Wednesday, December 30, 2009

AWESOME Book and Author Games from Harper Collins!

On HarperCollins Children's website, you can find several fun book and author games! I have listed a few of them below...

Amelia Bedelia's Word Search

Amelia Bedelia's Word Search

Help Amelia find the hidden words.
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Big Words for Little People

Big Words for Little People

Play the Big Words for Little People spelling game!
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FUN Interactive Quizzes on National Geographic Traveler Website!

Today I came across a really cool resource on National Geographic Traveler!

They have created several interactive quizzes on different topics like Pirates, Chocolateering, Toys, and other fun things! I just took a quiz on SNOW since we already have 27 inches of snow here in Van Meter! :) Click here to take the Ice and Snow Quiz. Underneath that quiz, you will see the links for the other quizzes as well.

I hope you are having a fun break! :)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

GREAT Diigo Lists to Check Out from VOICE!

Happy Holidays Everyone! I hope you are all having a fun break and great time with your family and friends.

Over break, I have been putting together SUPER lists of websites and online resources for students in my Diigo Library.

Diigo is a social bookmarking Web 2.0 tool, which is a great way to collect and share sites you find. On the Van Meter Library VOICE website I have made a page just for my Diigo Library and you can find it HERE.

And here are few of the other lists for elementary students that I have created in my Diigo Library:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Elementary Brain Games from VOICE

Elementary Brain Games from VOICE

This is the List that I created in my Diigo Library for Elementary Brain Games!

You will love all of the websites that I put into this List!

NEW Van Meter Libraries VOICE Google Site!

I have some exciting news! We have a new Van Meter Libraries VOICE Google Site! VOICE will be the home of our elementary and secondary libraries. On this website you will be able to find just about anything that has to do with thinking, creating, learning, viewing, searching, accessing, listening, reading, and of course BEING HEARD!

School Library Journal-Battle of the (Kids') Books

The Battle of the (Kids') Books brought to us by School Library Journal is a SUPER FUN place to go to read about great books just for you! It was a competition between 16 of the very best books for young people published in 2008, judged by some of the biggest names in children's books.

Go to this blog to check out the winners and read some great discussion about these books!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Excited to announce a new student blog!

It is a Snowy Day outside, just like one of my favorite books. :) In the morning when we all get up to welcome the first Snow Day of the school year, I will read that to my son Hagan.

I will also take a look at something new! It is the newest Van Meter student blog called We Talk created by blogger Emma D. This blog will hold book talks that the 4th and 5th graders are going to create in the Mac computer lab. The students are writing their book talks in December and the day we get back from break will start the production of these book talks.

Emma and her classmates will be adding lots of neat products to We Talk in the next few months.

You can find We Talk here! Have fun following their project on this blog and in the library.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

befunky! Fun Web 2.0 Tools for Your Pictures!

befunky turns your images into artwork with a single click!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

FUN Thanksgiving Activity!

If you're looking for an fun activity to do on Thanksgiving with your family and friends, National Geographic Kids offers a Mad Libs-like story writing activity. Funny Fill-In generates a funny Thanksgiving story based on the words that kids write in response to Thanksgiving prompts. If you don't use this at home tomorrow, consider bookmarking it for next year.

Wondering What to Do Over Break?

Thanksgiving break is here and we have five days off! I can't believe that it is almost December and the amount of THINKING, LEADING, AND SERVING taking place among our students and teachers at Van Meter!

Now since we are home for a few days are you wondering what you are going to do over break?

I have an idea for you! How about checking out all of the amazing Web 2.0 tools that I have put onto the Van Meter Library VOICE Google site? The list is growing everyday and it is a great place to go find some new Web 2.0 tools to try out.

Also, I have added pages for Image, Sound, and Video Web Online Resources and Reading, Book, and Author Web 2.0. These tools are free and will be valuable resources to you. Try them out and let me know if you have any questions.

AND TEACHERS....I have a new page on VOICE called Teacher Web 2.0 Tools where I will post resources for teaching and learning. I will be happy to help you brainstorm ways to use these tools in your classroom! :) There are so many possibilities.

Have a super Thanksgiving!

I will see everyone next week. Mrs. Miller

Monday, November 16, 2009

Kideos....Videos for Kids!

Kideos is a great website to safely watch videos online. They have videos from Disney, Muppets, Super Heros, and more! Click here to go to Kideos and start having fun today!

Friday, October 30, 2009


Click here to go to an awesome website to create your very own comic strips! When you are finished creating one, you have the option to share it with friends through an email or print it off.

Sherman Alexie author of The Diary of a Part Time Indian

Sherman Alexie wrote one of the best books I have ever read. It is called Diary of a Part Time Indian. It is about a Indian teen who wants to leave his reservation and be what he describe as a "normal kid." The humor, honesty, and voice heard throughout this book is inspiring. Everyone who has read this book always comes back to the library telling me how much they loved it! Try it out too!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days-Book 4 By Jeff Kinney

I was excited last week to pick up book 4 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. These books have been so popular at Van Meter and I just knew that this one would be as funny as the first three. Dog Days will be available at the Scholastic Book Fair in November.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Scholastic Book Fair Coming November 5-12

Once again the Scholastic Book Fair will be coming to our school during parent/teacher conferences November 5th through the 12th. Our goal is to sell over $5000.00 worth of books to bring tons of new resources into our libraries! Please come to our book and help support the reading, thinking, and learning that is taking place at Van Meter Community School.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Trip to Barnes and Noble

This weekend I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up some new books for the elementary library. I know how much everyone loves to read the Sister's Grimm by Michael Buckley, so I found 4 more of those. Check out the Sister's Grimm website

I also bought the new book by Kate DiCamillo called The Magician's Elephant. I am so excited to read this new book! Brady and I are going to read it this week...I will let you know how it is! :)