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Welcome to Kordeks 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, Kordeks Korner, for future reference.
A Biweekly Newsletter Issue 5 - Dec 6, 2011f

Emma Exclamation Point

By: Barbara Cooper Call Number: E COO Grade: K-4
The story is about the life of Emma and her family.

The Gingerbread Pirates

By: Kristin Kladstrup Call Number: E KLA Grade: K-4 A gingerbread pirate, Captain Cookie, comes alive to rescue his crew from a hungry Santa Claus.

Suggestion: This would be a good story to use to introduce exclamation points. Exclamation points are used liberally through out the story in different situations and tones.

Suggestion: This is a fun story for the holidays from a different perspective. The story would compliment the reading of the Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends.

The Day-Glo Brothers

By: Chris Barton Call Number: 535 Bar Grade: K-4 This is a story that describes how two brothers, Bob and Joe Switzer invented uorescent paint and colors.
Suggestion: This would be good to use as an introduction to inventions and science exploration. The brothers did not start out wanting to be inventors but developed into them.

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Technology Resources

Website: http://blabberize.com/ Curriculum: Any, 1-4

BBC Nature Video Collection

Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ nature/collections Curriculum: Science

National Park: WebRangers

Website : http://www.webrangers.us/ search.cfm Curriculum: Social Studies Uses: This is a website of interactive activities by the National Park Service. This is good for independent center work. Allows the students to explore the countries resources in a interesting and informative manner. Features: - Students can earn badges - Various levels of difculty - Various topics (parks, nature, and history)

Uses: This is a fun Web 2.0 tool that allows you to make a picture talk. This would be fun when doing research on an animal, a math concept, or a person in history. Features: - FREE - Accounts can be established - You can choose what in the picture you want to move - Can be saved - Embedded onto website

Uses: This website has a vast amount of nature videos covering a variety of topics. The videos can be used as introductions to a variety of topics or center activities. Features: -Arranged by subject/topic -Short videos -Can be embedded into a website -Gives written information

Additional Resources
Punctuation Importance http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ 2011/11/visualization-ofpunctuations.html This would be an excellent video in which to introduce the importance of punctuation. It can also be used as a possible project to have students look at the purpose of punctuation.

Online Stopwatch Crayola Digi-Color http://www.online-stopwatch.com/full- http://www.crayola.com/ screen-stopwatch/ coloring_application/index.cfm This website has two clocks. One that counts up an another that counts down. Can be used just by the teacher or to the entire class when doing a timed assignment. This is a website that you can draw pictures using different Crayola products. You can change product, color, and size.

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