=Silverpop&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=04.28.20%20-%20Weekly%20Email%20-%20K-12%20(1)&utm_content=41&spMailingID=64629324&spUserID=Mzg1NDI0ODYxODU4S0&spJobID=1863416188&spReportId=MTg2MzQxNjE4OAS2
April 28, 2020
Hello Ed Smith Coyotes! Here are some fun things for you to check out!
Capstone Press has a cute, free poster available for download. I'll definitely put it up in the library when we go back! https://www.capstonepub.com/sites/reading_is_for_everyone/assets/PDFs/2020-RIFE-Downloadable-Poster-11x17.pdf
Here's some more fun from Magic Tree House - Magic Tree House Home Adventures! https://www.magictreehouse.com/go/
In just 3 days, it's the Everywhere Book Fest!!!! A virtual gathering of kidlit authors, illustrators, and books that will bring the book festival experience to young readers everywhere. May 1st and 2nd - in your own home!!! https://everywherebookfest.com/
April 23, 2020
Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Here are some resources if you want to read or write poetry:
April 20, 2020
Happy Monday - I found some really great stuff today!
Ramadan begins on Thursday, April 23 https://headscarvesandhardbacks.com/2020/04/17/ramadanreadathon-2020-announcement/ for more information, books to read, authors to check out or post what you're reading!
Here are some book lists with books by Muslim authors or featuring Muslim characters (we have many of these at the Ed Smith Library!)
And this - 90 second Newberys! Students are invited to create movies about their favorite Newbery award winning books (learn more about the Newbery Award here) Anyone want to make a movie? The deadline is January 15, 2021! https://90secondnewbery.com/
April 16, 2020
Anyone a Magic Treehouse fan? Silly question, I know you are! Join Jack and Annie on adventures https://www.magictreehouse.com/mission-game/
How about some Junie B. Jones? Join the fun @ http://juniebjones.com/
More tomorrow - stay warm!
April 15, 2020
Good morning Ed Smith! I've found some interesting things for you to do!
Anyone a Jason Reynolds fan? He's written many books, including All American Boys, Ghost and Miles Morales - Spiderman. He is also the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He has a blog and web series called Grab The Mic - Write Right Rite. Read and watch it here https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2020/04/jason-reynolds-national-ambassador-for-young-peoples-literature-presents-new-grab-the-mic-newsletter/?loclr=twloc
Who likes Ancient Egypt? Who doesn't???? I LOVE Ancient Egypt! I love it so much, I studied hieroglyphics in college! Here's a really cool virtual field trip - exploring Ramses VI tomb! You can virtually walk through the tomb and move around so you can see the walls and the ceilings. Check it out: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=NeiMEZa9d93&mls=1
Have fun exploring! More tomorrow!
April 14, 2020
Anyone read Origami Yoda? Here's Tom Angelberger's website with directions on how to fold Origami Star Wars figures. https://origamiyoda.com/how-to-fold/ If anyone makes them, please email me pics firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention members of the Middle School Book Club - Kelly Yang, author of Front Desk, will be reading and answering questions on Monday, April 20th at 12 noon!
And, check out Switch Zoo for science fun with animals and biomes! https://switchzoo.com/
April 13, 2020
Good morning Ed Smith! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I am going to have virtual office hours every day at 11 am.
Where are my Dork Diary fans? Try this: https://dorkdiaries.com/games/
Has anyone read the Yasmin books by Saadia Faruqi. She's a spunky Pakistani American girl who is up for any adventure! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRuAtpeJUBA&feature=emb_logo Here are some activites https://www.capstonepub.com/sites/reading_is_for_everyone/assets/PDFs/Yasmin-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Planters.pdf
More tomorrow! Let me know if you try the toilet paper roll planters!
April 7, 2020
Another beautiful spring day! When you're not outside playing (not near anyone!) here are some fun things to check out!
