Welcome to the John Paul II Catholic School Library Page

Ms. Lamb ~ Librarian ~ Happy Reading

Quick Look at items on the JPII Library Page

NEW ITEM - Sainthood

Summer Reading Program 2014 - 2015

What do good readers do?

Suggested Reference Books for Home Use

Study Skills TOP TIPS

Library Cards

Other Library Links

Subscription Databases

Study Skills

Caldecott Medal Books

Newbery Medal Books

Help! Library and Information Searching Skills

Copyright ~ Plagiarism ~ Responsibility

Citation ~ Bibliography ~ Examples

Evaluating the Internet ~ AAOCC

Useful Links By Catagory

NEW ITEM - RUBRIC for 8th Grade Poster

Article by Notre Dame Professor and Priest regarding becoming a saint

http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0136.html

SUMMER READING PROGRAM  2014 - 2015  (NEW)

 SUMMER READING PROGRAM   2014 - 2015    John Paul II Catholic School

 

                    Summer reading is an important part of the educational growth of boys and girls.  This reading should include pleasure reading and some materials that challenge students as well.  The purpose of our summer reading program is to keep students reading, particularly the required selections(s).  Required reading books are to be read at any time during the summer.  A brief revisit to these books would be in order just before school starts in August.  Teachers use these books as the lesson material for the first few weeks of school with projects that are tied to plot, characters, setting, and more of the chosen  books. It is highly recommended that students have their own copy of the required book(s) for this purpose.

                    Additionally, the summer reading program has a suggested list from two areas.  The first list is, HAISLN (Houston Area Independent School Library Network) which includes books with various reading levels, a variety of literature genres, and nonfiction too. The HAISLN lists are available as a link on the library page of the John Paul II Catholic School Website (Library Page) or here at the following link for your convenience http://www.haisln.org/recommendedreadinglists.html.

                    New this year, we want to include a second list of classics and books of a Catholic nature.  With this new goal in mind, we want to adjust the manner of selecting the suggested books.  All students in grade 2 and higher are asked to read required 2 books along with 4 books from the Haisln Lists (3 for middle school) plus 1 from the lists below that are geared for the Catholic Faith.

 

http://www.catholic.org/news/hf/faith/story.php?id=46702

http://www.ignatius.com/ 

http://www.holyheroes.com/Catholic-Books-s/68.htm

 

Many of these books may be already in your family library or available at local book stores.  We are striving to focus on the moral values and teaching of the church through the selection of these types of books as quality reading choices for our children. Links with lists of Caldecott Award books for younger students and Newbery Award books for middle school students are available on the John Paul II Catholic School Library webpage. Encourage your students and take the time to rediscover as a family, favorite childhood books. Additionally, many of the public libraries offer summer activities for all age readers as well. Enjoy this valuable time reading with your child. Read every day!                          Happy Reading ~ Ms. Lamb

 

To recap the changes

Pre-K, K, and 1st - recommended 1 book plus any suggested books from Haisln and Catholic lists

2nd – required 2 books plus 3 books from Haisln and 1 book from Catholic lists

3rd through 5th – required 2 books plus 4 books from Haisln and 1 book from Catholic lists

Middle School – 2 required books plus 3 books from Haisln and 1 book from Catholic lists

 

You will find a log sheet at the end of the list for your convenience.

 

Required Reading Books

Students Entering Pre K, Kindergarten, and First Grade in Fall of 2014

We recognize that entering preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students may not be reading fluently.  Children at these tender ages have a unique level of skills regarding the ability to read.   Even the memorizations of familiar stories are good “pre-reading” skills.  Ideally, parents should encourage continuous reading with their younger children of everything from recipes with parents cooking in the kitchen, package labels at the grocery store, as well as prayers and Bible verses while in church, and traditional story time at home with their younger children.  Other books listed on the HAISLN link, Caldecott Award Books link, and children's magazines such as Cricket, Highlights, Zoobooks, numerous others are well suited to young and emergent readers along with the “Catholic” books will offer a well-rounded selection of titles.

 

Suggested books on the HAISLN website

http://www.haisln.org/recommendedreadinglists.html        

 

Suggested books on “Catholic lists” websites

http://www.catholic.org/news/hf/faith/story.php?id=46702

http://www.ignatius.com/ 

http://www.holyheroes.com/Catholic-Books-s/68.htm

 

Students entering Pre-K in Fall of 2014

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is recommended as a read along book with your pre-K child.  Also, any books suggested from the HAISLN list or the Catholic lists, are suitable.

