6th Grade Media Center Orientation

Sixth grade students are visiting the media center for the first time this week with their ELA teachers. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker and Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb will introduce 6th graders to the Durham Media Center where students will search the library collection utilizing the online catalog, Destiny and will then locate and check out books of interest to them.  Any students from Mrs. Stahler’s, Mrs. Hall’s, Mrs. Dean’s, and Mrs. Slade’s ELA classes who missed this exciting event should view the Media Center Orientation and complete the accompanying Media Center Orientation Guide.

Summer Reading

Log your Summer Reading minutes in Biblionasium.

All the details, and abundant resources including access to thousands of FREE digital books, can be found at Cobb Summer Reading. Check it out!!

Don’t forget! Durham Media Center’s catalog, Destiny, and Cobb Digital Library are available 24/7 during the summer too! Check out all the ebooks and audiobooks that are part of the Durham Media Center collection through Destiny, and be sure to search Ebsco eBook and Tumble Book Cloud for lots of AWESOME digital books.

Ebsco eBooks in Cobb Digital Library

Tumble Book Cloud in Cobb Digital Library

 

Researching Math Careers

Shout out to Mrs. Forester’s 6th Grade Math Kiddos!

How awesome that you get to research in math class! I’m here with some resources to help you get started. There is math in pretty much every job. As a middle school media specialist, I use math every day. (Swing by if you’d like to know some of the ways I use math in my job.) Until then, here’s a brief video sharing a couple of databases within Cobb Digital Library that will help you find credible and relevant resources to support your research.

Also, I’ve pulled together a collection of books from the media center that may get you thinking about jobs you haven’t considered before. Mrs. Forester will have these books checked out for awhile, but if you would like to see the digital file of books, go to Destiny, click in the upper left-hand side of the screen, select Collections and then Math Careers. I’m super excited to see what all you learn! Be sure to swing by the media center if you need more help.

January Library Media Committee Meeting

 

The Library Meeting Committee will meet Thursday, January 25th at 8:15 a.m. in the Media Center. On the agenda are upcoming schedules and promotions including our annual, and extremely popular Blind Date with a Book and Scholastic Book Fair. Be sure to be present for all the details.

Hey Committee Members: A Class Notebook has been shared with you in Office 365 which features all the details for Blind Date with a Book. Here’s the direct link to the Notebook: Blind Date with a Book. Once the file opens, you will be prompted to enter your Office 365 account using your username and password. Mrs. Baker will guide you through using it. 

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 representative 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.

Propaganda Museum Walk Guide

The above linked document should be utilized along your museum walk.

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.

Poe Breakout: Under the Floorboards

 

EDGAR ALLEN POE
(1809-1849). American poet and short-story writer.

 

EDGAR ALLEN POE – (1809-1849). American poet and short-story writer.. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/140_1664502/1/140_1664502/cite. Accessed 8 Nov 2017.

 

Welcome officers,

Thanks for joining us on such quick notice. We have a cold case and need your help. Officer Miller was the first on the scene and is here to share some of the details with us.

 In order to solve the clues, be sure to take your time evaluating the evidence and read closely with a detective’s EYE!

Special thanks to Officers Miller, Slade, and Walker in helping with this cold case.

After your evaluation of the evidence, please reflect on the your experience via the Reflection Survey

Tales of Great Books: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

In honor of “The Master of Horror,” Edgar Allan Poe, the media center is collaborating with Reading and Language Arts teachers to help students better understand the impact Poe’s body of work (Do you know his writing spans a variety of genres?) has had on American Literature. Use Mrs. Baker’s Edgar Allan Poe Video Guide while viewing Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe , with an introduction by Mrs. Baker, to assist in your understanding of the major points within the video segment.

Teachers may also wish to utilize Great Books Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Teacher’s Guide provided by Georgia Public Broadcasting to help lead students through their individualized, grade level appropriate standards.

Also, be sure to take advantage of the myriad print and digital resources on Poe that are available in Durham’s Media Center. Many are currently featured on the “Spooky Books” display, but be sure to search Poe in Destiny to see all the super cool items available for check out.

 

Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Discovery Education, 2003 . Full Video.
Discovery Education. Web. 27 October 2014. <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>.

Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 23 Oct 2014.
http://quest.eb.com/#/search/134_1738103/1/134_1738103/cite

WANT MORE POE? Check out Thinkport for an abundance of awesome Poe resources including lesson plans, engaging activities, poetry readings, online field trips and so much more! Under “Interactive Media” click on “Knowing Poe,” or simply search “Poe” in the search box. Be sure to have plenty of time set aside to peruse this resource. You will get sucked in!

Please Join Us for a Book Tasting!

The reservations are made, the tables are set, and the courses are prepared. Now it’s time for Mrs. Slade’s and Mrs. Walker’s 6th grade Reading classes to partake in some especially yummy treats in the media center–books, of course! Students are sampling from a variety of book flavors (genres) in hopes they will expand their palates and try something new. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker has prepared quite an extensive menu of delights that will, hopefully, leave her guests feeling satisfied.

Welcome to Mrs. Slade’s Slice of the Story

 

Welcome to Walker House

 

Discovering Our Destiny!

Hey Kiddos! Welcome back for your second classroom visit to the DMC this school year! This time we are learning about our slightly new, and very much improved, online catalog–Destiny Discover! Today’s lesson will serve to highlight some of the awesome features available to you. Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb will be guiding you through accessing and logging into Destiny Discover so that you can personalize your profile. You will then access the main menu to verify your checkouts, place holds on materials, add resources to favorites lists and even create collections. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to renew and/or checkout materials. Here’s the brief student video, Using Destiny Discover-Students, we will be utilizing to guide our learning. Off we go . . .

Welcome 6th Graders!

Students will soon be visiting the media center for the first time with their Reading teachers. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker will lead 6th graders through all the ins-and-outs of their middle school media center. Students will also have the opportunity to browse the collection and to utilize the online catalog, Destiny, to guide their selections. Finally, sixth graders will be able to check out their first library books of the 2017-18 school year and will have the first picks from the new books. Any students from Mrs. Walker’s, Mrs. Dean’s, or Mrs. Slade’s Reading classes who missed this exciting event should view Media Center Orientation and complete the accompanying Media Center Orientation Guide.