If you want to hear authors reading their books, this website, Librarian Bookends, has collected all the readings and times and places! I may never do anything else ever! They publish a new list every day! https://lbookends.weebly.com/blog
Need more free audiobooks? Who doesn't! Check out the publisher Heinemann - all of their audiobooks are free to download in April! https://blog.heinemann.com/all-audiobooks-free-to-download-in-april
Have a great rest of your day! More tomorrow!
April 6, 2020
Happy Monday! It's a beautiful, sunny day - I hope you got to go outside and enjoy (from a safe distance!)
Here's some fun things I found, for when you're inside:
Author Jarrett Lerner has a super fun website with printable activities and a brand new book called The Knights of the Kids Table https://jarrettlerner.com/blog/
From Read Together Be Together - an amazing collection of authors reading on different days
April 3, 2020
Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. I have all kinds of odds and ends to share today.
Where are my Junie B fans? Here's a whole bunch of printables for lots of Junie B fun! https://www.readbrightly.com/junie-b-jones-activities-printables/?fbclid=IwAR2Q_olJzTUGOq4MtxsaUAN4KknHMfG5scx-hLXZSxq8IvDbMTICxPIIfV4
Any musical theater fans out there? I LOVE musicals! This is an exciting announcement from Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLeErO8nXsc First musical is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Any Hunger Games fans? Suzanne Collins is releasing a prequel to The Hunger Games called The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, featuring the backstory of Corolianus Snow. That name sound familiar? See the trailer (yup, books have trailers too) and read an exerpt here: https://www.songbirdsandsnakes.com/?fbclid=IwAR0ohRva4nuPYVNi65WUYioGJS94Pc0wkAJKuxxXpsST6qGKmCv7vih3efY
Enjoy your weekend - the weather should be nice, so I hope everyone finds time to go outside (but practice social distancing!)
April 1, 2020
Welcome to April! I saw 2 really exciting things today:
1. Yer a wizard Harry! JK Rowling introduced a new website today - Harry Potter at Home Get sorted, take quizzes,puzzles and more! I'm a Hufflepuff, what house are you in? www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home
2. #DoGood Dav Pilkey at home! Stories, activies, games, videos and more! https://kids.scholastic.com/kids/books/dav-pilkey-at-home/
More tomorrow! Enjoy the sunshine!
March 31, 2020
Happy last day of March! Some new and exciting events happening in April!
Dolly Parton, country music star, actor and author, will be reading bedtime stories at 6 pm (so you can still join Edward Smith Storytime!) Here is her YouTube page for Imagination Library with an intro video https://www.youtube.com/user/imaginationlibrary
Tra la laaaa! Dav Pilkey, author and illustrator of Captain Underpants, Dog Man and many other excellent books is going to be offering drawing classes online starting April 1!
And one sad piece of news. One of my favorite author/illustrators, Tomie dePaola, died yesterday from complications from surgery. He wrote and illustrated so many books, including Strega Nona, Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato, Bill and Pete and The Legend of the Bluebonnet. Here's his official website, if you want to learn a bit more about him https://www.tomie.com/.
March 30, 2020
Happy Monday! It's spring, and spring means new baby animals! Here's a link to the Burlington Science Center and you can see their baby chicks! If you look at their videos from last week, you can watch them hatch as well! https://video.ibm.com/channel/burlington-science-center
And speaking of animals, I don't know if you have tried this yet (only for phone or tablet) go to google and type in an animal (like lion) and click on 3d and follow the directions. It's so much fun! Here's a website with more directions and suggestions https://9to5google.com/2020/03/28/google-3d-animals-list/
March 27, 2020
Here's a message from Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants and Dog Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSt7brLugdE&feature=youtu.be
March 26, 2020
Ok, cutest read aloud ever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42iXxfGiwDg&fbclid=IwAR2RN8mRFsORcoVvt0Lojy1X1RY0_fhi8cUZCZBBPv-su4nnMGRQam5EhP4
Some of my favorite museums are in Washington DC. The Smithsonian Institutions are all free and have so many amazing exhibits! On their website for kids, there are games to play, subjects to learn and animal cams from the National Zoo (can anyone say PandaCam???) Check it out https://www.si.edu/kids
I hope everyone had a chance to go outside today and enjoy the warm weather and sunshine! More tomorrow!
