This month's topics:
This was wonderful!! So many eloquent speakers with important messages for kids, parents, educators, everyone!!
Luckily, you can watch the video here.
The show was to talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding.
The 60-minute special "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" recording can be found by clicking the above picture.
You can watch the recording of this webinar from EmbraceRace.org, “I [STILL] can’t breathe”: Supporting kids of color amid racialized violence"
Through June 19 this website (https://www.dottirpress.com/not-my-idea )
is offering a free PDF download of
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness.
Bored? Don't worry! We have the answer!
You could be the illustrator of the next J.K.Rowling book!
J.K. Rowling has a NEW story, The Ickabog
and she is letting everyone read it online, for free!
You can read the chapters as they are put online, AND you can enter the contest,
"You can enter the official competition being run by my publishers, for the chance to have your artwork included in a printed version of the book due out later this year.... Your artwork must be entered by a parent or guardian, via the publisher’s own competition website in your country (link on this page) – the publishers are going to be judging all the competition entries."
And Don't Forget you can
Watch Harry Potter himself (sort of) reading aloud the first chapter of the first book, and check back because other celebrities will be continuing with the rest of the book!!
You can also watch and listen as some very famous actors read
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.
I hope you have as much fun listening to the book as they do reading it!
The Obama's continuing their tradition of reading aloud to children
Also, don't miss Michelle Obama reading aloud some of her favorite children's books!
To listen to past videos of the Obama's reading aloud to children, click here.
SORA allows you to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and more from many Public Libraries in the area, whether you have a library card or not!
The FIRST TIME you use Sora, in order to have access to ALL the wonderful ebooks & audio books that are available, You MUST follow the step-by-step directions from the video to:
- Connect yourself to West Orange Town School District and then login as a West Orange student using your school email & password
- and then, to connect to the WO Public Library
- and then, to connect to our multi-library group, Bergen County Cooperative Library System
Don’t worry, the next time you log in, it will know you belong to all those groups.
Our fantastic, FREE online Resources!User names & Passwords, if needed, for:(Log into your @westorangeschools.orgaccount to access user names & password sheet)SORA allows you to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and more from many Public Libraries in the area, whether you have a library card or not! Make sure you follow the instructions in the video when you log on for the FIRST time.MackinVIA is Not JUST ebooks! Until Sept 30th, Mackin is offering free access to not only almost 5000 elementary level Ebooks but also several very helpful databases including:
Kid's Infobits - Great for research! A child-friendly database which searches across full-text, age-appropriate Ebooks and magazine articles covering history, current events, sports, government, and people. If prompted for a Password - use the word: open& Fantastic Educational Videos, resources, games, & more Use our user name & Password from our online resources list.PebbleGo - perfect for K-3 w/ articles on a variety of subjects. Use our user name & Password from our online resources list.PebbleGo Next The next step for research after PebbleGo for 3rd-5th graders. Through the rest of the year they are providing ALL research modules, just use this user name & password, not our normal one.Username: engaged and Password: learningCultureGrams Information on more than 200 countries and each U.S. State.
- DOGONews with kid-friendly news articles on current events
- Abdo Zoom's Animals, STEAM, & Biographies databases
- DKFindout! DK’s clear, reliable, and highly visual content covers all curriculum subjects
- CountryReports which provides online content, maps, facts, and articles on the cultures and countries of the world
- Lightbox K-2 and 3-5, EyeDiscover K-2, and World Language K-2 interactive eBooks which are an exciting fusion of print, video, and audio.
Enchanted Learning - Great Science and Social Studies information even for our youngest students with printable worksheets!EBSCO includes Novelist K-8 and Ebooks as well as magazine articles.
Links for Classroom Projects and More!!!
Actors reading wonderful picture books!save and share it, but remember not to put your full name or where you live!Want to find out what order a book series is in??Go to Kids Book Seriesto see the order for your new favorite series!many children's and young adult book awards there are!
OR to go directly to lists for the most popular awards: