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Support for teaching the new NGSS Standards


Are you struggling to find relevant digital content to support teaching the new NGSS Standards? Consider using Learn360 & Discovery Education, ERS Library’s streaming video platforms. Learn360 & Discovery Education videos are standards aligned, content rich and educationally sound.

These streaming video services allow educators to search by standards in all core areas including NGSS. In Learn360, choose the option that reads “Search by Standards.” Choose your grade level and the “Subject” or standard you’re searching. Results for NGSS K-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions yielded 17 videos from Learn360ranging in length from 2-10 minutes and 15 short videos in Discovery Education (choose the “Browse by Standards” option.) 

Both Learn360 and Discovery Education allow teachers to segment videos, especially helpful with longer videos. Use Learn360 and Discovery Education to introduce your students to new concepts, reinforce concepts taught, or demonstrate how the concept is applied in the real world. 

In addition to streaming videos that support teaching the NGSS standards, the ERS Library’s circulating collection has over 41 STEM specific kits available for checkout. As a reminder, the ERS Library delivers materials directly to your school site. If you would like the library staff to curate resources for a teaching unit, please contact us at erslibrary@ersconnect.org.  

Upcoming ERS Technology Classes 
 with instructor Steve Woods
          Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CC            3/13 4:30pm - 7:30pm
          Introduction to Google Drive & Docs     3/19 4:30pm - 7:30pm
          ClassVR Training Session     3/21 4:00pm - 5:00pm





Are you hosting a family literacy night, open house or carnival at your school this spring? 

Consider inviting the ERS Library staff to share and demonstrate the premium digital resources available to both students and parents via the ERS Portal. Our California Common Core aligned digital resources, including streaming video and eBooks, are accessible to parents, students and teachers 24/7/365!

Contact us today to schedule an ERS Library booth/table at your next parent or community event.



Attention Upper Elementary/Middle School teachers... 


School Library Journal
is hosting an inaugural Middle Grade Magic Virtual Summit on Wednesday, March 27th from 7:00am-1:00pm PST. It will be a day-long celebration and exploration of literature for children ages eight through 12 – and beyond! The opening Keynote speaker is Lynda Mullaly Hunt author of the popular middle grade book Fish in a Tree. Other featured authors include Shannon Hale, Kate Messner, Lamar Giles, Mae Respicio, and many more popular middle grade authors. There is no charge to attend virtual summits and you can step into a session whenever your school/class schedule allows. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens, from laugh-out-loud tales to eye-popping graphic novels to enveloping fantasy. Attendees will have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and receive prizes and giveaways. Can't make the live date? No problem! The entire environment will be archived and available for up to three months. Registration is easy and best of all—FREE!


California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) Program

Would you like to get your students reading in a variety of genres? Would you like to get them involved in a statewide reading competition wherein students chose the winners?! If so, consider participating in the California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program. Established in 1974, CYRM introduces California’s young readers to a variety of book genres and allows students from across the state the opportunity to read and vote on their favorite book in five categories. Each category has three to four titles each so the reading is not overwhelming. CYRM categories include: Primary, Intermediate, MS/Jr High, Young Adult, and Picture books for Older Readers.

Three of this year’s titles are on TCOE’s Reading Revolution list for 2019! Authors and illustrators are always honored to be chosen as winners by California’s young readers; most awards are given by adults, whereas CYRM award winners are chosen solely by students. CYRM is a collaborative program between the California Reading Association, California Association of Teachers of English, California Library Association and the California School Library Association


Get your students engaged with this event and have them vote either in the school library or your classroom. CYRM supporting materials, ballots, as well as classroom and library promotional ideas can be found on the CYRM website. Get your students involved in CYRM today and they will have the opportunity to help decide the 2020 winning authors and illustrators! 









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We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

I am Enough follows a girl of colour as she makes positive declarations – “Like the sun I am here to shine… like the bird I am here to fly and soar high over everything.” The young girl, surrounded by friends of different colours and cultures declares in “the end we are right here to live a life of love, not fear… I am enough.” I Am Enough offers positive affirmations for those who lack self-esteem and self-acceptance. It celebrates children for who they are.

A New York Times bestseller from actor and activist Grace Byers and newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.