March 25, 2020
Hi everybody! I hope you've been keeping busy and learning! I've been busy trying to check out all the awesome things available online!
I just love to travel - around New York, around America and to other countries!
I know I posted something similar earlier, but here's another view of our gorgeous National Parks. Using Google Earth, you can actually go inside the parks and "walk" around! Check out Everglades National Park in Florida - one of my favorites! Look for alligators!
Check out these places compiled from Freedom Homeschooling:
Free Virtual Field Trips
Anne Frank House – Take a 360-degree tour of Anne Frank’s home in Amsterdam.
Buckingham Palace – Tour the famous London palace virtually.
Farm Tours – Learn about agriculture through these virtual tours of farms in Canada.
Great Wall of China – This panoramic virtual tour allows you to walk the Great Wall.
Holy Land Tour – Virtually visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and more.
Houston Zoo – Watch animals in several of their exhibits via live webcam.
International Space Station – Take a video tour of the space station.
The Louvre Museum – Explore exhibits at this famous art museum in Paris, France.
Mars – Explore the surface of Mars in a 360-degree view while learning about the planet and space exploration.
Monterey Bay Aquarium – Watch sea creatures in this California aquarium with the live animal cam
Mount Everest – Explore the mountain through 360-degree photos and informative articles.
Mount Vernon – Take an interactive and informative tour of George Washington’s home in Virginia.
National Aquarium – Take a virtual tour of this aquarium located in Baltimore, Maryland.
National Museum of the US Air Force – Take a virtual tour of this museum.
Power Plant Tour – Learn what goes on inside a power plant.
San Diego Zoo – Watch live videos and learn about animals, play games, and more on this interactive website.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – Virtually explore many current and past museum exhibits.
The Statue of Liberty – Learn about the Statue of Liberty through the videos and photographs in this virtual tour.
Vatican Museums – Virtualy tour numerous museums, chapels, and galleries.
The Virtual Rainforest – Learn about the rainforest with this interactive tour that includes informative videos and articles.
Virtual Trip to the Sun – Take a video-based journey from the Earth from the Sun, stopping at our moon, Venus, and Mercury.
Yosemite National Park – Tour the park with interactive panoramic photographs.
Zoo Tours – This YouTube channel visits zoos all over the country.
AirPano – Visit locations all over the world virtually with 360-degree videos and photographs.
Discovery Education – This website offers a wide variety of virtual field trips.
360 Cities – Provides interactive 360-degree videos and images of locations around the world.
Sites in 3D – Tour locations across Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, Yemen, and many other countries using 360-degree images.
Google Arts and Culture – View the art collections of over 500 different museums and galleries. Some of the museums also offer full virtual tours.
Google Earth – “Fly” anywhere in the world in seconds, explore hundreds of cities in 3D, take guided tours, and create your own maps and stories.
Google Maps Street View – Type in any address, select street view and explore the area. Not only can you take a virtual trip down the streets, but you can also “step” into many museums, landmarks, and other attractions. Here are some I’ve found.
March 24, 2020
Good morning! So many companies have made their products free for the time being. Good for them and good for us! Here are a few:
- The White House – Washington, D.C.
- The Colosseum – Rome, Italy
- Stonehenge – Wiltshire, United Kingdom
- Palace of Versailles – Versailles, France
- Wilson Island – Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- This is just a small sample of the places you can tour with Google Maps. Search for other locations that interest your family and see if Google will let you take a peak inside.
