Library Learning Center
Library Technology Teacher: Joseph R. Nielsen
During our school closure I will be checking my school email daily. If you have questions about how to find or access library resources for school assignments, please send me a message via my school email account; firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be reading my emails each morning, and will respond as quickly as possible – I will try to respond within 24 hours.
I encourage each student to read (or to be read to) a minimum of 20 minutes each day.
Try taking on the UTAH JAZZ BEAR’S READING CHALLENGE to read 600 minutes by April 27th. Prizes are available to those who complete the challenge and submit the form. Details and forms can be found at: https://www.nba.com/jazz/reading-challenge.
Listen to books about space read by astronauts aboard the International Space Station:
Storytime from space – https://storytimefromspace.com/
FREE children's literacy resource featuring the world's best storytellers reading books aloud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home. https://www.storylineonline.net/ When prompted change the viewer to YouTube for better viewing.
Here is a webpage from Bound to Stay Bound Publishers providing links to many popular authors who are making their book available to you online.
More free ebooks are available at https://www.fbmarketplace.org/catalogsearch/result/?form_key=kIdCGR2fpIRLixr5&q=ebooks. Parents will need to order an access code – Note the price has been set to $0.00 – which will then give students access to the ebook collection.
Finding a good book to read can be more challenging when you read above your grade or age level – I know from my own experience. So in the resources listed to the right I have linked to a list of recommended books for advanced readers compiled by the American Library Association and the the Children's Book Council. I have confidence that you will be able to find something of interest there.
Parents and guardians – please be aware of and monitor what your students are sending through School email and class teams. These messages are seen by School Faculty and Administrators, and a record is being kept at the District offices. We want to be sure no one is receiving hurtful or inappropriate content, or is being bullied or harassed in any way.
The link to Commonsense Digital Citizenship resources (on the right of this page) has been provided as a resource for you to help your students be aware and act responsibly online.
“Since 1992, a growing body of research known as the school library impact studies has consistently shown positive correlations between high-quality library programs and student achievement (Gretes, 2013; Scholastic, 2016). Data from more than 34 statewide studies [including Utah] suggest that students tend to earn better standardized test scores in schools that have strong library programs. Further, when administrators, teachers, and librarians themselves rated the importance and frequency of various library practices associated with student learning, their ratings correlated with student test scores, further substantiating claims of libraries’ benefits. In addition, newer studies, conducted over the last several years, show that strong school libraries are also linked to other important indicators of student success, including graduation rates and mastery of academic standards”
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LIBRARY / RESEARCH
Utah’s Online Library has many great references and tools. Please contact Mr. Nielsen for the login and password information.
World Book Online is an amazing site for the students in the Salt Lake City School District. Use it to help with class projects, science fair ideas and more. You can access this site through Utah's Online Library above
- EasyBib - Look at this great way to create a bibliography! Use mybib, put in all your sources
(DO NOT CHOOSE INSTACITE!), and Save List as a Word File. It's that easy!
- Citation Machine - Fill in the blanks and paste your entries into your bibliography.
- Utah’s Online Library - (Formerly known as Pioneer.) Has access to World Book Online,CultureGrams, Gale & EBSCO databases, eMedia, as well as many local newspapers and National and State Historical Society resources.
- InfoPlease - Encyclopedia, Almanac, Atlas and Dictionary
Research Web Site
- EMints - specific web sites for more subjects
- Kids Government - government website written for kids
- https://wildlife.utah.gov/discover/utah-wildlife.html - Utah Conservation Data Center – Wildlife of Utah
- https://www.desertusa.com/ – Contains information about desert animals, vegetation, and places and activities to see and do the Southwest USA
Research Process Evaluation
- Intel - we reflect on and evaluate our research skills