Skype visit to Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, England

The 4th and 5th grade are big Roald Dahl fans thanks to the fun read alouds last year. Penguin invited us to visit the Roald Dahl Museum just north of London.
We learned that when Roald Dahl was a kid, candy companies would come to his school and have the kids taste-test new flavors. This made him feel very important, and inspired him to write Charlie & The Chocolate Factory! He ate chocolate so much that he lost his teeth. Every one of them. They are in the museum! As well as chocolate doors that SMELL like chocolate….mmmm….

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Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

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- Download Youtube Clips Easily

- Download Youtube Clips Easily.

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Just Juice by Karen Hesse

What if you are in third grade, not doing too well in school, and your parents are about to get evicted and need you to help them read letters from lawyers?

Then you have to deliver a baby because your mom can’t get to the hospital?

Read this if you think you have it hard!

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End of year Tech survey

Want to hear from folks so we can plan a better year integrating technology into our learning plans. 3 minutes max for this survey!

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Siblings Reading Club

Sibling Reading Club

Thanks for participating this year! Please fill out this survey so we can plan an even better club next year.

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Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years?


What do you think?

Originally posted on the open book:

Since LEE & LOW BOOKS was founded in 1991 we have monitored the number of multicultural children’s books published each year through the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s statistics. Our hope has always been that with all of our efforts and dedication to publishing multicultural books for more than twenty years, we must have made a difference. Surprisingly, the needle has not moved. Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, children’s book publishing has not kept pace. We asked academics, authors, librarians, educators, and reviewers if they could put their fingers on the reason why the number of diverse books has not increased.

The Diversity Gap in Children's Books

The Diversity Gap in Children’s Books (click for larger image)

KT HorningKathleen T. Horning, Director of Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison: I think we saw the numbers of multicultural books flatlining when school and…

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