Sharing from Pete & C

Pete & C was held this week and there were a number of great resources shared for all content areas and educators. I attempted to compile some of the highlights of sessions offered to share with you. Peruse the resources below and/or check out the main session listings for additional topics and resources. Let me know how I can help you plan to incorporate some of these ideas into your classes!

Participate in ConnectED Classroom Bingo!

Principal Brad Gustafson shared this exciting activity board for the month of February to celebrate “I Love to Read Month,” and I wanted to pass it along to you with the hope that you could plan to complete one or more of the activities on the board! The activities were proposed by various teachers and admin from Brad’s PLN. They incorporate a number of different technologies and can help enhance students’ literacy experiences! Do not be intimidated by the tools listed- if you are interested in one of the literacy activities, please contact me to plan for how we can engage students with the tasks in your classrooms. We can plan for alternate digital tools if the ones listed are unavailable or unfamiliar to you. Make it about the literacy learning, not about the tech component! This is not just for language arts teachers!! As Brad says,

We are striving to facilitate student-centered connections between authors, educators, and classrooms.

Please email me if you’d like to complete an activity (or two or three!) with your students! I will keep a master board and check off completed Elanco activities. Here’s hoping we can call Bingo!

ConnectED Classroom Bingo Game Board link


Supporting literacy with Bookflix!


Through Pennsylvania’s Power Library, your students have access to Scholastic’s online reading/literacy service, BookFlix.

“Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.” Source

There are a number of fiction + related non-fiction book sets for students to view and read. After the fiction story video is viewed and the non-fiction text is read, there are also “puzzlers” that involve students in vocabulary, sequencing, and comprehension practice. Other extensions include “Meet the Author” features and “Explore the Web” which lists content-related websites that students can use to research and learn more about the topics shared in the text selections.

While the books are not marked as certain Lexile levels in the system, you can access the full list of available selections. You can then ask students to access certain title duos based on your knowledge of their literacy needs. Click here to view the list of titles: BookFlixBookListSept2011

When accessed directly through Power Library, no login/username info is required for BookFlix. Students should use Symbaloo to click on the Power Library tile, then scroll down a bit and click on BookFlix under the Children’s Resources or Education headings to access BookFlix. After they click on it, the site will launch, and they can choose to read the featured selections or go through the library to find texts to read.

There are many ways to incorporate the use of BookFlix in the classroom! Consider using it whole-group to share selections that relate to science and social studies content or author studies; ask students to pair together to work through the selections and activities; or use during independent time. Students could write or share highlights from the texts and share what they’ve learned via their blogs or during small or whole group discussions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or your school’s librarian for support with BookFlix!

Introducing OverDrive

overdriveThis post was written by Tim Leister with information shared by Joan Betzner. It’s being shared here for you to learn more about our new OverDrive service! There are many possibilities for use in the elementary classroom, including independent and partner reading, to support small group instruction, and also to use during whole-group literacy experiences if you opt to project the book for students!

OverDrive is a new feature offered through the District Libraries and IU13. Overdrive gives students, teachers, and staff access to thousands of e-books and audiobooks. The e-books can be read on a computer, e-reader, tablet, smart phones, and a variety of other devices. The e-books could easily be projected onto a white board or smart board to share as a class, while students may also enjoy the experience of reading an e-book.

The books offered in the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Digital Library have been selected by a committee of librarians from throughout IU13. Teachers and students can search books by Lexile levels or grade levels, if a book is needed for a particular grade range.

Some may be familiar with Overdrive through the public libraries. When using OverDrive with students, you want to be sure to use the correct link to the IU’s OverDrive Digital Library. The correct log in link is located on both the Garden Spot Student and Teacher Symbaloo Links pages.

This information was provided by Joan Betzner, Elanco Elementary Librarian:


  • Once you access the OverDrive IU Digital Library, if necessary, pull down the menu to get to Eastern Lancaster County. Use your school user name and password.
  • Once you find a title you like, click BORROW. This will open the book in your web browser. You can read it immediately, or wait until later. It is a good idea to save the book in your favorites. Once you close the book, you can open it back in Overdrive by choosing ACCOUNT. This will open your bookshelf.
  • A few things to remember about OverDrive: Each patron is limited to 3 check outs at a time, and most check-outs are for 14 days

Reading on Mobile Devices:

  • There is an Overdrive App for iOS, Android, Nook and Amazon, but this is designed primarily for Public Libraries.
  • To use the App, you’ll need to create an Overdrive user name and password different from the one you use at school. Also, you need to also have a public library card.
  • Once you have logged in you can ADD A LIBRARY. You would choose the IU13 Digital Library, and need to log in again.

For More Information:

Teacher Handout – Educator Resources

OverDrive Marketplace Guide

OverDrive Readers’ Guide

Contact me or the elementary librarians with any questions!

Global Read Aloud 2014

Global Read Aloud: "Making Connections, One Page at a Time"
Global Read Aloud: “Making Connections, One Page at a Time”

I hope you will consider involving your students in this global learning experiences focused on quality authors and works of literature! The Global Read Aloud was created by teacher Pernille Ripp who is an inspirational voice in the edusphere. (Her blog is a must-read!)

This year’s Global Read Aloud authors & titles are as follows:

Author Study: Peter H. Reynolds

Book Titles:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
One For the Murphys by Lyndy Mullaly Hunt
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

To get your classes and/or literature circle groups involved and reading/interacting with other classes, visit the Global Read Aloud Info for 2014 page and the GRA wiki to learn more, and click here to sign up! 

The project begins October 6 and runs through November 14!

Please let me know if your classes or reading groups are participating – I would love to support you through connecting via blogs, Edmodo, or other networks as applicable!


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