Friday, September 23, 2016

20 Music, Making, Reading & Research Resources For Your Students & The Harmony Project!

As students around the world create projects for the Give A Shout Out To Your Community Harmony Project, they will need resources to make things happen.

We have brought together 20 music, making and research resources for your students to use with this project and more!

You can find these resources on the brand new Community Harmony Project Symbaloo here.
Our friends at Capstone have given us TWO amazing resources to use as our students research and learn all about their community and others around the world.
 First, they have brought together almost 100 eBooks in Capstone Interactive!
Including several from Cantata Learning with stories and songs!
Second, Capstone has made their amazing database PebbleGo available for our students... 
as they research communities, occupations and other things that tie into this project and beyond.  
You and your students can enjoy these free books and songs now through November 30, 2016.

You can get to this amazing opportunity here.
On the Symbaloo, I have also included several Symbaloo's that include ALL of the Cantata Learning songs.

You can get to these from the Cantata Learning website, but also the four Symbaloo's I have created for each season.  Go to the tile pictured above that says Listen To Cantata Songs
This will take you to the Cantata Learning Fall 2016 Symbaloo. 
At the bottom you will find the other three seasons too.
I also added several digital tools to create beautiful community projects. including Buncee, Flipsnack, Canva, Smore, Flipgrid and Storybird.  
And last, but not least, there are 6 fun places to create music....including MusiQuest, an awesome new app!
At the top, you will find the Project Details and a place to Join The Project if you haven't already done so. 

Feel free to share this with everyone....and ask them to join our project!  It is going to be really powerful to see, read and listen to all of the community stories from around the world. 

Give A Shout Out To Your Community too!  

Time Is Running Out.... Get Involved In the Bloomz Referral Program For A Gift For Your Library & Classroom!

Our friends at Bloomz are doing something fun to kick off the new school year!  
                              
They are giving us to the chance to win a little gift for our libraries and classrooms with the Bloomz Referral Program! 
 It is very simple...

We share Bloomz with other teachers.  They sign up for Bloomz too.  For every 5 teachers who sign up, we get a $5.00 Amazon card!  

And we can get up to $500!

This is how you do it....
 With the app (the directions are above in the image) and...
 ...through social media on your Facebook or Twitter profiles.

If you are not signed up for Bloomz yet, sign up here and then you can get started with the referral program too!

Celebrate Star Wars Reads With A Little Making This Year!

We love Star Wars in our house.  The stories, characters and movies are the best and keep us excited and coming back for more.  

There is a day dedicated to Star Wars and ties in another one of our favorite things....Reading!  

It is called Star Wars Reads!  
As the site says, 

Star Wars Reads, a celebration of Star Wars and reading, is set to return for its fifth year with a month-long campaign throughout October.  Storytelling events and activities, including author signings, readings, and games are planned for bookstores, libraries and schools across the globe. 

Last year Hagan and I celebrated at our local book store and in years past we loved celebrating in our school library too. There are so many awesome ways to tie Star Wars to reading, writing and even history and science.  
And this year, the sponsors have brought together some very fun and engaging creative activities that will engage our makers on Star Wars Reads Day too.  
When you go to the Star Wars Reads website, look at the bottom of the page to find the Star Wars Reads 2016 Printable Activity Kit.  

I just love what the different activities they have included this year.
There are several like this one for Bith Band Spoon Puppets, 
Master Yoda Stick Puppet, 
 Make Your Own Lightsaber and...
 Star Wars Finger Puppets.  

These can be created with simple, inexpensive materials and are fun to pair with all of the Star Wars book our kids love.

At the bottom of each activity, you will find the different Star Wars books these connect with too.
 You can also have your students be creative with writing with several of the activities like this one...Star Wars Mad Libs.  
Check out the Star Wars Reads Facebook page for more ideas and....
 there are loads of Star Wars Crafts on Pinterest too.

Have fun celebrating Star Wars Reads and may the force be with you!