Great Stone Face 2013 and 2014

ImageWonder! This was the Great Stone Face Award winner! Wow, this was such an amazing book. I am reading it to grade 4 and we are loving it.

Here are the nominees for 2013-2014:

2013-2014 Nominees

  • Buddy by M.H. Herlong
  • Chained by Lynne Kelly
  • Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank H
  • Freaky Fast Frankie Joe by Lutricia Clifton
  • Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
  • Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver
  • The Golden Door by Emily Rodda
  • Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans
  • Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
  • Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer
  • Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck
  • One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotsen
  • One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • The Power of Poppy Pendle by Natasha Lowe
  • Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood
  • The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley
  • Ship’s Cat Doris by Jane Simmons
  • Ungifted by Gordon Korman
  • The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey Fantasy
  • Wooden Bones by Scott William Carter

I’ve just read Little Dog, Lost and am almost finished with The Prairie Thief. Two excellent choices!

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Fun Activities to do with Excel

http://www.fi.edu/qa97/me4/

http://chandoo.org/wp/2008/08/01/15-fun-things-with-excel/  (although I cannot get the first activity to work where you insert the shapes. I am  using Office 2011 if anyone else figures it out)

http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/facs/conference/S08/Cmpt_Bentley_Excel2007.pdf

http://celia.wikispaces.com/file/view/excelprojects08.pdf

http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1380

http://www.edtechpolicy.org/MICCA2006/Presentations/ExcelDPM.pdf

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/excel_puzzle.htm

QR Codes in Education

Great site for QR codes in school:

5 Real Ways To Use QR Codes In Education

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Bulletin Board Displays

Ok so this isn’t so much about tech or even library. However, if you have bulletin boards to create, you might be interested in this post.

There is a gal in England who runs courses every month or so for a very low fee to teach how to create classroom displays. Her link is here: http://classroomdisplays.org.uk/training/ I am almost done, in the 4th of the five weeks, and although I am no whiz bang, I have learned quite a bit. One source she recommends for nice lettering is Mrs. Pancake. Screen shot 2013-02-05 at 11.42.57 AMThese are so low cost and such nice quality that it is worth mentioning!