Friday, December 19, 2014

Brag on Your Class (21st Century Literacy 2nd 9 Weeks)

In October, the FHSA Library Media Center held the first 21st Century Literacy Celebration at Orange Leaf.  Our next Celebration is planned for February.  However, I want to solicit everyone to consider how you or others in the building are promoting 21st Century Literacy.  One definition of 21st Century Literacy is the ability to read, write, access information and use computers.  For 2nd 9 weeks, please brag on your class, grade level, etc. and tell how you are meeting the challenge of 21st Century Literacy in the classroom.  Please email the class name/grade, project/activity title, and description to

October 2014 Honorees

Thanks ICT for the Christmas Greeting

Friday, December 12, 2014

How to Access Accelerated Reader and STAR Reading Results (Teachers)

Accelerated Reader: View Scores From Quiz Taken
To view the Reading Practice Quizzes Record Book for an entire class, follow these steps:
  1. On the Home page, if you see Accelerated Reader, click it, then click Record Books and Goals.
  2. If you have the Accelerated Reader 360 Suite, selectIndependent Reading, then Record Books and Goals.
  3. If necessary, select the school or class or both from the drop-down lists.
  4. Click Reading Practice Quizzes.
The Reading Practice Quizzes Record Book lists all of the students in the class you selected. The list includes the last quiz each student took. If you click a student's name, you can view a list of the quizzes the student has taken so far, and you can add a Reading Practice Quiz record, edit or delete a quiz record, or reprint the TOPS Report for a quiz record.

STAR Summary Report
  1. On the Home page, under Dashboards and Reporting, select Consolidated Reports.
  2. Select STAR Summary.
  3. After you click Select next to a group, the Select 1 Product page will open. Choose the STAR product that you want to include in the report. The list includes products that are installed on the server and registered by at least one school. When you're ready to continue, select Next >.
  4. Next, you will be asked to select one reporting period. When you're ready to continue, select Next >.
  5. The next page will list the information you've chosen to include on the report. Choose whether to include the mean or median scores by selecting one of the options below the reporting data.
  6. If you want a list of all the options you have chosen for this report to be included on the report, check the Print selected report options on the report box.
  7. Select View Report.
  8. The Report Progress page will open while the report is being generated. Then, the report will open in a separate window. To print or save the report, select the Adobe Reader buttons. If you try to use the browser's print function instead, only the top of the page will print. (In Adobe Reader X, the Adobe Reader buttons may be hidden until you move the mouse over the document or press F8.)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Finding and Using Information: Plagiarism and Citing Sources

Our goal with this lesson is to understand what plagiarism is and how to prevent it.  Most of the class activities will be completed online and self-directed as much as possible. If you have questions or problems, locate and utilize your class library skills chat room and/or discussion board in Gaggle (Login to Gaggle > Click Apps > Chat Rooms > Library Skills).

Activity 1
Before you begin this lesson, let's assess what you already know about Plagarism.  Use the link provided to tell what you know or want to know about plagiarism: KWL Chart

What do these famous people have in common? (just think about it)

Nicki Minaj
Justin Bieber
Cold Play
Tyler Perry

Answer: They have all been accused of plagiarism.

Some descriptions of plagiarism include cheating, using someone's else's work as your own, using someone's work inappropriately, and/or not giving credit to sources used.

Activity 2
To learn more about Plagiarism, login to and read: Think For Yourself: Avoiding Plagiarism. Use a few minutes to explore the practice excercise as you read and record details using the Myon tools: highlighter, notebook/journal, Using these will help prove that you have completed the exercises. You may have to continue reading during class but come back to the exercises on your own time.  After reading, take the Myon and AR quizzes.

Activity 3
After reading and taking all quizzes, tell what you learned about plagiarism using the assigned option:

1-KWL Chart
2-Create a student-friendly poster with Wordle (save and upload your poster to the library skills folder in Gaggle)


Fair Use (Using Content Legally) 

Google Drive and Research Tools

Easybib (there is also an add on for Google Chrome)

Cite Fast

Celebrities AND Plagiarism

Collaborative Lesson and Professional Study by D. Williams
National Board Professional Teaching Standards
Library Media Standard VII Ethics
Accomplished library media specialists uphold and promote professional ethics and ethical information behavior.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Resources Spotlight: TeachingBooks.Net

Book and Author Resources: Snowflake Bently by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Arkansas Award Books:  Video Resources, Readings, Lesson Plans, and More

Diamond Award

Charlie Mae Simon Award

Teen Book Award

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hour of Code @ FHSA LMC

The Library Media Center will host a Code Challenge beginning the week of December 8.  Here are a few resources to review.

