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Read, Give, and Share with We Give Books!


I  found a free resource and never put it on this blog. The text following was actually from their site as they want you to copy and paste to your own blogs.  I did use this site when I was still teaching.  It’s a great resource for online books and donates books to worthy causes also!  I loved having sources for good online books that I could have up on the Smartboard where all the kids could see.

We Give Books is a free online library of children’s books that enables your kids to help other children around the world while they’re reading. The best part is, your reading will directly impact the great work of non-profit organizations around the world! Their tagline says it all, “combining the joy of reading with the power of giving.” It’s the perfect tool for parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone who loves children’s books!

When you go to, you’ll be able to read a special selection of books without a We Give Books account, but you have to sign up to access their full library. It’s definitely worth it, though. It’s just a quick form, and once you’re signed up, you’ll have access to over 150 quality children’s books! There are a lot of familiar classic titles, and even more new ones for us to discover. You can sort the books by age level, genre, author, and seasonal selections in the “Featured” section, so everyone can find something they like.

On the Causes page you can learn more about where your donated books are going. This fall, We Give Books is focusing on early childhood literacy across the United States and supporting great causes like Jumpstart for young children. In the winter, you’ll be able to read to support global literacy and give books to non-profits like Room to Read. They also give you the option to donate to help your book donations reach even more children.

We Give Books is a program of the Pearson Foundation and Penguin Group. Penguin works with its authors to provide an outstanding selection of online books while the Pearson Foundation donates print books to charity partners. We Give Books is a great way to get your children excited about reading and to teach them about the importance of helping others.


SmartBoard Resource Site


Teacher workshop starts tomorrow and this year’s start is so different than the last three.  I’d forgotten how hard it is to prep a classroom especially when all your stuff is at home! I’ve already been in most days last week doing reading assessments and unpacking but am taking some time right to do some looking over some of my bookmarked web resources.  I refound a terrific wikki with lots of information and resources for the SmartBoard.  I’ve been concentrating on Smartboard math over the summer because I’m creating all the 1st grade lessons for our new math curriculum in Notebook for the district 1st grade teachers.  I’ve had this wikki bookmarked for a while but haven’t done much exploring around.  I think I’ll do that before school starts.

Clipart source


Just found this site that might just be another place to look when you can’t find the clipart that you want to use. Open Clip Art Library has thousands of images to download. May not be suitable for students to search but teachers could download some of the collections and pick and choose what to make available to students.  just another image site because we can never have enough clipart, pictures, and graphics to use in projects! 🙂

Using BeFunky with 5th Graders


My 4 5th grade classes had a ball with the photo efects available for free on BeFunky.  We spent one class session doing crazy things with pictures! First they took one regular picture of themselves using Photo Booth.  They uploaded the picture to BeFunky, played around with the effects, and then saved it back to a folder I’d set up on the server. The next class session I wanted them to learn about using the Publishing layout view in word, not terribly exciting of course but with the opportunity to add the pictures they’d created they loved it and practiced using text boxes, inserting pictures and using Word Art to create a page layout. So….what do you think of my new portrait?

You could get lost here for days!!!


You really could get lost on this site for days!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen more links on one page ever.  The picture to the left is just a small portion from the top of their page. Most are for resources that woud be good for use on an interactive board. They’ve got Smart downloads, math links, science, social studies, language arts, music and most are links to other sites with multiple links. Start at this page for a resource and use it for getting you to another resource that will fit your subject.  Just remember to leave a trail of bread crumbs or we may not see you for a while.