Monday, January 14, 2013

Online Research

We started our online research for our explorers today. HOLY COW! It was tough!

Our district has a subscription to EBSCOhost (something I became very familiar with in grad school :). Even better, (which I didn't know about), is that they have a KIDS search engine for articles. How cool is that!

The kids we able to access their section and type in the name of their explorer. They then clicked on the biographies link to filter out the results, so they only had to look at the information they needed.

Things were going along, all the kids being able to find at least one good article on their person when I noticed...most of these articles were too high for their readability level.

At the top of each article, they had the lexile, which was helpful...however, they were all lexiled in the 1000's! Now, I do have quite a few readers who have no problem reading at that level, but about half my class is not at that level (think 750 and lower), so I can see problems forming when the kids were trying to figure out the reading at a level that is too high :(.

We have another session with the computers on Thursday, so we will see how the next session goes. We may need another one!

Today's Outfit

Sweater: Maurices
Shirt: The Limited
Pants: JCPenny
Shoes: DSW

It was super warm today (for the middle of January up here!), although it started out rainy and foggy, and turned into a beautiful, gorgeous spring day. If only it could stay this way! :)

Smiles and Sunshine,
Kaitlyn

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