Infographic made on Info.gram

Here is an infographic I made on info.gram using the results of my Queens College LIS 764 course. Click on the link to see it as an interactive image:

Our FAV graphic organizers

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Author illustrator David McPhail comes to our library!

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David McPhail has been a prolific author and illustrator of gentle, funny books about bears, pigs and children. He drew pictures for us. He always starts by drawing ears! SOmetimes he puts the chimney going the wrong way because he likes it better that way.

He encouraged all the children to draw and keep drawing. To find something to do that was all theirs, something they could do alone, and not need much of anything or anyone.

He stared drawing when he was 2 or 3. His grandmother gave him a laundry crayon. She saved everything so she cut paper bags into different sizes for him so he had paper!

David McPhail is a gentle man. The kids came up and wanted to talk to him after his presentation.

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Deaf actress Alexandria Wailes

Alexandra Wailes visits PS 347

Alexandra Wailes visits PS 347

Alexandria Wailes came to visit our Deaf students. She told us about growing up in a huge family, the only Deaf child. She went to a Deaf high school, but decided to go to a college where she was the only or one of very few Deaf students. Why? She wanted to dance and there was a good dance program there. She made a choice. She said it was VERY difficult at first, and she felt lonely, but she had a goal to learn how to dance. She practiced and practiced.

She talked about musicality. Not everyone has a sense of music. It has nothing to do whether or not you are Deaf. It is about being able to feel music. She feels music through vibrations. Being Deaf doesn’t mean you don’t understand music and rhythm and dance. She is a witness to that.

She inspired our students to learn ASL, to embrace their language, to communicate, and to set a goal and work hard to make it a reality.

We were thankful to have her visit

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There will be Lies by Nick Lake


This Monday, Nick Lake will visit our Middle School book Club the Book Fanatics. Read an excerpt here. It is an awesome book. Very mysterious, sarcastic, human, and magical.

Shelby (spoiler alert) is Deaf. She lives with her overprotective mother who won’t let her near men AT ALL. She won’t even be able to go to college. But she slowly gets to know why her mother is so scared of men. It is a cover. When she meets Mark, the cover, the lies start to explode.

Check out a blog post he wrote about his inspiration for the book here.

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What is research?

Click here to see the polls. I used polleverywhere to crowdsource answers and assess understanding. The 4-6th graders had fun using it and seeing their answer light up on the screen. Based on Threshold Concepts, I tried to build up their conceptual knowledge of basic research skills before embarking on a research project. Concepts: research, resesarch questions, sources, primary sources, secondary sources….next, authority! Here are some screenshots:

What questions do we need to think about to answer the big question WHAT IS RESEARCH?

What are some examples of research questions?
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What are sources?
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What is a primary source?

What are some examples of primary (first-hand) sources?
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What is a secondary (second-hand) source?

What are some examples of secondary sources?
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Taino vs. Columbus

The 4th graders read Jane Yolen’s “Encounter,” a retelling of the first encounter between Native Americans and Tainos, and an excerpt from Christopher Columbus’ diary. They took notes about the first encounter and the two points of view. Then they used MS Word to create an imaginary dialogue between the two, using a historical drawing as the background image.

They learned to cite the image and create speech bubbles, right-clicking to send the speech bubble to the front.Picture 2

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Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Lorenzo Mattotti

a fire to keep them warm in the woods

Our 4th graders drew as they listened to Neil Gaiman’s retelling of “Hansel and Gretel.” I encouraged them to use a lot of black ink like Mattotti, but their expressiveness lies where it lies…..enjoy!

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