Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Freebies, Doodads and Helpful Hints

from Library Sparks April 2014

1.  April is Math Awareness Month, so here is a list of books to share with your kids:
     Actual Size, by Steve Jenkins, Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
     The Grapes of Math, by Greg Tang, Scholastic Press, 2001.
     How Much is a Million?, by David A. Schwartz.  HarperCollins, 2004.
     Marvelous Math, A Book of Poems, by Lee Bennett Hopkins.  Simon & Schuster, Books
     for Children, 2001

2.  Word Clouds for Kids:  "A word cloud is a graphical representation of word frequency," states, at  This fun site has a free word cloud generator that is easy to use.  Students can change the color, layout, and font of their word clouds and then save or print them out.

3.  Book Series Match -  What are your student's favorite series?  Print the Book Series Match sheet at  Distribute one to each pair of students in your group.  Have them work together to match the characters to their series.

4.  April is Poetry Month Bulletin Board -  Create a word cloud-style bulletin board to celebrate Poetry Month.  Cover the board with any color paper, and write poetry forms, words related to poetry, or names of poets in different sizes and in different directions.  For a different effect, cover the board with black paper and use fluorescent-colored chalk or letters.

5.  Origami Yoda Activities - if you have fans of the Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger, the following websites will be of interest for planning activities or for paper-folding directions.

Origami Yoda.  Includes paper-foling direction.  Students can submit paper fold; adults can sign up for Angleberger's newsletter.

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett:  An Origami Yoda Activity Kit.  

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee:  An Origami Yoda Activity Kit.

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