Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
With so much going on in the Middle East right now, reading Out of Iraq: refugees’ stories in words, paintings and music by Sybella Wilkes (956.7 WiO 2010) made the situation much more real and immediate. These are regular folks who fear for their lives and those of their families and are under constant threat of violence. Their misery and fears are palpable. Most are living as refugees in
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Times are tough. People are out of work. Families are losing their homes. Sometimes, you might not know where your next meal will be coming from or when. But if you’re eating then you are one of the fortunate ones, even if it is beans for dinner, yet again. Yup, it’s the Great Depression of the 1930s though some parts of this scenario might seem more contemporary.
Monday, March 21, 2011
This year theme, Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge, aims to spotlight and encourage governments, organizations, communities, and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenges of urban water management.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Update: I was just sent an additional website from the New York Times showing interactive, before-and after satellite photographs of several coastal areas in Japan affected by the tsunami. Wow! is all I can say. This part of the New York Times efforts to provide resources for teachers teaching about the disasters currently affecting Japan.
Any other resources that you'd recommend? Drop me a line and let me know.
Today is Nonfiction Monday, a round up of blogs focused on nonfiction children's literature. Today's event is at Chapter Book of the Day. Lots of great books to check out.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I’ve just previewed two new and very different picture books that both touch on the creative process.
Monday, March 7, 2011
The Kaavad is a portable wooden shrine used by traditional storytellers…Its many-hinged panels display vibrantly painted scenes from local myths and folktales. The Kaavadiya Bhat narrates the stories, opening up each painted panel as he goes along, pointing at each figure with a peacock feather. Through the stories he reinforces inter-connections within his community and establishes his own space in it.
This book could tie into the Alberta Education social studies curriculum for grades 1 to 3, related to identity, family, community (specifically India, in grade 3). Otherwise, the book could be used for prompting storytelling at the primary grades. Students who are struggling with learning English as a second language may find this book useful, as well.
Thursday, March 3, 2011