Challenge update and sign-up:

Traveling Circuits: Robot Firends Video

Traveling Circuits: My Robotic Friends (Information and Instructions)

Traveling Circuits: My Robotic Friends (Binary)

Challenge Guidelines
Updated 12.17.14 
(1) Sign-up using the online form: (see the blog post for link).
(2) Select and list one partner to work with on this challenge (I will announce if more team members can be added). 
(3) When you enter the library, look for the code challenge information board and obtain your code sheet to complete for the challenge period (TBA).  You may also look for current challenges on the library blog ( 
(4) On your own time or other with permission, write the code that you want your partner to follow.  Your partner should not see the code when you are writing or re-writing.
(5) Using cups or printed trapezoids, meet with your partner to test the code (separate anytime the code has to be re-written). 
(6) If you believe your team successfully completes the level, submit the written code.  At any time, teams may be asked to show proof of completing the level (proof with supervising adult's initials on code sheet, printed/glued trapezoid cut-outs stacked, and/or photograph of stacked cups).
Teams that follow the guidelines, write, test, and submit successful codes will be recognized as part of the Maker Club  @ FHSA LMC on the challenge board or online.  Refer to the challenge resources as needed: 
(Taken From Thinkersmith).

Monday, November 10, 2014

PLTW K-5 1st Semester Resources

K-Structure and Function/Pearson (P.) Chapter 2 "Solve Problems"
1-Light and Sound/P. Chapter 2 and Chapter 8 Lesson 1,3
2-Materials, Matter, Heat/P. Chapter 2 and chapter 8
3-Flight/P. Chapter 2 and Chapter 10
4-Force and Motion/P. Chapter 2, Chapter 8 Lesson 1 and Chapter 10
5-Robotics/P. Chapter2, Chapter 7 "Weather Related Natural Disaster"

Come Back for Updates

Summarizing and Paraphrasing

Summarizing vs Retelling

Summarizing Non-Fiction Text

Summarizing Text


1. Select and view at least one video
2. Complete any exercises provided in the video (optional)
3. After viewing the video

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Library Stations October 2014


K and 1st 

Spelling City: Book Care

2nd and 3rd

Spelling City: Library Brochure Rubric Terms

Rubistar Brochure Template Exploration

4th and 5th

Spelling City: Acceptable Use Policy

Create Your Own Puzzle Using AUP Vocabulary

Table Activity

K and 1st 

Book Care Game

2nd and 3rd

Library Procedures Rubric Review and Voting

4th and 5th

(1) Review the Acceptable Use Policy Pages 17-23 (as directed)
(2) After reading, each team member should give at least 1 detail in your group discussion
(3) List at least one detail in your notebook (writer should initial by teacher code; new person each time)
Note: Be sure to save or email any pictures to Ms. Williams about library procedures and/or the Acceptable Use Policy for submission to the Library Brochure.

Check-out & Teacher/LMS's Choice

K and 1st 

Select one book using shelf makers

2nd and 3rd

Select one or two books as directed

4th and 5th

Select one or two books as directed

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Library Advisory Commitee Agenda October 2014


Library Advisory Committee Meeting 


Library Class Norms and Needs to Address (LMS, Teacher, Students, and Volunteers)


                Middle School

The State of the Library Collection

Book Preview Party

Professional Development


  Other Committees Needed

                Break-out Time for Accelerated Reader and Book Fair Committees


Friday, October 10, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Brochure Tasks

Update 10.28.14   Students will be provide a small amount of library time to complete select tasks by grade level.  However, any additional time spent on the project at school or home is encouraged. Students should login in to > Library Brochure.  Help your class maintain green level status in the library by submitting your assignment today.


Library classes are creating a library brochure.  Student groups are meeting with Mrs. Williams to discuss the required grade level tasks.   Students will be meeting in groups to review the library procedures, a brochure tool, and the brochure rubric.  Teachers, please take a few minutes when students have access to a computer/other device to make sure students complete their grade level tasks. I am meeting with the class in 2 groups. There will be a two week window in which all students should have completed the assigned task(s). I recommend a group of students working on the task(s) as soon as possible after the group meeting in hopes of as much independence as possible.  Let me know of any challenges.

