Monday, December 14, 2015

Myon, STAR and AR Mid Year Teacher Review

How to Access Myon, Renaissance Learning (AR/STAR), and AR Finder
The best way to access these sites is through the FHSA Symbaloo at:

Login for STAR and AR (firstname.lastname and student id number)

STAR Reading assesses the students reading level and provides a ZPD

Accelerated Reader/STAR

Recorded Voice Quizzes

New Accelerated Reader 360 (Non-fiction Articles and Assignments)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Plagiarism November 2015

Before beginning our lesson on Plagiarism, be sure to review the Library's:

Rules and Procedures Page 1 & 2
Read and Achieve Notice for 1st 9 weeks (AR/Myon)
AR Tips and 2nd 9 weeks update

Skills Objectives
SR 4.X.1 Library policies and procedures in the school library media center.
SR.4.6.3 Respect and follow copyright laws 


What do these famous people have in common? 
Nicki Minaj
Justin Bieber
Cold Play
Tyler Perry

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.


To learn more about Plagiarism, login to > Search for Understanding Computer Search and Research > mute your computer.  We will read and discuss pages 36, 37, 38, and 39 together.   Please be advised that you will have a post-test over the information.  You should've taken the pre-test already (let me know immediately if you have not).


Fair Use (Using Content Legally)

Google Drive and Research Tools

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

Cite Fast

Friday, October 16, 2015

Are you a top reader for 1st 9 weeks?

Are you a top reader for 1st 9 weeks?  Read the chart below to see and check in at the library.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Media Squad (1st Wednesday or 1st Friday)

Media Squad meets the 1st Wednesday or 1st Friday of each month.  See Mrs. Williams in the media center for details about this volunteer group.

Science Fair Research

Before beginning your science research be sure to review the Library's:

Rules and Procedures 
Read and Achieve Notice for 1st 9 weeks (AR/Myon)

Skills Objectives for 1st 9 Weeks
SR 4.X.1 Library polices and procedures in the school library media center.

IL 1.X.7 Recognize/Utilize/Select/Interpret information in a variety of print/non-print/digital resources...


Below are the suggested research options for Science Fair Research once you have decided your topic.  If you have not decided a topic, click the following link to search for ideas:

1. Check the FHSA Catalog to reserve or locate books on your topic.

2. Check the Arkansas Traveler Databases for information on your topic.  (Try the databases with science in the title first)

3. Check the public library catalog for books you can check-out if you have a library card (ask for assistance if you find a book that you need and do not have a library card).

4. Check the public library databases for any databases different from those already searched  (ask for assistance if you do not have a library card to access a needed source).

CALS Science Databases and Recommended Science Resources


Citing Sources
1.Easy Bib
About and Help

Coming Soon Tips for a Great Science Fair Display!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Words Center (K-1)


Site Word Matching Activity

Spelling City Review and Games                                                              
Level 1


Works Consulted 

"Free Sight Words Games, Printables and Videos." Free Sight Words Games, Printables and Videos. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2015.

"Learning in Progress." : Library Centers for Kindergarten & First Grade. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2015. .

"Sight Words Memory." Sight Words Teach Your Child to Read. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2015. .

Monday, September 21, 2015


Resources for Creating a Fact Book About the Continents

KWPSL Research Strategy  (electronic form:
W-Want to Know
L-Learned (After viewing or reading, list what you ave learned)

Stapleless Book

Works Consulted

"Kid Songs | Seven Continents Song for Children | The Continents Song."YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

"Map of the 7 Continents of the World: Drag and Drop the Names on the Continents." Map of the 7 Continents: Identify Seven Continents Game. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2015. <>.

"The Continents Song." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2015. <>.

"Seven Continents." Seven Continents Power Point. Washington County Schools, n.d. Web.

"The Seven Continents Song | Silly School Songs." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.         <>.

"Review Game Info:." Continents and Oceans. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2015. <>. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15

Research Strategy Activity: KWPSL

1) K-What do you know about Hispanic Heritage Month?

