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Welcome to Kordek’s Korner ! This is a biweekly newsletter to share what is available within our library and on the internet for you to use to support your curriculum. The resources will also be posted on my blog, Kordek’s Korner, for future reference.
A Biweekly Newsletter Issue 1 - Sept 2011f

Not A Box
By: Antoinette Portis Call Number: E POR Grade: K-4 This book contains simple sentences and images. It is a story about different items a bunny images a box could be.

city dog, country frog
By: Mo Willems Call Number: E WIL Grade: K-2 This story is about the cycle of friendship. The joy of meeting and the sadness of loss.

Suggestion: This book is a quick story that could be used to stimulate student imagination for creative or descriptive writing piece. It could be used as a whole class read aloud or independent center activity.

Suggestion: An excellent supplement to a reading story about friendship. It is a very quick read aloud with consistent structure and inviting illustrations.

Subway Sparrow
By: Leyla Torres Call Number: E TOR Grade: 1-4 This book is about how passengers who speak different languages work together on the D train to rescue a frighten sparrow. Suggestion: With our PBIS theme of “Step Up to the Plate” as well as teamwork this book offers a different perspective of working together and the barriers that sometimes need to be over come.

Flat Stanley Project
http:// flatstanley.com/ We know Flat Stanley as the boy who was made flat when a bulletin board fell on him but he has become more then that.
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The Flat Stanley Project was started by Dale Hubert in Ontario, Canada in 1994. It is similar to a pen pal program but the focus of student letters is what Flat Stanley and/or his flat friends have done when visiting classrooms. This allows students a common creative element to write about. Participation is as easily as registering and finding someone on the Bulletin Board or List of Participants. Once registered there are many different ways

to participate from pen pals, pictures, or blogs. This is a great way for any grade level to work on writing skills and learning about different places both within the United States and around world. The Flat Stanley Project offers a structure which to base communications and a way to locate people interested from different areas in an easier manner. Check out the website and you might find the classroom just right for you.
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Technology Resources

Eyes on the Solar System National Geographic: Lewis & Clark
Website: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/eyes/ Curriculum: Science, Grade 3 and up Uses: Excellent to use as a class introduction to planets. It is also very user friendly so students could use it independently. Features: - Allows you to manipulate views and planets with mouse clicks - Can zoom in close or view the orbits both of moons and planets - Has planets, moons, comets, and NASA satellites and shuttles - Also has imbedded multimedia with each planet. - Has helpful tutorials Website: http:// www.nationalgeographic.com/ lewisandclark/index.html Curriculum: 4th Grade Reading " 3rd Grade Social Studies. Uses: This is a good resource for teachers to use for supplemental information. Some aspect could be integrated into teaching moments such as journey log and timeline. Other aspects could be used with student activities for writing prompts (discoveries, list of supplies). Features: - Student Activities" - Journey Log" " - Additional Links" - List of supplies

Visuwords
Website : http://www.visuwords.com/ Curriculum: Grade 2 and up Uses: This is a different way to expose students to synonyms, antonyms, and definitions. It allows students to see the connections between words. It can be used as whole class or individually. Features: - Choose your own words - Placing arrow on any word defines it - Double clicking any word will expand the connections - Has legend of what all the color lines mean

- Discoveries - Time Line - Game

Additional Resources
Nasa Kids’ Club http://www.nasa.gov/audience/ forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html Variety of games both science and math, images, and other resources starting at Kindgarden level PDF to Word Converterhttp://www.pdftoword.com/ Default.aspx Converts PDF documents into editable Word documents. Base Ten Manipulative Blocks http://www.learningbox.com/Base10/ BaseTen.html Has one, tens, and hundred blocks. Need to move them to make numbers, does not restart in between so students do addition and subtraction as well using them
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