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I'm a middle school teacher and science and books are two of my favorite things! (Chocolate and coffee are pretty high up on the list as well)

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rose's Amazing Cross Country Adventure

Rose's mom asked me to share the link of their travel blog so we can all travel cross country vicariously! http://smarttripcrosscountry.wordpress.com/ Today they are in NM - they visited Carlsbad Caverns yesterday - venturing 1.5 miles underground and meeting a swirling mass of bats in the process!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" Photographs in the Farm Security Administration Collection: An Overview - Guides, Reference Aids, and Finding Aids (Prints andPhotographs ReadingRoom, Library of Congress)

Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother" Photographs in the Farm Security Administration Collection: An Overview - Guides, Reference Aids, and Finding Aids (Prints andPhotographs ReadingRoom, Library of Congress):

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Great Depression- Photo of a mother by Dorothea Lange

3b41800r.jpg (515×640):  One of Dorothea Lange's best known photos, this image captured the essence of the hardships families endured during the Great Depression.  If you did not bring a photograph or picture clipped from a magazine for class today, this is the photo you will be using to write your photo poem about.


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Tom Leveen Visits Random Buzzers

Tom Leveen Visits Random Buzzers:  Check out the latest Random Buzzers newsletter!  You can preview the first few chapters of new books - like Zero by Tom Leveen or Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Francis Scott Key

Here's a little more about the life of Francis Scott Key:

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Fort & Flag - Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Many of you had wondered what the "ramparts" were that were referred to in the first stanza of the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key.  The NPS website below contains photos/videos of the park and there is a lot of information about the historical and cultural background of the park, as well!  If you look at the walls surrounding the fort, you can get a better picture in your mind when you think about what the battle in 1812 must have been like.  Waiting in the darkness behind the walls of the fort, as bombs exploded overhead, raining down molten shrapnel - shaking the very ground you stood on, while soldiers on both sides stained the earth with their blood - through it all, our flag and soldiers prevail, meeting the dawn triumphantly!

Fort & Flag - Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine:

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Award-Winning Magazines, Games, Gifts and Books for Children of all ages - Shop Cricket Today!

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If you are looking for something interesting to read, check out Cricket, Calliope, Faces or some of the other magazines available!  Your parents need to do the ordering, but these magazines are great!  Whether your interests run towards learning about other cultures, poetry and fictional narratives, or science, I'm sure you will find something that piques your curiosity!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are: What Did It Mean to You?

A star blinked and went dark today and with it, we lost the creator of one of the most beloved children's books. Maurice Sendak, aged 83 died today.  Perhaps you've read Where the Wild Things Are, Pierre, or In the Night Kitchen?  I've read these books many times to my own kids, who often asked me to read it again, as soon as we finished.  I wonder how kids in the world went to bed dreaming of Max and his Wild Things?  Thank you, Mr. Sendak, for your imagination, wit and ability to bring your readers on a journey in a small boat- over the sea for a day and a night, to where the wild things are.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Plymouth State University offers Reading Skills Summer Classes for Kids

PSU is offering 8 different reading programs this summer in Rochester, NH that can help poor readers become good readers and good readers into great readers! They are offering classes for younger kids ages 4 to 2nd grade with a focus on phonics, comprehension and independent reading skills, Grades 3-5 that focus on fluency, comprehension and long word decoding and classes for 6-8 and 9-11 grader that focus on speed reading, comprehension and study skills. Speed Reading for work, school and pleasure are also being offered to adults and high school seniors.

For more information, please call (800)978-9596 Monday - Thursday 8 am - 10 pm, Friday 8 am - 9 pm, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm


PSU offers family discounts and alternate times and dates are available at nearby locations.

Online Rhyming Dictionary for Poetry and Songwriting

Online Rhyming Dictionary for Poetry and Songwriting:  Are you at a loss for words when it comes to finding just the right word to fit your rhyme scheme? Try the online rhyming dictionary!

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Random Buzzers Newsletters

http://static.randombuzzers.com/newsletters/RBnewsletter_EstherFriesner2012.html

Ask author Esther Friesner a question about her novel Spirit's Princess and preview a few chapters of soon to be released new books like The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls!

Storybird - Artful storytelling

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This is an awesome, free site - you can create and share amazing books!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Poetry Foundation - Newsletter

Poetry Foundation - Newsletter: 'via Blog this'  > Listen to podcasts, read poems online and check out the discussion guide to learn new ways to approach a poem!