Discuss and record your answers as directed.

2) W-What do you want or need to know about Hispanic Heritage Month?

Discuss and record your answers as directed.

3) P-Why is it important to study Hispanic Heritage and other cultures outside of our own?

Discuss and record your answers as directed.

4) S-What sources did you read or view?

Read and view the resources provided below and as time allows locate additional sources.

5) L - What did you learn after reading and viewing information about Hispanic Heritage Month?

K-2 Resources

Oh Noah: Cowboys and Librarians

Click and Say  Colors in Spanish*

Click and Say  Letters in Spanish*

Click and Say Numbers in Spanish*

Noah Games:

Hispanics Past and Present

*Computer activities may require small groups of 3 to preview one then rotate.

3rd Grade (and up) Resources

Hispanics Past and Present

Fun Facts


Monday, August 24, 2015

Library Procedures

How to Keep Your Eagle Pin

*Enter Quietly and Remain at the .....

*Taking Care of Books
1-Mr. Wiggles:
2-Mr. Wiggles Power Point: 

Manners With a Library Book (Myon)

*Reading to Self
What do you see?

What do you see?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Library Orientation for Teachers

Library Orientation Part I

(1) Library Norms Brainstorm  (To Do)

Input the following:
Topic: Library
1st Round: Aspects that should remain the same related to students, staff, and/or meetings/events
2nd Round: Aspects that should be changed related to students, staff, and/or meetings/events

Access the library calendar at: > see Calendar (

(2) Library Resources 

Traditional Materials
Elementary (right), Middle (left) and General Collection
Professional Collection - located in the media center office
DVD Collection (limited for elementary at this time*)
(Let me know if you do not want your district pin number as your patron id for check-out.)


Other Ebooks (login information at > see Online Resources)

Accelerated Reader/STAR
Getting Started Tutorials 


New Accelerated Reader 360 (Non-fiction Articles and Assignments)

Discovery (video resources*) 

Gaggle Tube (You Tube video resources accessible with less difficulties*) (see Gaggle Tube videos)

Arkansas Traveler Databases**
Access the databases on the media center blog at > see online resources or

Collaboration Brainstorm  (To Do)

1. Input Topic as Content Skill and Grade
2. 1st Round: Library Skill or Resource to integrate   (More details at: and state collaboration form in #4 of this blog post).
3. 2nd Round: Estimated Timeline (example: Month, 9 weeks, etc.)

Note: As with Edline and Gaggle, Myon and Accelerated Reader are accessible based on set-up on the District Level.  I will announce when class and student information has been updated.

(3) Laminating Guidelines and Basic How-to 

Library Orientation Part II

(4) Lesson/Collaboration Requests for the Library

Librarian and Teacher Collaboration Form (from AR Media Specialist Wiki) 

(5) Resources for Creating a Poster in Publisher Using a Standard Printer  

Creating Banners and Posters

In the following Google Doc, please provide, check/list the resources that you would like to see provided as a staff development:  (To Do)

Power Point of Presentation:

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mrs. Williams Summer Projects

As a Professional Learner

Job Embedded Professional Development

What is it?

"... refers to teacher learning that is grounded in day-to-day teaching practice and is designed to enhance teachers’ content-specific instructional practices with the intent of improving student learning..."

Taken from


NBPTS Library Media

Google Certification

As a Trainer

Google and Gaggle Tools for Research (LRSD/Instruc. Tech.) July 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Microsoft Office 365 (Free to Staff, Students, and Parents)

Greetings students and parents,

LRSD has acquired Office 365 license for employees and students.  Directions for downloading the software on home devices  can be provided with parent signature (not required if 13 or over). There is a legal issue associated with students under the age of 13 installing the software on their home devices. 