 

Students entering Kindergarten in Fall of 2014

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. is recommended as a read along book with your kindergarten child.  Also, any books suggested from the HAISLN list or the Catholic lists, are suitable.

 

Students entering 1st Grade in Fall of 2014

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes is recommended as a read along book with your first grade child.  Also, any books suggested from the HAISLN list or the Catholic lists, are suitable.  

 

Students entering 2nd Grade in Fall of 2014 ~ Required 2 books plus any 3 books from suggested list by HAISLN and 1 book from the Catholic lists.

Magic Tree House No. 1 -  Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

 

Students entering 3rd Grade in Fall of 2014 ~ Required 2 books below, plus any 4 books from suggested list by HAISLN and 1 book from the Catholic lists.

Any one of the “Who WAS…” Biographies by Grosset and Dunlap

Frecklejuice by Judy Blume

 

Students entering 4th Grade in Fall of 2014~ Required 2 books below, plus any 4 book from suggested list by HAISLN and 1 book from the Catholic lists.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

 

Students entering 5th Grade in Fall of 2014 ~ Required 2 books below, plus any 4 books from suggested list by HAISLN and 1 book  from the Catholic lists.

Kingdom Keepers Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

 

Students entering 6th Grade in Fall of 2014 ~ Required 2 books below, plus 3 books from suggested list by HAISLN and 1 book from the Catholic lists.

Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli

Loser by Jerry Spinelli

 

Students entering 7th Grade in Fall of 2014 ~ Required 2 books below, plus 3 books from suggested list by HAISLNand 1 book from the Catholic lists.  

Chains by Laure Halse Anderson

Wonder by R J Palacio

 

Students entering 8th Grade in Fall of 2014~ Required 2 books below, plus 3 books from suggested list by HAISLN and 1 book from the Catholic lists.

Read - Ingri and Parin D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths

And Read any one of the following titles about the American Revolution

My Brother Sam is Dead by James and Chris Collier

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

April Morning by Howard Fast

Time Enough for Drums by Ann Rinaldi

Cast Two Shadows by Ann Rinaldi

The Fifth of March by Ann Rinaldi

 

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What do good readers do?    

 Good readers

 

What types of things should we think about and write about when we are reading.

Key ideas

  Characters

  Motivation that seems to make the character act a certain way

  Plot – beginning, middle, end – “what comes next”

  Setting

  Opinion versus fact

  Diction/Phrasing/Vocabulary

  Questions you may have

  Predictions

  Make connections to things we already know

  Reviewing and Summarizing

Writing about each story:  main ideas, character descriptions, vocabulary, etc.

 Happy Reading!

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Suggested Reference Books for Home Use

All homes should have age appropriate reference books for students here are some suggestions:

Dictionaries ~ Macmillan, American Heritage, and Webster’s 10th or 11th editions

Atlases ~ Hammond, DK, Rand McNally

Almanac ~ World Almanac, Time, Information Please

Thesaurus ~ Roget’s 21st edition Note, that this should be in Dictionary format for ease of use

Encyclopedia ~ Print copy or CD Rom are suitable several are available online as well. World Book, Encarta, Comptons, and others

 

STUDY SKILLS (SSK) TOP TIPS

Use Theta Scans at night just before sleep.  This valuable time is when the brain converts short term memory items into long term.  

Use your planner.  A calendar is vital to stay on target with short term and long term assignments.  During family time, have all members of the family compare their calendars and planners with school, family, and extracurricular activities.   Create a school supplies kit

Car Kit and Home KITS are great and can help parents avoid last moment trips to the store and waisted time waiting in the car for the next activity.  Include items such as:

    Pens, pencils, map pencils, glue stick, tape, scissors (rounded not sharp), sharpener, eraser, sharpie, ruler, protractor, compass, paper [plain and ruled] , graph paper, construction paper.

Home Kit (remember this is for homework not the usual crafts) A laundry basket, box, or tote will easily hold all of these except the poster board (under the sofa or bed are ideal for poster storage).

        Pens, pencils, map pencils, markers, glue sticks, tape, scissors, sharpener, eraser, sharpie, ruler, protractor, compass, paper [plain and ruled] , graph paper, construction paper, poster paper [several sheets and a couple of colors], a few old newspapers, a few magazines for picture and cutting out,  a couple of paper towel and toilet paper tubes, a paper bag or two, pipe cleaners, reinforcements, paper clips, stapler and staples, etc.

