Behind the Books: Edublog Awards
Tomorrow is the deadline for this year’s Edublog Awards --http://edublogawards.com/-- nominations, so while I still have time, here are my choices. Each of my picks features sites that can enrich your classroom. Enjoy!
Best Individual Blog: Celebrate Science http://celebratescience.blogspot.com/
Melissa Stewart is the award winning author of more than 100 non-fiction books for children, and her posts are perfect for science centers and any teacher who is trying to implement naturalist notebooks into their weekly routine. For science centers, check out her Fun Friday posts which include science-based word searches, gross and goofy body facts, Readers Theater scripts, and contests. For naturalist notebooks, have your students read her Monday posts about the maple tree in her yard. It’s full of fascinating scientific information, and will help your students learn to be more observant of the natural world around them.
Best Group Blog: I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids) http://www.inkrethink.blogspot.com/ If you’re looking for books for your elementary science and social studies centers, this is the blog to check out. Twenty-two award-winning children’s non-fiction authors post about all aspects of their writing and research. Make sure to click on the Ink Think Tank link. The Ink Think Tank connects books from each of the authors to curriculum standards. This is an invaluable source of information for educators.
Best New Blog: Celebrate Science http://celebratescience.blogspot.com/
You don’t want to miss out on this one! Check out the explanation above to see how this blog will help you celebrate science in your classroom.
Best Teacher Blog: Kate’s Book Blog http://kmessner.livejournal.com/
Kate Messner is a middle school English teacher and the author of three fantastic books (with more on the way). She does an amazing job of integrating technology and education to enrich her creative writing courses. If you’d like to find out how to use Skype to bring authors into your classroom, or want tips on how to help students develop setting, character, and conflicts in their work, browse Ms. Messner’s site.
Next year I hope to be able to nominate an elementary math blog! If you find a great one, let me know. In the meantime, here's a great math website with lots of great games to enrich your classroom: http://www.math-lessons.ca/index.html