Interest Level: K - 3rd

Elementary



T'Shawn has worked hard to get his family's life back on track after his father died. But as things are returning to normal, his world is suddenly turned upside down when his older brother, Lamont, returns from prison.

T puts his frustrations into his diving practice -- especially when he gets a scholarship to join a prestigious diving team at the local private swim club.

But when crimes start increasing in the neighborhood and Lamont is the prime suspect, T'Shawn begins to question the hope that he and Lamont can put the broken pieces of their damaged relationship back together.






 Interest Level: 3rd - 6th

Internediate
 


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          additional teaching resources


On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., stepped onto the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. What happened next – a man in a window, a rifle, and a single shot –was one of the most horrific and tragic events of the twentieth century.

In this minute-by-minute, ticking-clock narrative, James L. Swanson, award-winning New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt, Chasing Lincoln's Killer, and "The President has been shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, weaves together the riveting stories of the assassin and the civil rights leader as he transports readers back to one of the most shocking, sad, and frightening days in American history. 

 Interest Level: 9th-12th

Young Adult

                                                                                                                      by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

ABC-CLIO

ABC-CLIO is our award-winning History/Social Science research database, featuring reference articles, contemporary thought, and professional development content, created to help students, educators, librarians, and general readers of all ages wrestle with complex challenges. The resource provides digital curriculum with multimedia content, text-to-speech features, and translation tools to cover a multitude of topics relating to history and the humanities. History comes to life and students are engaged by colorful images and critical thinking pieces that dive deep into a topic, in a fun and interesting way. For example, students can explore “Dinner with Suffragists: Experiencing History Through Meals and Menus!”).

Content is divided into four databases: Ancient World History, Modern World History, American Historyand American Government. You can search each database individually, or search across all of them to find the most results. You and your students will find a plethora of fantastic information: not only award-winning reference articles, but charts, maps, graphics, photos and illustrations, each of which can be cited for reports with the click of a button. There are also tutorials on how to get the most out of the site, an “Ask the Cybrarian” feature, and professional development resources. 

Check out ABC-CLIO in the ERS Portal today!




February is Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, a time to pay tribute and celebrate the past and present accomplishments of African Americans. Established in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” it began as the celebration of Negro History Week, because it aligned with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, but was expanded to all of February in 1976. This year commemorates the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the Virginia Colony. Additional information on this commemoration can be found at https://asalh.org/400-years/. The ERS library has books available for check out, as well as digital resources on the ERSportal.

Grades K - 2    Grades 3 - 5     Grades 6 - 8     Grades 9 - 12    



  FREE Famous Women
      in STEM Posters


Now at the end of its second season, Nevertheless, a podcast that tells the stories of women who are transforming teaching and learning through technology, commissioned a new set of STEM Role Models posters for its growing collection.

Now available are eight inspiring posters; each celebrating a different woman innovator, who serves as amazing role model in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.


  


New York Times online access for all Californians via your local library

All California public libraries are now able to offer online access to the New York Time, complements of a statewide project from the California State Library. This offer for local public libraries in California features direct access to nytimes.com from 1851 to right now, including:

- All regular newspaper content
- All multimedia, including video, photography, VR features and all new multimedia to come
- Spanish and Mandarin Chinese versions
- Personalized access, including email newsletters such as California Today, mobile apps for
   phones and tablets, with customizable news feeds, and article recommendations based on
   topics you most commonly read about.

The State Library is supporting this resource for California public libraries for at least the next 18 months, and access set-up is at the local public library level. Contact your local public library for more information about access. Creation of a user account with the NYTimes required.


                                                                                 by Steve Woods, Instructional Technology Specialist   
Book Snaps

What is a Book Snap? Book snaps are growing in popularity with both teachers and librarians. They take advantage of the numerous features of the popular Snapchat social sharing tool, in order to share what one enjoys or finds particularly interesting about a book they're reading or studying from. Book snaps are easy to create and customize, in order to bring attention to what you find intriguing or important. 

Teachers, students, and librarians have been using Snapchat to share a variety of interesting finds, or to highlight important parts of a book, using digital highlighting, stamps, emojis and more.

Here is Steve Woods' recent presentation on Book Snaps, highlighting a variety of features within Snapchat and partnering app Bitmoji that will allow you to get started, for free. Discover how to guide your readers with fun and visually stimulating aids, that can be shared in a variety of ways. 
     











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