Parents, if you would like this information sent home, please print (if not provided), sign, and return a hard copy of this notice to Mrs. Williams, LMS (  

Getting Started with Microsoft Office 365
Tour Microsoft Office 365 for users chap 1 Welcome to Office 365 YouTube (click title to view the video)

Tour Office 365 for users chap 4 Microsoft Office and Office Web Apps YouTube (click title to view the video)

Student Name:
Parent Signature:

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Edline Reports

Did you know you can customize the view of your reports? 

Edline provides options for you to customize reports for posting or printing.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Reading

Reading Challenges

myOn Summer Reading Challenge and LRSD

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Reading for the World Record (Video)

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge (Website and Registration)

Summer Book Challenge 3rd-12th ($CASH$)  (Thanks for the information Mrs. H. Bishop)

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading (Free Book)

Reading Lists

ALA Summer Reading List (LRSD Instructional Technology Recommends)

The Mighty Miss Malone (Summaries and Library Skills Video Tips)

The Might Miss Malone and Library Skills

Students were asked to read chapters and locate additional book titles and information related to the theme/other of The Mighty Miss Malone.  Students were also asked to create videos to help other students be successful in finding the right information including how they located select books.

Below are a few examples videos:

Locating a Book

The Mighty Miss Malone (Glogster Student Presentation Draft found online)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Summer Reading Crew Needed

The library media center is in need of volunteers to promote the summer reading program.  It is our plan to join Scholastic's Read for the World Record.  Here is some information about the challenge:

Crew Coordinator
An adult volunteer that organizes drew job tasks and calendar.

Crew Manager
A student volunteer that organizes drew job tasks and calendar with the Crew Coordinator.

Student Crew
A Student Crew is a team of middle school students who help plan and promote summer reading. Students know what’s popular among other students and have great ideas on how to attract the entire school community to participate.

Junior Crew
A Junior Crew is the same idea, but with younger students.

Jobs to consider

1-Advertising:  help market summer reading and books (example: video book trailers/book talks) to students, staff, parents, and community

2-Decorating: help decorate and advertise great books to read for summer

3-Contests Crew: helps the media specialist get the school involved 

4-Social Media Crew: helps post updates and information about reading throughout the summer to media specialist, PTSA and administrators for media outlets (lmc blog, website, facebook, etc.) 

5-Submit a job idea

Interested participants should sign-up online at:  Also, students can inquire about Adopt-a-Shelf (reshelving and organizing designated areas with their special tag  and displaying recommended books) .

Monday, May 11, 2015

Links for May 11, 2015

1-Library Media Center Blog

2-FHSA Symbaloo

Will be utilizing Myon and Renaissance Learning (AR) icons from the Symbaloo.

The Parts of a Book   

AR Quiz  155945 

Bob the Alien Discovers Dewey

AR Quiz 134450

****Early Bird Activity
Review the Sections of the Library Vocabulary

Friday, May 8, 2015

AR Rewards: Creating Your Own Read Poster

Steps to Complete Your Read Poster (Read and Achieve 100+ points)

1. Take a photo of yourself holding one of your favorite books (example positions):  You may ask to use the camera in the library media center at a time approved by your teacher and the media specialist. This picture should be saved to your Google Drive or a flashdrive.

2. Once you have saved the picture, explore the resources below to edit your background.  Use the Online Generator to finalize your poster with your edited photograph and the word READ.

3. Email or bring your poster design (on a flashdrive) to the library media center.  Talk to Mrs. Williams about printing this poster.


Online Generator


Photoshop Elements ALA Webinar (software trial available with an Adobe account)\(video)  (slides) 

Help buy the kit  (ask about how to make donations to the media center)  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

STAR Testing (End of Year)

Please remember to STAR Test in May.  Here are a few tips:

Student Steps to Test (use the Renaissance Learning icon on school desktops or the link on the FHSA Symbaloo)
  1. Start the web browser and go to the address provided by your school network or school. The Renaissance Place Welcome page opens.
  2. Click I'm a Student.
  3. The student enters his or her user name and password, and then clicks Log In.

