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DBQuest and Case Maker: Two more critical thinking tools from LOC!

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Alert your social studies and ELA teacher friends or dig in on your own.  This past week the Library of Congress launched DBQuest and Case Maker, two new web and mobile apps that join a suite of digital resources introduced back in 2016. The Library of Congress announcement shared that these new interactive opportunities for middle and high school […]

Oh where, oh where has Tortilla gone? Join the Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon

Where is Catalina’s doggy, Tortilla? Our nation’s 21st U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera poses a question he would like children to answer, as creatively and as poetically as possible!  He and artist/illustrator Juana Medina invite your second and third grade kiddos to join a bilingual poetry party! This week, the Library of Congress debuted the […]

Gynzy, handy beyond the whiteboard (and a list of other goodies)

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My very dear friend, Eileen Welsh teaches kindergarten. This morning I asked her, “What’s the most effective teaching tool you’ve discovered for your little ones?” Without hesitation she answered Gynzy. Eileen shared: When it is time to create collaborative groups or partners in my Kindergarten classroom,  I no longer use the “popsicle stick” method to […]

Celebrating interactive scaffolds

Primary Source Analysis Tool

Even with all those media-rich, glittery new resources out there, I find that I often return to some basics–a few simple, older and newer interactive tools for teaching and learning. Here’s an eclectic list of some handy interactive stand-bys: Primary Sources The powerful, one-page, interactive LOC Primary Source Analysis Tool allows users to choose the […]