Brochure Tasks by Grade

K and 1st Grade
None as of 10/9/2014

2nd and 3rd* Grade
1. Locate and preview the rubric image in this post.
2. Read the first column of 10 Categories (A. Writing Organization to J. Graphic and Pictures).
3. Select two necessary/favorite categories to report to the class during library time (how to report: write it and bring to library class, email* it, , or post it as a comment on this blog if you dare).

Extension: Students can visit Rubistar and create their own brochure rubric: .  If you create a rubric, don't forget to share it with the library class (how to share: save it, email* it, or if available, print it.)

Rubric Sample Template

4th* and 5th* Grade
1. Locate and preview the Brochure Template at
2. Select a front and back template to preview
3. Try to insert an image (availabe on the computer) and try to type text (type your name).
4. Be able to recall how to insert an image and text to report to the class during library time.
5. Locate or create an image that would help a Kindergarten student understand at least 1 library procedure (review the procedures here:
6. Save this picture to your flashdrive/thumbdrive to share with class during library time.

Extension: Students can visit Rubistar to create and propose the brochure rubric: .  If you create a rubric, be sure to save the rubric to your flashdrive/thumbdrive to share with the class during library time.

6th, 7th, and 8th Grades
-see the optional library orientation poster assignment at to be considered for brochure input

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is now available school-wide.  All classes should be in the process of STAR Reading (Level Assessment) so that students can be aware of  their best reading range to promote growth.  Happy AR Testing!!!!!  Expect some updates from the school and PTSA Accelerated Reader Committees.

Monday, September 29, 2014

STAR Reading and Accelerated Reader on Renaissance Place

STAR Testing Beginning 9/29/2014 for Middle School > find Renaissance Learning

Login: firstname.lastname

password: student id/lunch number

Monday, September 22, 2014

Elementary School Technology and the Library Media Center

OPAC (Online Card Catalog at school))

Circulation (at school)

Research Tools (school or home) 

Additional Materials (eBooks at school or home) 

Accelerated Reader (testing at school pending licensing)

Library and Information Skill Resources  (initially whole and small group) (3rd - 8th Grade Student Email, Communication, and Storage) (Library Skills Lesson/Unit Vocabulary)  (59 Interactives for Research, Products, etc.)

To learn more visit 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lesson: Acceptable Use Policy

Students in grades 4 and 5 will discuss the Acceptable Use Policy in their weekly library classes.

Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 should login to to view the Assignment: Acceptable Use Policy.


Visit > Library Lessons and Extensions

Student Handbook: District Acceptable Use Policy in Pg. 17-23 and Pg. 99 (Student Use Agreement Signature Page)

and LRSD Behavior Expectations Pg. 3

LRSD Board Policy: Library

AUP AR Text Analysis

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Library Lesson: Policies and Procedures

Library Policies and Procedures

Become familiar with and demonstrate library policies and procedures:


1. Review the vocabulary list
2. Complete at least 1 activity to practice the words

Activity Preview: Brochure (Students will create a class/group library brochure-ongoing)

1. Locate the Printing Press Brochure
2. Review the tool and be able to tell at least 3 details to help your class/group use the tool

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What's Up in the Library (Week of August 25)

Library classes began this week for Kindergarten through 5th Grade.  Students are answering the question, what will help us be successful in the library? Answering this question will get students started in demonstrating knowledge of library policies and procedures in the school library media center (Arkansas Frameworks SR.4.K.1,1.1,2.1,3.1,4.4.1,5.1, 6.1, and 7.1).

Book Check-out and Accelerated Reader
Students will be allowed to check-out books as soon as the Automated Library System has been updated with current student information. Accelerated Reader will be available at that same time.   Look back on this blog for details! 

9/22/2014 Update
Book Check-out has started for all students
Accelerated Reader is available for Middle School and TBA for elementary


Friday, June 20, 2014

Gaggle Email

Gaggle Email

Beginning in 3rd grade, Little Rock School District students can utilize a safe and monitored email account. Students can utilize this email in the Little Rock School District from 3rd-12th Grade. Students should check with their classroom teacher and/or school library media specialist for additional information.