    If the student does not know his or her user name or password, search for the students you need user names and passwords for (click Users on the Home page, then click View Students); click the Passwords tab once the correct students have been found.

    • If students know their passwords but not their user names, you can search for the user name by clicking Forgot Your User Name? The software will ask the student to choose the school and search for his or her name; then the program will fill in the user name. You cannot search for student passwords this way.

Reports (Teacher info)

  1. Click STAR Reading on the Home page, then click Reports to begin printing the report.
  2. Select your school from the School drop-down list, if necessary.
  3. Click Growth on the Select Report page.
  4. Select the options you want to customize for this report on the Report Options page. When you customize this report, you can choose options....
  5. Click View Report when you are finished choosing options.
  6. STAR Reading will generate the report. When it's ready, the report will open in a browser window or a separate window.
There are other reports to consider:

Please report any problems with the student or teacher instructions.

Gallery Walk

National Writing Project and Gallery Walk Resources

Gallery Walk Rationale and Procedures

Gallery Walk (Using Photographs) (great tips: Teacher Modeling, Students Practice, and Assignment Sheet front (I notice) and back (questions I have)

LMS Note:  Consider inviting students from your grade level or other grade levels to showcase student work as well as inform students about a topic.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pythagoras and the Pythagorean Theorem

Pythagoras and the Pythagorean Theorem

Discovery Education Video

What the Anicent Greeks Knew
      Pythagoras (1:51)


History for Kids 

 Lesson Plans


Grade 8 Lesson Plan  

Common Core Aligned


Suggested Reading:  

What's Your Angle Pythagoras  
(Book that may be found in class sets at FHSA in the Title I  Resources)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit

920 Lin LIN Fahrenheit, Celsius, and their temperature scales Lin, Yoming S.

Kid's Search Biography

Other Related Resources 

On Myon
Temperature: Heating Up and Cooling Down (K-4)

Lesson Plan: Weather (1st Grade)

Lesson Plan (Ages 8-14)

Reading and Questions (4th Grade) 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Reading Incentives


As of April 9, 2015
Highest AR Points  = 667.8
Highest Student Word Count = 4, 635, 676
Highest Myon Books Read (Classes K-5)  = 3533
Highest Myon Books Average (Classes K-5) = 753
Highest Myon Books Read (Classes 6-8 = 115)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lessons Resources for the Industrial Revolution and Child Labor

Child Labor in America (Lesson Plan)

Activity Ideas

(1) Giving Voice to Child Laborers Through Monologues

Lesson Plan

(2) Individually or with a partner, students could create a one or two minute spoken word poem about the social issue.

Example Spoken Word Activity

Child Labor, Selections from Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg

Poetry Writing Resources


Monday, March 30, 2015

Read a Million Words (Update)

We have overwhelmingly exceeded reading a million words thanks to 120 students so far and can designate a no uniform day (tentative May 1) for those students participating in the AR challenge that begin March 2. Students who have not participated so far can still be eligible for the no uniform day by reading and quizzing through April 23.  All eligible participants will receive a notice.  Students should also continue reading and quizzing to reach their individual AR goals and TOP AR Honors. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Teacher FAQ AR, Myon, and Discovery 3.19.15

Login to the document upon request:

Spring Break Challenge and the Mighty Miss Malone (4th and 5th Grade)

Earn .3 (yes point 3) AR points to add to your current points by logging in to Google Play Books, searching for the Mighty Miss Malone, and reading the first four chapters of . Prepare to answer questions on these chapters.

Also, when you are at school, make sure you can log in to AR > Your Teacher's Class > Williams' Group > Group Library > click the picture of the Mighty Miss Malone book > Preview > Click OK to add to your device  (may have to click ok to Chrome changes as well) > the sample of the book will load > Read the chapters available > Highlight text and respond to questions as directed

Questions for Chapter 1

Double click on the word annoying in Chapter 1 in the section of the book when Deza begins talking about annoying traits.  compare and contrast an annoying trait of one of Deza's family members to one of your own family members.

