September is Library Card Sign-up Month. The American Library Association have a collection of promotional resources (like the image on the right) that you can use to encourage students and families to sign up for a library card, check out some books and start reading.
Be sure to check out the bookmark and posters. Challenge students to add some items to the list of 60 Ways to Use Your Library Card Slideshow, and have students ask the school principal or the district superintendent to sign a National Library Card Sign-Up Month Proclamation. Looking for more back-to-school literacy activities? Just keep reading!
- Working with tablets this fall? Explore the many subject-specific apps from the Thinkinfinity partners.
- Get ready to go back to school! We have booklists, community-building activities, and free online resources. And if that’s not enough, get your brain buzzing with fresh new ideas from Thinkfinity back to school resources.
- Organize by the Letters! Use our updated Alphabet Organizer tool.
- Deepen your students’ understanding of civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy through Thinkfinity’s Constitution Day resources. Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17, 2013.
- Connect. Get Energized. (Re) Invent Your Future! Register now for the 2013 NCTE Annual Convention.
From the Calendar
- August 26: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920. A representative from the local chapter of the League of Women Voters is invited to talk to students about voting rights and what they can do to be active in politics.(For grades 5–8)
- August 28: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. Students explore the “I Have a Dream” Foundation’s website and brainstorm ways they can help themselves or others at their school achieve their educational dreams. (For grades 7–12)
- August 29: Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery-winning verse novel Out of the Dust, was born in 1952. Students write original short works of historical fiction in verse format, modeling the style Hesse used to write Out of the Dust. (For grades 7–12)
- August 30: Caldecott Medal-winner Virginia Lee Burton was born on this day in 1909. Students discuss similarities in Burton's illustrations and writing style in her many books, in addition to her use of personification. (For grades 3–12)
- September 1: Library Card Sign-up Month begins today. A school or public library librarian is invited to visit the classroom to talk to the students about the advantages of having a library card. Students then take a library tour to acquaint them with the general features and resources available. (For grades K–6)
- In September, find lesson plans and activities on International Literacy Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, Banned Books Week, author birthdays, and more!
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