Library Cards

All students should have a public library card, usually at little or no cost. If you have questions about local public libraries or library cards, contact your local library or Ms. Lamb.

Other Library Links

The public libraries in the Houston and surrounding areas have many programs that benefit all ages.  Links below can lead you to more information for the public library near you.  If  you have more questions, please ask Ms. Lamb for more assistance.

Houston Public Library 

Harris County Public Library

Fort Bend County Public Library

HAISLN Website reading lists   http://www.haisln.org/recommendedreadinglists.html

Subscription Databases

John Paul II Catholic School Subscription Electronic Database Information ~ Please contact Ms. Lamb or Mrs. Raymond for the usernames and passwords.

EBSCO URL: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=cookie,uid

Britannica School URL: http://school.eb.com

Britannica Expanol URL: Http://spanish.eb.com

Facts on File URL : http://www.fofweb.com

Study Skills

Parents - Students will be graded on knowing content of Study Skills Program Materials. You can help your students by being proactive. Encourage and ask your child about study skills learned and how each skill can help them be more successful at school and at home.

                                        

SCORER: How to take a test.

Schedule your time.

Clue words-find them in the directions or questions and circle them.

Omit difficult questions first around.

Read directions and questions carefully.

Estimate answers.

Review entire test before turning in.

SLOWER: How to write essays and research papers.

Select a topic you can handle.

List ideas about your topic.

Order your ideas.

Write a first draft.

Examine draft for errors.

Revise before turning in final copy.

Pages - replacing(SQ3R):  How to read a textbook and remember the information

Preview - prescan book or chapter, create a content map

Ask- ask your own questions, what are the author's questions

Gather - read the materials

Expand - add to your content map as you are reading

Study SSDR see say do review - look over, recite, review material and circuit learning by repeading this until you have mastered the content

LISAN : How to listen and take notes in class.

Lead by reading assignme coming to class.

Ideas-find main ideas in the lecture and take notes, also find answers to own ideas/ questions from reading ahead.

Signals-watch for them in class lectures.

Active listener-ask and answer questions participate.

Notes-take them, organize, and review daily.

MEMORY SKILLS : How to memorize information.

Focus your attention on what you want to remember

Recite -read it, say, write it, be active with it.

Build vivid mental pictures.

Associate the idea to be memorized with something else.

Develop a positive attitude toward memory tasks.

ORGANIZATION SKILLS : How to organize time, lockers, notebooks, homework areas, and assignment books.  

IMPROVING READING ABILITY : How to improve reading ability by improving reading speed, comprehension and vocabulary. Reading daily boosts our reading abilities.  

Caldecott Medal

This medal is awarded by the American Library Association to the artist for distinguished contribution of artistry in an American picture book for children. Go HERE to see the winners. If the link is not working, copy and past this URL in your browser to view the list. http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal.cfm

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal is awarded by the American Library Association to an author for a distinguished contribution to American Literature for children. Go HERE to see the winners. If the link is not working, copy and past this URL in your browser to view the list.

http://ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/literaryawds/newberymedal/newberymedal.cfm

Help! I need some information and I do not know what to do first?

We use information everyday.  Skill in searching can yield fast results. Our goal is to find the information we want, find it quickly, make sure it is accurate, and make sure it fits our need. The links listed have been grouped together to aid you in your search for information. Use the tips to help you begin to think a little about your topic. Brainstorming is vital! Gather your materials and jot down your brainstorming ideas.

1. Before we get started, let's talk about the information you are looking for, at this time?

2. What is the nature of the information you are seeking? Fun? Facts? Research?

3. Do you need a primary source or a secondary source, or does is matter?

4. How do you create the following: a citation, a bibliography, or works cited pages

5. Where do I go for information? Library? Internet? Experts? Reference books?

...Now Let's Get Started.....

Copyright ~ Plagiarism ~ Responsibility ~ Examples

It is our job as adults to help students understand about intellectual property. Using the words, pictures, music, etcetera of others is protected by law. Copying is wrong. We teach students to understand the difference between paraphrasing and quoting while using proper citation strategies. We appreciate your cooperation with this important personal character responsibility.

What are MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association),and Chicago Manual of Style? And what are the differences? These are style guides. These are the three reference sources (both print and online) that aid students of all ages in preparing a properly formatted bibliography, works cited, or reference list for a report or research project. Here at school we use MLA or a modified version of this style guide.

