Monday, February 22, 2016

Is Pluto a Planet?

Starting this week, I will be teaching 6th grade science classes all about Pluto.  Students will be able to define a planet and a dwarf planet.  They will also be able to explain why Pluto is no longer considered a planet.

We are learning all of this information with the help of some really interesting websites.  The students are looking at Is Pluto a Planet? a website lesson created by Science Links.  Included in the lesson is a slideshow as well as a fascinating video featuring Professor Mike Brown.

The culminating activity is from Smithsonian Education and puts our solar system in perspective using Google Maps.  Try it out HERE  Finally, the students are looking at NASA's New Horizons space mission to study Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Today is Digital Learning Day!

This week is digital learning week and today is designated as Alabama's Digital Learning Day.  So why not bridge that digital divide and check out an e-book from our Overdrive library?  We have tons of great e-books and audio books just waiting for you to check them out.

Why not take today to try something new!  Learn a new digital skill.  Play with that app you've been wanting to try.  Use your social media for something other than being "social."  Read an article on twitter.  Follow National Geographic on Instagram.  Or watch a Ted Talk on a cool topic.

There are so many awesome digital literacies to explore today.  Don't forget to be a good digitial citizen but go out there and try something new.  You might make an impact on the world!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Darkness into Life Holocaust Exhibit in the HMS Library

 Thanks to the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center and Mrs. Darby Baird, the library has an extensive mobile exhibit on loan.  This exhibit features Holocaust survivors from here in Alabama  and their personal stories.  Our 6th graders study the Holocaust as part of their Social Studies curriculum but all of our HMS students, parents and the Homewood community are invited to stop by and see this powerful reminder of a terrible time in our history. We must keep this painful reminder in the forefront so that history does not repeat itself.

The exhibit will be in the library through February 19th.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Black History Month

February is designated as Black History Month or African American History Month. This month celebrates the achievements of African Americans in the United States.  I didn't know very much about the origins of this month so I decided to do a little research.  I found out some very interesting facts.  Check out these two sources so you can learn about this special month too!

Library of Congress

 History Channel

Make sure you stop by the library to look at all of the books on display for this celebration of African Americans.