Is a field trip to Raleigh a little out of reach? Is it too far or too expensive? Well, you can bring Raleigh and history to your school through the North Carolina Museum of History.
Tar Heel Junior Historians:
Authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1953, THJHA is sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of History, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The association is a network of FREE clubs across the state, with members in grades 4–12. Each club must have at least one adult adviser.
Don't have time for a club? Make every student in 4th grade or 8th grade a member and integrate resources from THJHA into lessons. Collaborate with a teacher to do some lessons. Every "member" gets 2 free print magazines a year featuring the stories of North Carolina. They also get a membership card and a membership sticker as well.
Videos on Demand:
Have you seen some of the videos available from the museum? Learn about the Native Americans in North Carolina, our role in the American Revolution or learn about the history of movies in our state. These videos and more are available on the NC Museum of History Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/outreachmoh1
History in a Box Kits:
Bring the resources of the North Carolina Museum of History into your classroom through History-in-a-Box kits! These multidisciplinary teaching tools provide you with the background materials, reproduction artifacts, lessons, and activities that tie North Carolina history with language arts, science, math and visual art.
All kits are available for loan for three weeks. There is no rental fee, however the user is responsible for paying return shipping, typically between $10-$15 per kit. Teachers in the Raleigh area can save shipping costs by picking up and returning kits to the museum.
If you have any questions, please contact the Educational Media Center at 919-807-7984 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about "Bits of NC History" through short podcasts, beginning with early exploration all the way through the 20th Century. Learn about government, Native peoples, industry and more.
Would you like to dig deeper? The NC Museum of History offers professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers both online and face-to-face. To see a list of offerings, check here: Professional Development
Have students visit the Museum virtually through a series of interactive online exhibits. Navigate the experiences of North Carolinians through the Civil Rights Era, learn about the evolution of health and healing experiences in our state, or learn about weapons, flags and other artifacts from the Civil War.
Dianne Wright, media coordinator from Friendship Elementary, is this week's guest blogger.
At this Thanksgiving season, I am so thankful for my career as a classroom teacher and school librarian! Beginning in 1977 as a fifth-grade teacher and serving now in my 39th year of education, I am still loving what I do! Why? I enjoy learning and igniting a passion for learning in elementary-age students!
In September, I attended NCCAT for the first time ever! I attended the first Library Media Specialist session that NCCAT has ever held. Let me encourage you to apply for the January session below! If you are a PENC (Professional Educators of North Carolina) member, you may be able to receive NCCAT “Subs on Us” Grant to pay for your substitute like I did—just go to the PENC website and apply!
Consider applying to NCCAT for their January session below:
Below you will find some of the valuable resources about which I learned:
Flocabulary.com—free 14-day trial for individual, school, or district. Especially note the Common Core area at https://www.flocabulary.com/standards/
Connecting literature to inquiry-based science—possible Maker Space ideahttp://static.nsta.org/files/PB186X2-19.pdf
Great read: IGNITING A PASSION FOR READING, by Steven Layne
“From read-alouds to creating reading lounges to author visits and so much more, this book will help schools create a vibrant reading culture. The book also includes reminiscences from many of today's well-known children's and young adult authors—Mem Fox, Sharon Draper, Steven Kellogg, Candace Fleming, Eric Rohman, Neal Shusterman, and Joan Bauer—about the teacher who ignited their passion for reading.
This year I have two major focuses to support student learning at Friendship Elementary. One is vocabulary and the second is math facts.
I am using a 5-gallon Word Jar for students to drop words and definitions in that they encounter in their reading. In May we will have the magician, Mark Daniels, visit our school if students fill the jar with words 2 or 3 times through the year!
Students in grades 3-5 are being invited to “Silly String Mrs. Wright” by memorizing their multiplication and division facts. Meanwhile, first and second graders are challenged to learn their addition and subtraction facts.
What are you thankful for relative to your teaching career? Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving as we all IGNITE A PASSION FOR LEARNING in our students!
Dianne Wright, Friendship Elementary School
This week's post is courtesy of Danielle Treadway, Library Media Coordinator at Brier Creek Elementary. Brier Creek hosted the map on Tuesday, November 10th.
The traveling map was an amazing experience for the students of Brier Creek that incorporated many standards both educational and social. Since we are such a small school, once we were given the opportunity to have the map for a whole day, I knew that I wanted all grade levels to enjoy this adventure.
I worked with my awesome ITF, Sue Tobin, who came up with and created a scavenger hunt with app called GooseChase. Sue created a chase that was geared toward the third through fifth grade students. I took her chase and created another one that was geared more toward Kindergarten through second grade students.
After a short introduction of the map on the Pacific Rim area, the students were sent on their hunts in small groups to explore and discover the features of the map. During the activity there were fifth grade students that acted as “tour guides” for the Kindergarten and first grade students. The app kept the students independently and actively engaged while exploring the map. If you have not had the opportunity to try GooseChase I highly recommend it. It has multiple potentials for both professional and personal use. The best feature is that they take photos as evidence for completing missions. This left me with multiple pictures to share.
All in all the map was a success! The kids seemed to have a wonderful time learning and staying engaged. I even had positive reports from staff, who also learned from this experience. One teacher commented that she did not realize that Hawaii was that far south. She said she might not have realized that if she had not seen the world on this scale. The only negative comment was that it was wished it could stay longer. I am looking forward to sharing more wonderful opportunities with our school like this in the future!
School libraries across Davidson County are celebrating Geography Awareness Week this week and next. The Technology Department and Library Media Services secured the Pacific Rim Giant Traveling Map from National Geographic, and it's making it's rounds through some elementary schools between Nov. 9 and Nov. 20.
Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week (GeoWeek). Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders as part of that year’s activities. Geography Awareness Week is supported by year-long access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists and all geographically minded global citizens.
Some great ideas the #DCSgeo committee shared for celebrating geography:
For more great lesson resources, visit the #DCSgeo smore: https://www.smore.com/vp9z3-geography-awareness-week-dcsgeo
Did you know that November is Picture Book Month? You can check out the official Picture Book Month website here: http://picturebookmonth.com/
Each day celebrates a different author or illustrator or a different topic. You can pull a few books each day to display.
Are you in middle and high school? Think your kids are past picture books? Read this article from School Library Journal by Linda Jacobsen: http://www.slj.com/2015/09/books-media/teachers-find-many-reasons-to-use-picture-books-with-middle-and-high-school-students/#_
How can you celebrate? Pick one or more of the suggestions below. Have your own ideas? Share them in the comments below:
Participating in Picture Book Month supports Standard 4, element C in the evaluation instrument: "SLMC's promote reading as a foundational skill for learning".
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