 

Citations, examples, and helpers

Duke University Citation age

http://www.lib.duke.edu/libguide/cite/works_cited.htm

Citation Machine

http://www.citationmachine.net

OSLIS Citation Generator

http://www.oslis.k12.or.us/citeintro/citeintro.php?Grd=Sec

Writing Guide Purdue University Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/677/01/

OWL has a Modern Language Association (MLS) writing and style guide with more examples

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/01/

Duke University Library also has a valuable link with information about creating citations

http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/workscited/

Website for creating a bibliography (some free)

www.easybib.com

Lone Star College Kingwood Library

http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/mlastyle.htm

University of California at Berkeley Library Page

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/mla.html

 

Citations Styles

http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi/Resources/Reference/Citation_Styles.html

Evaluating the Internet AAOCC

Can you use information out on the open Internet? Yes, but please remember...

• ANYONE can put ANYTHING on the Internet

• Just because something is on the Internet does NOT make it accurate or a good source for research

• Website creators can be biased and prejudice or just not have a good site.

Here are some guidelines to help students understand how to evaluate a website for appropriateness. The below information is adapted from "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly:

or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources" by Susan E. Beck at http://lib.nmsu.edu/instruction/evalc

1. "Authority" ~ Are the creators, specialists like doctors, park ranges, or teachers that are considered experts in their field?

2. "Accuracy" ~ Is the site accurate, are the facts correct? Use the RULE of 3. If you see a fact, check it in 2 other known superior places, if you find the same answer, you are probably safe.

 

3. "Objectivity" ~ Do the creators of the site take the time to present all sides of a topic? … Or do they list some positive and some negative information leading you to believe that they have "thought through" with purpose?

4. "Currency" ~ How often is the website updated? Consider the use of newer and better,Yearly, Quarterly, Monthly  information on the Internet.

5. "Coverage" ~ Does the website provide a large amount of solid information, for a variety of sources, with rare errors, no spelling or typographical errors, and logical format not just a few opinions? Site has more information (Robust) versus less (wimpy).

Excellent Resources

Below are Links for all subjects Enjoy!  Rigorous attempts are made to check links often, however if you find a broken link, please notify Ms. Lamb right away.  

Dictionaries ~ Thesauri ~ Acronyms/Abbreviations ~ Encyclopedias

Dictionary.com

http://dictionary.com

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

Yahoo Dictionaries

http://yahoo.com/Reference/Dictionaries/

Encyberpedia Dictionary and Glossary

http://www.encyberpedia.com/glossary.htm

Merriam Webster Dictionary

http://m-w.com

Dictionaries and Translators

http://translation.babylon.com/english/to-spanish/

Little Explorers Picture Dictionary with Links

http://enchantedlearning.com/Dictionary.html

American Sign Language Dictionary

http://www.masterstech-home.com/ASLDict.html

Rhyming Dictionary

http://www.rhymer.com/

Roget’s Thesaurus

http://humanities.uchicago.edu/orgs/ARTFL/forms_unrest/ROGET.html

Acronym Finder

http://www.acronymfinder.com/

Abbreviationz

http://www.stands4.com/

Just for fun ~ The Completely Unofficial Star Wars Encyclopedia

http://www.theforce.net/swenc/

Encarta

http://encarta.msn.com/Default.aspx

My Virtual Encyclopedia

http://www.refdesk.com/myency.html

Columbia Encyclopedia

http://www.bartleby.com/65/

Encyclopedia.com

http://encyclopedia.com/

Catholic Resources

Catholic Encyclopedia

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/

The Holy See

http://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm

Catholic Saints

http://www.catholic.org/saints/

Liturgical Information

http://www.catholicliturgy.com/

New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/

EWTN Global Catholic Network

http://www.ewtn.com/

Benzinger Presents Resources for Catholics

http://www.faithfirst.com/

Archdiocese of Galveston Houston

http://www.diogh.org/

Library of Congress

Library of Congress home page with links for families, teachers, and librarians

http://www.loc.gov/index.html

 

Newpapers ~ Magazines

Wall Street Journal

http://wsj.com/

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/

USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com

Dallas Morning News

http://dallasnews.com/

Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/

My Virtual Newspaper

http://refdesk.com/paper.html

Time Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/

Life Online

http://pathfinder.com/Life/lifehome.html

Scientific American

http://www.sciam.com

Handbooks ~ Almanacs ~ Calendars

Familiar Quotations

http://www.bartleby.com/100/

The 50 states, their capitals, and other useful information

http://www.50states.com/

Baseball Almanac

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/

Old Farmers Almanac

http://almanac.com/

Fact Monster Almanac

http://www.factmonster.com/

On This Day

http://www.on-this-day.com

The Earth Calendar

http://www.earthcalendar.net 

 