Time for Kids https://www.timeforkids.com/ News articles for kids
Age of Learning https://www.ageoflearning.com/schools Includes ABC Mouse and Adventure Academy
Breakout EDU https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome Virtual breakout boxes on a variety of subjects
Code.org https://code.org/athome Coding for kids - 5th grade has been working on this, but they have coding for every level
Brainpop https://www.brainpop.com/ - short videos with quizes about many topics.
And don't forget, our databases http://www1.youseemore.com/scsd/school.asp?SchoolType=1&sID=89 (click on eResources or Easy eResources) are always available to our students. The login and password is mostly syrsls.
Please feel free to email me email@example.com for more information or assistance!
March 23, 2020
I hope everyone had a good weekend!
Just a reminder - tune in to Edward Smith Storytime on Facebook (or join us -it's not too late!) for stories, art project and cooking activites! And any you missed are in the group as well.
If you're tired of listening to your teachers read, there are tons of authors who are reading online! Here are a few:
https://www.storylineonline.net/ - these are famous actors reading picture books
https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2020/03/23/coronavirus-online-storytime-celebrities-betty-white-jimmy-fallon/2886194001/ more places to find famous people reading stories
https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/ - a HUGE list of authors reading their books or activities to go with books!
https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/canadian-kids-online-storytime-covid19_ca_5e74df64c5b6f5b7c542eaf4 - these are Canadian authors who are reading their books
On facebook - Dan Gutman of My Weird School fame is reading his books aloud every day at 2:00 pm! Tune in for weird fun!
Happy listening! More tomorrow!
March 20, 2020
Space, the final frontier....how about some websites about space!
First, did you know that astronauts on the International Space Station have been reading kids books???? They're outta this world! https://storytimefromspace.com/library/
If you're more interested in actual space, here are some great sites from NASA to explore new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/do/
And, to check out the stars in your own backyard https://www.skymaponline.net/
BTW, the opening to Star Trek is about 20 seconds long - good to recite while washing hands!
March 19, 2020
Today I feel like some music! Is everyone washing their hands for at least 20 seconds? Tired of singing "Happy birthday" twice? Not sure how long 20 seconds actually is? Try this website - www.washyourlyrics.com You can make a handwashing poster out of any song lyrics! (You can also sing Baby Shark up to Grandma Shark - doo doo doo)
Here's the Detroit Symphony Orchestra https://livefromorchestrahall.vhx.tv/classroom-edition They have a music series for kids - check it out!
So many people are bringing their talents online! Check this out - a huge list of children's performers who are livestreaming their performances! https://coolprogeny.com/2020/03/childrens-musicians-perform-online-concerts/
And http://www.ronwinter.tv/drums.html turn your computer keyboard into drums - but please wear headphones! Don't drive your parents crazy!
More tomorrow! Stay safe!
March 18, 2020
Hi everyone - hope you had a good day! Are you already tired of being home? Take a virtual field trip! I love National Parks and have personally been to some of these. Someday, maybe you will too!
Maybe you'd rather be under the sea? Check out the webcams at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta! https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/
Personally, I love penguins - check out this cute penguin video from Cape Town, South Africa
March 17, 2020
We now have access to this amazing app called Sora. It's like Libby and Overdrive - you can borrow ebooks and audiobooks and our students can access it through Clever!
Ask your child to go to Clever or if they can't remember:
1. Go to www.scsd.us
2. Click on About, then Libraries
3. In the brown strip down the left hand side, find and click on Clever
4. they will need to us their login and password to get into Clever
5. Click on the Sora App
6. It will ask you to choose a school - choose Syracuse (this only needs to be done the first time)
7. Then it will let you borrow ebooks and audiobooks! There aren't many titles in there yet, more are being added!
8. Read/listen and enjoy! Questions - email me!
Fun daily activity!
Any of my students will be able to tell you that Mo Willems is one of my favorite authors! His books are incredible and he is an amazing person! He is so amazing that he is doing a live Lunch Doodle every day at 1:00 pm
And the lessons are archived at: