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Teacher Notes From Howard County Library - Homework Category
  • Book Reports

    Are your students reading for a book report? We love to support them! Howard County Library staff can visit your classroom to promote the best books for your assignment – or let us know what books you have assigned and we can make sure they are available. Send your students into the Library to pick up their books – or invite us to your class and we can bring them to you!

    To begin, complete an Assignment Alert or contact your school’s Library liaison. The more information you provide, the better we can match your students with the right materials!

     

    Amy Stephens – Glenwood Branch Howard County Library

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  • Researching with the Big 6

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    Are your students starting a unit of research using the Big 6 model of information literacy? Howard County Library’s instructors can help. Call your Library liaison to schedule our Researching with the Big 6 class. We’ll walk your students through all six steps of the model, focusing in detail on the first three critical steps: Task Definition, Information Seeking Strategies, and Location & Access. By introducing the model step-by-step and exploring the purpose of each step, library staff will encourage your students to think about the research process systematically, and highlight the benefits of the Big 6 as a support to the development of information literacy.

    We will also highlight collection resources that your students may find helpful as they begin their research, and point them toward the information that they will need to gather in order to complete the assignment successfully. If your class or grade has already selected a subject area to investigate, we can tailor this presentation to demonstrate resources that are directly relevant to the students’ area of interest.

    Editors Note: The “Big6™” is copyright © (1987) Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz. For more information, visit: www.big6.com

    John Jewitt – Howard County Library Savage Branch

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  • Pro vs. Con – The SIRS Researcher

    "Opposing viewpoints" assignments are pretty common, but Howard County Library does not have Gale’s "Opposing Viewpoints" database. Why not?  We don’t need it. If students are expected to do Pro/Con assignments at the Library, point them in the direction of the SIRS Researcher database.  

    At one level, SIRS Researcher is simply a straightforward periodical database. As such, by providing full text articles from 1,800 national and regional publications, it is quite useful  Still, the Library has  other products that do pretty much the same thing. What makes SIRS Researcher unique among our online holdings is that it provides assistance to students for opposing viewpoints assignments.  

    A "Leading Issues" box on the database front page lists over 300 topical Pro vs. Con categories, and clicking on any one of them will bring a student directly to a results page that both lays out the essential questions at issue and provides a student with a long list of full text pro and con articles for them to use in their analysis.
     
    The SIRS Researcher is not one of the better known Library databases but it is well worth gaining a closer acquaintance.

    Joe McHugh – Howard County Library Administration

     

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  • Science Fair Starters

    test tube pouring into a beaker It’s autumn again, and that can only mean one thing…it’s time to choose a science fair project! We want to help your students turn this daunting task into a major success, so invite us into your classroom to present “Science Fair Starters.” In 30 minutes we’ll show your students how to use Howard County Library resources to discover research topics, experiments, and information that will make this year’s science fair project their best one yet! Contact your Library liaison to schedule “Science Fair Starters” for your classroom, or read more about it in our Middle and High School Curriculum Enhancement Guide.

     

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

     

     
     
     

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  • Live Homework Help

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    One of the most valuable resources we have to offer students is Live Homework Help.

    Sometimes when students are away from your classroom and fervently completing their homework assignments, they encounter obstacles. When this happens, students should know that they can use their Howard County Library card to access a live tutor seven days a week from 2:00 pm to 1:00 am! Tutors are available to help students in fourth through twelfth grades with math, science, social studies, and English.

    Just who are these tutors? They are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors, graduate school students, and undergraduates from top universities. Their job is to work one-on-one with students via the internet. Tutors are trained to teach the material, not simply spoon-feed answers, so you can be sure that your students are learning and practicing the material from your classroom, not just taking the easy way out!

    Tutors use robust electronic tools, like interactive whiteboards for geometry diagrams. With a bit of advanced notice, they’ll review student essays and reports.

    Follow this link to learn more or, better yet, log on and try it out for yourself!

     

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

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  • About Teacher Notes

    Welcome Howard County educators! As it says on our web site, “Howard County Library is pleased to provide teachers with a myriad of resources as they plan their lessons and assignments.”

    Many Howard County Public School System faculty have asked for a convenient way to receive updates on these resources. This blog is one way to meet that need. It will be updated regularly with information you can share with your colleagues and students. Visit us regularly or subscribe to the RSS feed and have the information delivered to you!

    Amy Stephens – Howard County Library Glenwood Branch

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  • Famous Detectives

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    Folly Quarter Middle School GT students need to choose an above grade level detective novel to read for an individual project. Agatha Christie and Sir Aruthur Conan Doyle were two suggestions made by their teacher.

    This is a tricky assignment. While there are many detective stories that contain challenging, above grade level reading, many of these stories also contain sophisticated content. How can students make the best choice?

    Talking to a Library staff member is a great place to start! We love to make reading suggestions…like the Eyre Affair. You can see more of our suggestions at Highly Recommended.

    More independent readers might want to try Novelist. Novelist contains reviews and summaries of thousands and thousands of books. You can search by author, title, or subject. If you find an author you like, Novelist will even choose authors that write similar books. For example, Novelist suggests M.C. Beaton as an author similar to Agatha Christie.

    And now’s a great time for a reminder about the Sherlock Holmes Essay Contest. Read the classic Holmes short story, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, then write an essay related to the story. Full contest details, including essay suggestions and prizes, are available on our web site.

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  • Library Cards

    A Howard County Library card is a powerful tool!

    Use it to

    • check out books, movies, music, and more
    • download and e-book from home
    • search for a magazine article in the middle of the night
    • access Live Homework Help
    • and more….

    Apply for a special A+ Teacher Card and get even more benefits like extended borrowing periods!

    Stop in anytime or apply online.

    Library Card Application or A+ Teacher Card Application

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  • Ask Us Now!

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    Your librarian can be a valuable ally when through the wealth of information available to us in the 21st century. But what happens when the library is closed?

    Don’t worry, we’re up all night!

    AskUsNow provides you with electronic access to a live librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’ll point you towards the most reliable information that answers your question.

    So, go ahead, AskUsNow!

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  • Howard County Library Comes to You

    we deliver Did you know that Howard County Library staff will visit your classroom with resources designed to enhance the curriculum and supplement your lesson plans?

    Read all about our classes and find your school’s Library liaison in our Elementary School Curriculum Enhancement Guide and our Middle and High School Curriculum Enhancement Guide, then make contact with your library liaison to arrange a visit or get more information!

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