I'm reviewing reference resources with my third graders, including the dictionary.
We recently read a great little book about Noah Webster by Jeri Chase Ferris and illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch.
A great read about Noah Webster
My students, being the smart little ones that they are, took issue with a reference to "states" when they thought it should have read "colonies". After we sorted that business out, I decided it would be fun to use Ferris' book as an excuse to review some of our reference resources.
I cannot tell you what a week we've had. I was out for all but two days and for the first time ever in the five years I've been a teacher-librarian, we had to shut the library down for the day: my assistant was also out and there were no subs to be found anywhere! I guess that's cold/flu season for you!
Needless to say, I'm feeling very disconnected and have that old loss of momentum feeling with all of my classes. I can't stress over it though; I just need to not look back and start a-fresh.
To get back into the spirit of things, here is a hilarious clip I picked up from over at The Teacher-Wife. Ever have one of these days: