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What's the Word?

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Magazines are a saving grace on a plane, the audience can be for all ages and there's one out there for everyone.  In my library magazines are undervalued and slow to circulate, so to promote magazine literature I'm starting an online magazine with some Gr. 4 & Gr. 5 students in an after school program.

To begin the kids will need to explore some online magazines like Amazing Kids Magazine, National Geographic for Kids, Boys Life and Sports Illustrated for Kids which I have linked on my library website.  While they are exploring I will pose some guiding questions: which articles did you find interesting, what features were helpful and who is the audience for the magazine. Once we discuss their findings our publication will gain a name and an aim for the audience.

Planning is key and it will need to be soemthing the kids do, is think ahead about how to plan to write an article. They will be required to have some form of plan: a scribbled brainstorm, a picture on the iPad, a l…

Back to Life, Back to Reality

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Back to school is a time to change gears and sometimes habits, both for adults and students.

At home, I have my own emergent reader to act as a guinea pig for new resources and strategies. In addition to the suggestions on the infographic, there's also the 'device'. With the online literacy being here to stay as educators we have an obligation to support our learners in how to read devices, it is a different skill set.

And just like when reading books, it should be done and aloud and together. Modelling is a great piece. Luckily, there's a fun variety of options to guide parents to viewing, like Tumble books which has different audio options and also highlights text. Just books aloud sorts popular titles into a wide range of categories for easy browsing. Want to support EAL students then Unite for Literacy offers different languages.

Another avenue are eBooks. Our library has some interactive eBooks that are great when viewed on computers or laptops. Other eBooks can be r…