Deza mentions that her family motto is "We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful." Why do you think the Malone's have this motto?  Does your family have a motto?  If so, what is the motto and why does your family have this motto?  If your family does not have a motto, consider what your motto could be and tell why you chose this motto?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Primary and Other Sources for Lesson Themes: Great Depression, African-American History, and Family

Search for Your Family    
Comparison/Contrast  Tools (Your Family c/c to Main Character's Family): (3rd-8th)

Family Tree Fillable:


The Great Depression

The New Deal

President Roosevelt

What is a primary source?

Creating a Book Cover or Jacket (& other parts of a book)

Activity 1: You are an author and you have just created a fiction book and a non-fiction book related to one or more of the themes of the book the class is/has read.  You will create a cover and additional parts of a book for the pretend books. 
Activity 2 (as directed): Create a new cover and additional parts of a book for a fiction title and a non-fiction title that you have read.
Book Cover Guide (3rd-8th)

Book Cover Creator (K-8 )  (Cover, Title, Author, Illustrator)

Strapless Book
(Title Page, Table of Contents, Index, and Glossary)

What You Need to Know

Parts of a Book

Call Number

Dewey Decimal System


Dewey Decimal Rap and Transcript: and

Search for additional information about the Dewey Decimal System if needed at:

Monday, March 2, 2015

Recommend a Dr. Seuss Book for Our Media Center Wish List

Post a comment to this post and recommend 1 of your favorite Dr. Suess Books for the Media Center Wish List.

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street (1937) 

The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938) 

The King's Stilts (1939)

Horton Hatches the Egg (1940)

McElligot's Pool (1947)

Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose (1948) 

Bartholomew And The Oobleck (1949) 

If I Ran the Zoo (1950) 

Scrambled Eggs Super! (1953) 

Horton Hears A Who! (1954) 

On Beyond Zebra (1955) 

If I Ran The Circus (1956) 

The Cat in the Hat (1957) 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1957) 

Yertle The Turtle And Other Stories (1958) 

The Cat In The Hat Comes Back! (1958) 

Happy Birthday To You! (1959) 

Green Eggs And Ham (1960) 

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960) 

The Sneetches And Other Stories (1961) 

Dr Seuss's Sleep Book (1962) 

Dr Seuss's ABC (1963) 

Hop on Pop (1963) 

Fox In Socks (1965) 

I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew (1965) 

The Cat in the Hat Song Book (1967)

The Foot Book (1968)

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories (1969) 

My Book About Me (1969) 

I Can Draw It Myself (1970) 

Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (1970) 

The Lorax (1971)

Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (1972)

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1973)

The Shape Of Me And Other Stuff (1973)

Great Day For Up (1974)

There's a Wocket in my Pocket! (1974)

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (1975)

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (1978) 
- See more at:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AR Tips for FHSA Read a Million Words School-wide Challenge

The challenge to Read A Million Words (School-wide) begins on March 2, Dr. Seuss' Birthday.  Students are encouraged to keep a reading log, and consider the following steps:

(1)   Select books that you would like to read: 

At School (search for titles by clicking Ctrl F > type the title or author): (search outside of school) or use the online card catalog (accessible only at school):  

At the Public Library:

At > login to search, select, and view the info tab for AR tags

At Home/Other

(2)   When you are not sure, check to see if books are AR using the Book Finder:

-Locate and Click AR Finder:

-Select Type of User (Student, Parent, etc)

-Search for the Book Title

-If found, click on the Book Title to Get Book Details including Word Count

(3)   Begin logging and reading the book(s). Once students complete the book(s), he or she should be sure to complete the reading log information with word count.  At school (only at school), the student can access the Accelerated Reader Quiz (K and 1st grade must be approved to quiz based upon DRA).  However, all students can complete the reading log to report to the classroom teacher and media specialist.  Kindergarten and 1st grade will have class/group quiz options for Accelerated Reader awareness.