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Bingo! Using Environmental Print to Practice Reading

By playing this form of Bingo, emerging readers in kindergarten and first grade are encouraged to practice their reading skills using a variety of environmental print materials.

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Biography Reference Bank (EBSCO)

Articles, most in full text, about more than a half-million people from around the world.

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Biology: Cell Structure and Functions HyperDoc Lesson Plan

This lesson for high school biology, which integrates best practices for reading digital text, and supports the Science, Technology, and ELA Reading Informational Text standards, uses the HyperDoc format. HyperDocs are interactive Google Docs that foster student creativity and collaboration in a blended learning environment. They are designed to help students make the most of inquiry-based learning. Find the accompanying Teacher Guide here. December 2017.

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Biology: Cell Structure and Functions HyperDoc Lesson Plan Teacher Guide

This Teacher Guide for the Biology: Cell Structure and Functions HyperDoc Lesson Plan includes standards, teacher tips, previous knowledge and more. The lesson, which integrates best practices for reading digital text, and supports the Science, Technology, and ELA Reading Informational Text standards, uses the HyperDoc format. HyperDocs are interactive Google Docs that foster student creativity and collaboration in a blended learning environment. They are designed to help students make the most of inquiry-based learning. Find the accompanying Student Lesson Plan here. December 2017.

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Black History Month (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on black history month includes websites, book lists, and teaching resources for Black History month and paying tribute to generations of African Americans.

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Blended Learning (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on blended learning includes links to infographics, articles and websites that explain how to combine traditional face-to-face classroom instruction with online delivery of digital content and instruction.

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Blended Learning Mixes It Up

This article from Education Week discusses blended learning models in school systems that combine online instruction and face-to-face learning.  

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Blended Learning: A Disruption That Has Found Its Time

This article from Leadership discusses how blended learning uses different modes of delivery, models of teaching and styles of learning to help educators reinvent teaching and learning.

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Blended Learning: Making It Work in Your Classroom

Describes how P.K. Younger Development Research School took a schoolwide approach to integrating digital content as part of their instructional framework. 

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BLS Career Information

This site from the Bureau of Labor Statistics aligns with its Occupational Outlook Handbook and includes a Teacher's Guide. 

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Book Buddy Biographies: Intermediate and Primary Students Working Together

In this lesson, students will plan, write, illustrate and edit a biography for their book buddies and strengthen computer/writing skills by communicating with their buddies using e-mail.

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Book Cover Creator

This online activity lets students type and illustrate front and back book covers and full dust jackets.

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Book Nook

Explore, share and create video book trailers for your favorite books!

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Book Nook: Easy as 1, 2, 3!

A color 1-sided 8 1/2 x 11 flyer promoting INFOhio's Book Nook. Describes the three steps for submitting a book trailer. Updated October 2017.

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Book Review Template

Students can use this template to communicate about a book that they have read.

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Book Smarts

A short assignment to assess a user's understanding of different genres of texts.

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Book Trailers (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio’s Pinterest board on book trailers includes links to resources, rubrics, guides, infographics, and samples of book trailers that entice viewers to read more about the book that is advertised in the trailer.

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BookFlix

Listen and read. Storybooks, e-books, videos, games, and more. PreK-3.

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BookFlix Alphabet Animals Poster

This poster from Scholastic and INFOhio promotes BookFlix while sharing the alphabet. Updated January 2018.

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BookFlix Best Practices (INFOhio Guides)
Best practices in using BookFlix to support early literacy developed by Ohio PreK-3 educators. Includes links to instructional "bags" with lesson plans and activity ideas.
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BookFlix Fact Sheet

This document from Scholastic and INFOhio provides information about BookFlix's features. Updated January 2018.

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BookFlix Parent Letter (English)

A letter to parents explaining the benefits of BookFlix and how to access it. Just update it with your school's contact and password information, print, and send.

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BookFlix Parent Letter (Spanish)

A letter to parents, in Spanish, explaining the benefits of BookFlix and how to access it. Just update it with your school's contact and password information, print, and send.

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BookFlix Value

A color 2 sided 8 1/2 by 11 flyer which promotes the vaule of Scholastic BookFlix.

