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Why Play Math Games?

By Kitty Rutherford, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

People of all ages love to play games that are fun and motivating. Games give students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies. Engaging mathematical games can also encourage students to explore number combinations, place value, patterns, and other important mathematical concepts. Further, they afford opportunities for students to deepen their mathematical understanding and reasoning. Teachers should provide repeated opportunities for students to play games, then let the mathematical ideas emerge as students notice new patterns, relationships, and strategies. Games are an important tool for learning in elementary school mathematics classrooms:

sumboxes•     Playing games encourages strategic mathematical thinking as students find different strategies for  solving problems and deepen their understanding of numbers.

Read the complete article here.

To check out math game kits for grades K-5 from the ERS Library, search the online catalog using the word "Sumboxes".

 Upcoming ERS Technology Classes 
 with instructor Steve Woods
                Introduction to Google Slides          1/31 4:30pm - 7:30pm
                ClassVR Training Session          2/1 4:00pm - 5:00pm
                Introduction to Google Forms & Sheets          2/13 4:30pm - 7:30pm

January 19, 2019            Orosi High School

The TCOE Educational Technology Department invites you to join us for our 3rd Annual Tech Rodeo, a full day of choice-based learning for educators, administrators, and coaches to meet the needs of all grade levels, content areas, and devices. This dynamic learning experience includes:

  • Keynote Speaker Showdown (NEW!) 
  • Hands-on Interactive Sessions
  • Learning from Student Learners
Whether you are just learning how to wrangle your tech resources or if you've ridden in a rodeo before, we're sure you'll find something to improve your skills, while making a few friends around the tech campfire.

The Best Books of 2018

From books for kids, tweens, teens and young adults to graphic novels 
& audiobooks, these three resources cover the best of 2018:
 School Library Journal
 Horn Book
 Kirkus Reviews





While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favorite lizard with her everywhere--she even brought a crocodile to school!

When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumored-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a little girl, Joan hosted children's tea parties--with her komodo dragon as the guest of honor. 

With a lively text and vibrant illustrations, scientist and writer Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala bring to life Joan Procter's inspiring story of passion and determination.




Interest Level: K - 3rd



This beautifully illustrated collection tells the awe-inspiring stories of 50 women who have pushed the boundaries of human excellence and endeavor.

Featuring familiar icons like Elizabeth I and Malala Yousafzai, and introducing hidden figures like Chien-Shiung Wu and Aud the Deep-Minded, kids will be fascinated reading about these women's achievements in science, sports, the arts, politics, and history, and it is sure to inspire a new generation of extraordinary girls!










 Interest Level: 3rd - 6th



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          additional teaching resources

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat--by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them--everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

 Interest Level: 5th-8th


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TeenBookCloud (formerly known as TumbleReadables) is an online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for your middle and high school students, offering a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If your students can access the internet, they can be reading, watching, or listening to fantastic content their smartphones, tablets, and laptops.teenbookcloud


Check out their Enhanced Novels. This collection of classic literature, YA novels, middle school chapter books, and foundational non-fiction texts features professional narration paired with line by line highlighting. Students can follow along with the narrator until they are ready to read on their own. In Enhanced Novels and eBooks, students can make notes as they read, or create bookmarks so they'll never lose their place. Also available are both High School and Middle School Hi/Lo readers: books that are written on high-interest topics that will appeal to students, but are written at a lower reading level they can more easily comprehend as they develop their reading skills. 

TeenBookCloud is designed for grades 7-12. Remember that you also have access to the TumbleBookLibrary, which is designed for grades K-6. To explore either one, simply log in to your ERS Portal!



Monday, January 21, 2019 is Martin Luther King Jr Day, an American federal holiday honoring the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Teach and educate your students why this day is observed, how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  promoted the use of nonviolent means to end racial segregation, and why he was so important to the Civil Rights Movement. The ERS Library has many books on Dr. King available for check out (a few are pictured below) and, once you log in to the ERS Portal you can use the links below to find grade appropriate digital resources.

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


Spanish & Bilingual  Books

The ERS Library recently added approximately 500 new bilingual titles to the circulating collection. Every grade level is represented! Search "Spanish Language Materials" by Subject in the online catalog to view all our Spanish & bilingual titles.


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GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, January 21 - 25, 2019, is a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools.


Founded in 2004 with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and evaluated by GLSEN research, No Name-Calling Week was inspired by James Howe’s novel The Misfits about students who, after experiencing name-calling, ran for student council on a No Name-Calling platform.


The week is rooted in the idea of #KindnessInAction — not merely recognizing the importance of kindness, but actively adding kindness into our every action. See below for ways to participate and put #KindnessInAction. Lesson plans are available for elementary, middle, and high school!


Use these resources to start discussions during No Name-Calling Week:

  • A list of titles from the Anti-Defamation League on the theme of Bullying Awareness and Prevention
  • Share this excerpt of Kevin Henkes’ book Chrysanthemum
  • Listen to Jacqueline Woodson talk about Each Kindness
  • Jason Reynolds celebrates cultural differences with his book As Brave as You
  • A full-length video book reading of Enemy Pie by Derek Munson and Tara Calahan King.
  • This Meet-the-Author book reading by R.J. Palacio about the inspiration for Wonder.
  • Listen to an audio excerpt from The Misfits by James Howe
  • Dashka Slater shares from her book The 57 Bus about a hate crime that changed teenagers lives.
  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Mary Beth Leatherdale

Many of these book titles are available from the ERS Library. Request your copy today!

                                                                                   by Doug Cairns, Instructional Technology Specialist 
Makey Makey

With Makey Makey everyday objects are transformed into touchpads empowering students to interact with computers as creative tools. The computer becomes an extension of their creativity, fostering imaginative play and discovery. Screen time, so often the bane of parents and teachers, becomes play, discovery, and invention time.
“Makey Makey” is a play on words - students having the ability to Make their own keyboards (“Ma-Key”). The mundane and boring keyboard is replaced by any object that conducts electricity - pie pans, Play-Doh, bananas, and even potted plants - the list goes on! When students create their own method of interfacing with the computer, barriers to learning and creating give way to a world of exploration that is on their terms.
Visit the ERS Library's online Follett Destiny library catalog to reserve a Makey Makey kit or a copy of 20 Makey Makey Projects from the Evil Genius for delivery to your school site. Check out the “Educators Guide” for more information on how to use this great device in your classroom. Ready to jump right in? Here are some “Sample Lessons” to get you up and running in no time. Do you have LEGO sets? Here are some “Additional Lessons”.

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California Reading Association’s
Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award


List of 2018 Winners


The California Reading Association has established an award to celebrate and honor nonfiction children’s books. The Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award will assist teachers, librarians, and parents in identifying outstanding nonfiction books for their students and children.


Eligible books must be nonfiction, but can be in any genre including poetry, folktale/fairy tale, informational, biography, memoir, cookbooks, joke books, self-help, reference, etc.


Concisely: Any book that is not fiction is eligible for the Eureka!


Gold and silver (honor) awards are selected each year from submitted books and reflect a wide diversity of nonfiction genres and age level interest.



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