Biographical Resources (People)

Biography

http://www.biography.com

The History Channel

http://www.historychannel.com

Nobel Prize Internet Archive

http://www.almaz.com/nobel/nobel.html

Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead

http://www.whosaliveandwhosdead.com/

NASA Astronaut Biographies

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/

American Presidents: Life Portraits

http://www.americanpresidents.org/

House Directory ~ U.S. House of Representatives

http://clerk.house.gov/

Senate Directory ~ U. S. Senate

http://www.senate.gov or http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp

 

Library Spot

http://libraryspot.com/biographies/

Texas

For mature students

Famous Texans

http://www.famoustexans.com/

The Handbook of Texas Online

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online

Geographical Resources (Places)

Geography Galaxy

http://www.galaxy.com/galaxy/Social-Sciences/Geography.html

Library of Congress Map Collection

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html

National Geographic Map Machine

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps/

Atlapedia

http://www.atlapedia.com/

WorldAtlas.com

http://www.graphicmaps.com/aatlas/world.htm 

 

Rand McNally the famous map and globe company

http://www.randmcnally.com

Science  

Renown resource for kids and families

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com

Science and the world around ~ all ages

www.exploringnature.org 

NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration Site

http://www.nasa.gov/ 

Science Kids

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

 

Kids.gov

http://kids.usa.gov/science/

Kids Science and Craft activities

http://www.creativekidsathome.com/kids_science.html

Math

http://www.kidsites.com/sites-edu/math.htm

 

http://www.mathplayground.com/

 

http://www.funbrain.com/

 

Great educational websites for multiple subjects for students and adults

http://www.awesomelibrary.org/

 

http://www.deweybrowse.org/Teacher_Resources.html

 

Authors

http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/authors.html

 

Physical Education

http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/pe/contents.htm

 

http://www.kidsrunning.com/

 

Fine Arts (Music, Art, Dance)

http://www.dsokids.com/default.aspx   for kids and teachers (music)

 

http://www.playmusic.org/  (dedicated to the symphony and its instruments)

 

http://www.kidsites.com/sites-edu/art.htm   (art)

 

http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm (art)

 

http://42explore.com/dance.htm   (dance)

 

http://www.pecentral.org/websites/dancesites.html  (dance)

 

Resources for Families

College and University Ratings and Reviews

www.educationindex.com 

Public Broadcasting Station ~ schedule of shows and information about programing

http://pbs.org

Information about authors with photos (some free)

www.authors4teens.com

All subjects General and Fun Stuff

www.kidsclick.org

 

Social studies websites for students

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/

 

http://www.csun.edu/~hcedu013/onlineactivities.html

 

Resources for Teachers

Technology links for teachers

http://connectededucators.org/     great place to start or relearn about up to date tech topics and how you can be connected to other educators - ~recommended!

Social studies websites for teachers

http://www.sldirectory.com/teachf/socsci.html

 

http://www.csun.edu/~hcedu013/plans.html

 

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/history/histg.html

 

http://www.indiana.edu/~socialst/

 

Art Resources

http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/educational_technology/internet_in_class/students/arts/ 

 

Books, Activities, and Reading lists from all 50 states

www.teachingbooks.net

Teaching resources and ideas for Preschool Instructors

www.preschoolrainbow.org

Information and activities related to ART

www.brightring.com

Curriculum ideas for most K-12 content areas with an emphasis on Science and NOVA programming

www.teachersdomain.org

International Reading Association site ideal for Language Arts Teachers

www.readwritethink.org

George Lucas Educational Foundation for Teachers and Learning

www.edutopia.org

Safe and appropriate videos for classrooms

www.teachertube.com

K - 12 Science Teachers

http://www.science-teachers.com/

 

PE for teachers

http://www.pecentral.org/index.html

 

Lesson Plans and other teacher resources

 

http://www.thinkfinity.org/

 

http://teachers.net/

 

http://www.shmoop.com/

 

http://www.teach-nology.com/

 

http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/

 

http://www.teachade.com/

 

http://www.cybraryman.com/

 

http://edhelper.com/

 

https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dsmbwsb_23c7d9rffj&interval=5

Library page updated April 10, 2014 ~ Ms. Lamb