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BookFlix Video Tutorial for Teachers (INFOhio on YouTube)

Learn the basics of using BookFlix with this 5 minute video tutorial.

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Bookmark - Custom Password

Color bookmarks that print 4 to a standard 8 1/2 X 11 page. You can customize them with your school's INFOhio username and password.

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Bookmark - State Password

Color bookmarks that print 4 to a standard 8 1/2 X 11 page. The INFOhio statewide username and password are printed on the bookmark.

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Boot Camp 2013 Session 7: Work the Knots Out of Your Presentations (And Your Stomach)

In this interactive session, you'll learn how to work the kinks out presentations with well-researched methods guaranteed to make you more confident in front of an audience. You'll discover how to apply the brain science techniques you already use in the classroom to connect with any audience, whether you're presenting to a group of parents or a group of administrators. You'll uncover little-known tricks to help you manage pre-presentation jitters. And you'll learn how to take your presentation slides from dull and forgettable to sparkling and memorable. You're invited to bring a presentation with you to transform during the small group work sessions.

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Boot Camp 2014 Session 8: Teen Makerspaces: School Library Implementation, Programming, and Resources

This webinar will discuss implementing and sustaining a makerspace in a school with any type of budget.  Texas school librarian Colleen Graves will describe different types of maker scheduling, maker programming, and resources for maker workshops.  After a year’s experience in maker workshops, she has first-hand ideas for getting students involved in the maker movement.

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Building a Matrix for Leo Lionni Books: An Author Study

In this lesson, students listen to books by Leo Lionni, discuss literary elements and compare characters and plots, create and organize information on a large matrix, review and retell each story, and compare stories using a Venn diagram.

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Business Cards - Custom Password

Color business cards that print 8 to an 8 1/2 x 11 page. You can customize them with your school's INFOhio username and password. Print on cardstock or magnet paper for use at home.

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Business Cards - State Password

Color business cards that print 8 to an 8 1/2 x 11 page. The INFOhio statewide username and password are printed on cards. Print on cardstock or magnet paper for use at home.

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Camp INFOhio (Grades 4-5)

Camp INFOhio contains five days of reading, activities, and experiments centered on STEAM topics. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. Kids can try their hand at code breaking, conduct science experiments with items they find in the kitchen, learn about roller coasters before designing their own, and create their own musical instruments.

It's offered free to all Ohio families and schools by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education.

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Camp Paws and Claws & Farm Animals

This activity is designed to reinforce what students have learned about farm animals.

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Career Connections: Ohio Department of Education

The Career Connections Framework provides an overview to school districts for developing implementation plans for career exploration.

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Case for Informational Text

This article from Educational Leadership discusses ways to help young students improved and develop the ability to comprehend informational text and the importance of using informational text.

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Cat / Cat Jr. Icon (Dark BG)

Cat / Cat Jr. - Dark background

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Cat / Cat Jr. Icon (Transparent)

Cat / Cat Jr. icon - Transparent background

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Catalog Custom Search Box Generator

Use this HTML Generator to create a custom search box widget for your school's INFOhio Library Catalog.

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Catching the Bug for Reading Through Interactive Read-Alouds

This lesson uses an interactive read-aloud of Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten by Joseph Slate to help kindergarten and first-grade students learn reading strategies and how to prevent the spread of germs in their classroom.

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Cavemen Took Notes?

This article from School Library Media Activities Monthly discusses the use of caveman talk to teach how students must take notes for research.

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Challenge of Challenging Text

This article from Educational Leadership includes suggestions for teachers to help students understand a complex text, including building skills for comprehension and reading fluency, establishing a purpose of the reading, and encouraging motivation and persistence". Found in Explora for Educators offered at no cost to Ohio educators through INFOhio.

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Charts, Graphs and Diagrams

Want to learn more about using charts, graphcs and diagrams to interpret data and directions?

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Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Tech--Part 1

How does text complexity build literacy skills? Learn more about close reading, text complexity and how to help students build these skills in this blog.

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Close Reading (INFOhio on Pinterest)

INFOhio's Pinterest board on close reading includes links to articles, websites, tools, and more.

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