Read Across America Readers All Call

Read Across America is just around the corner! The Durham Library will be connecting Durham students with Frey Elementary School students in grades K-2. Durham students who apply and are selected will visit Frey during Read Across America Week, Tuesday, February 25 – Friday, February 28 and will read selections from their favorite picture books. If you are a Durham student who would like to share the joy of reading aloud with our neighboring students, head to the Durham Library to pick up an application.

Learn all about National Education Association’s Read Across America and get in on the fun!

Sora & Destiny

Welcome to Sora!

 

Mrs. Pettit’s, Mrs. Ragland’s, and Mrs. Salter’s eighth grade ELA students are getting a lesson from Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb on finding “just right books”using the Sora app which syncs digital content including ebooks and audiobooks from CCSD, Durham, and the Cobb County Public Library! Students will also utilize Collections in Destiny including “Mrs. Baker Recommends” and “Lexile 1000+” for guidance in choosing books they will enjoy. Lastly, the Dynamic duo of Baker and Webb will highlight books through Book Talks. For all the details, check out Mrs. Baker’s Sora and Destiny presentation and for support onboarding with Sora, be sure to check out the Sora Login Screenshots.

Learning Targets

Book Fair Thanks!

The Scholastic cases have been packed and sent back to the warehouse, the online sales have closed, and the numbers have been crunched. Our annual Scholastic Book Fair was a success! Sales totaled $3,541.75 earning $1,770.88 in Scholastic Dollars which will be used to purchase Scholastic inventory for Library Media programs, projects, and resources. More importantly, though, the Scholastic Book Fair incites excitement about reading , and there is no other skill that has the power to impact people more than learning to successfully read.  Special thanks to the Book Crew students who assisted in managing this event as well as to the Durham teachers, administrators, and PTA who advertised, shopped at, and helped with the fair, and of course, to the students and families who shopped. Read on Wildcats!

Season’s Reading Challenge 2019

Do you know you have 408 hours of holiday break to look forward to? What will you possibly do with all of that time? Travel, eat, sleep, watch movies, wrap and unwrap gifts, cuddle with your pets, sing songs, binge-watch YouTube videos and hone your gaming skills?  How about adding reading to that “to do” list? Over the holiday break, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb are challenging Durham Wildcats to read at least 20 minutes each day. Twenty minutes a day will total 340 mins or only 5.6 hours of your 408 hours of hustle and bustle. Grab a magazine, a newspaper, a comic book, a novel, or a nonfiction book, a recipe, pretty much anything with words, and celebrate the JOY of READING this season.

The challenge starts Friday, December 20th at 4:15 pm and ends Sunday, January 5th at 11:59pm.

 Students who complete the challenge will be celebrated with a special treat upon return to school in January.

Log your books in Biblionasium (via Cobb Digital Library on a computer or the MackinVIA APP on a tablet or phone).

Note: Biblionasium logins are the same as school computer logins. 

Here are step-by-step directions if you need additional help logging in: BIBLIONASIUM LOGGING IN.

If for some reason, you can’t get logged in, handwritten reading logs will be accepted Monday, January 6th.

For further guidance, email Durham Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is here just in time for the holidays. Stock up on gifts for all the special people in your life and support the Durham Library Learning Commons Program at the same time!

Hours of Operation:

Monday, December 9th – Thursday, December 12th 

Mon.-Wed. 8:30 a.m. -3:45 p.m.

Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

The Online Scholastic Book Fair is Now Open! Sunday, December 1 – Saturday, December 14.

 

Shop cash free by setting up an eWallet account and designating funds for your child to use at the fair. Check out the details here.

 

Double-Entry Journals: The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

Hi Kiddos! It’s time to hit the books and to make personal connections with the text using a strategy called the Double-Entry Journal. We will be reading the picture book The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca.

Here’s a preview of the book:

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures 

Here’s what we need to know about using the strategy of a Double-Entry Journal. (Mrs. Baker will guide you through this resource.) 

We will be using a Double-Entry Journal to evaluate the text of The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

Works Cited

Time, Sami & Amro Reading. “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin | READ ALOUD PICTURE BOOK |.” YouTube, YouTube, 15 Oct. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPj0SaapJMs&t=15s.

Cultural Perspectives in Spanish

Hey 8th Grade Spanish Students!

Here’s some research guidance for you as you entice tourists to visit your country. Be sure to brainstorm and consider all the things that appeal to you when you travel. It is especially important that our information be from reliable and relevant sources, so we will be using the databases to which we subscribe through the Cobb Digital Library. Let’s get started!

Getting Started on Day 1

We will begin by researching in Cobb Digital Library‘s CultureGrams with Cultural Trivia Research

Additional resources in Cobb Digital Library recommended for this assignment are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

For step-by-step instructions on downloading a Discovery Education Streaming video, look here.

Remember: You access Cobb Digital Library at home by using your Office 365 username and password (firstname.lastname@students.cobbk12.org) and your school computer password.

Finding Credible Sources:

If you use sources beyond CDL, be sure to determine their credibility and accuracy. Use Evaluating Web Sources: A 60 Second Guide to help you. Be sure to start first with these additional sources Mrs. Baker or Mrs. Fugate have vetted for you. You MUST generate citations using www.citationmachine.net for any and all sources used.

Presentation: Microsoft Sway

Introduction: What is Sway? (This video will be shared via direct instruction in class.)

How to Sway by TTIS, Whitney Prather (Here is a step-by-step how to if you need additional guidance while off campus. Direct Sway instruction will be provided in class by Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker. THIS VIDEO LIKES MICROSOFT EDGE!)

 

Helpful Hint: If you face obstacles or have questions while creating your Sway, be sure to utilize the Help feature within Sway.

 

 

 

Propaganda Museum Walk

Hey 6th grade Social Studies students! Put your thinking caps on because it’s time to think critically. You are invited along a Propaganda Museum Walk in the Digital Age Classroom where you will find groupings of World War II Propaganda borrowed from Cobb Digital Library’s Britannica Image Quest. Evaluate the examples identifying the tone and the representation of the subjects. Utilizing your understandings from the DBQ process, determine what the documents say, what they mean, and why they matter. Utilize your group members to facilitate discussion and evaluation of the primary source documents provided.

 

Use the Propaganda Museum Walk Guide, provided to you, as you evaluate the posters.

 

Propaganda Museum Walk Folder 

 

The above allows access to the shared folder on Microsoft Office 365 and includes the primary source documents utilized via the Propaganda Museum Walk.

POST LESSON REFLECTION

 

Poe Breakout: Under the Floorboards

Through collaborative instruction with Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker and Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Dean’s and Mrs. Slade’s sixth grade AC Literature classes dove into Poe with Breakout EDU. In order to solve hidden clues, students were tasked with evaluating evidence and reading closely with a detective’s eye. Here are some images of their efforts.