Lowell MST Library Homepage Link

October 25, 2012

Students can now access the Lowell MST Library homepage through the student shared folder.

Double click shared folder.
Double click Students.
Double click on the Library folder.
The link is in there.

From the library homepage, STUDENTS CAN

  • Access online ebooks thorugh Follett Shelf
    Username: Student ID Number
    Password: Lastname (with a capital letter)


  • Access Tumblebooks for listen to reading.
    Click on the Tumblebooks link under eBooks.
    Then click on the Tumblebooks link again on the right-hand column.
    Some of the Tumbebooks can now be listened to on the iPad, but not all of them.
  • Access online encyclopedias such as:
    World Book Discoverer (easiest)
    World Book Kids (2nd-3rd grade)
    World Book Student (upper elementary)

For You Are a Kenyan Child

October 11, 2012

For You Are a Kenyan Child
by Kelly Cunnane

Cover image for For you are a Kenyan child

A young Kenyan boy is told to go watch grandpa’s cows, but he gets distracted by all of the things to do in a Kenyan village, forgetting completely about his chore.

Comprehension Strategies: Building Schema, Inferring

Lesson Ideas: Compare and contrast life from your town and life in Kenya

The Race of the Century

October 11, 2012

The Race of the Century
Retold by Barry Downard

Another alternative to The Tortoise and the Hare, but this one ends “correctly.”  Fed up with his incessant taunting, Tom Tortoise challenges Flash Harry Hare to the race of the century, which turns into a worldwide media event, complete with television and newspaper coverage, photographers, and many other distractions.

Lesson Ideas: Compare and contrast to the original tale, traditional literature, character traits

The Important Book

October 11, 2012

The Important Book
by Margaret Wise Brown

Publisher Notes: Points out how all things, from an apple to a spoon, and from the sky to a shoe, have certain important qualities that are special about them, and that the most important thing about you is that you are you.

Comprehension Strategies: Inferring (don’t show pictures and don’t tell what the object is, have students use the clues of why it is important to figure out what the object is), Determining Importance (an introduction, possibly)

Writing: Generating Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Expository Writing

5 Little Bats

October 11, 2012


5 Little Bats, Sleeping in a Tree
Hanging upside down where no one else can see.
The sun sets, and the moon shines bright.
One little bat flies out of sight.

Repeat until there are no bats left in the tree!

Troubleshooting Learn360: 401 Message

October 11, 2012
If you are getting a 401 error when they try to show a video from Learn360, switch your Video Format to Flash.
You can either do that on a video by video basis by clicking “Switch to Flash” under Format, just to the right of the video, or you can go to My Preferences, click the Media tab, and select Flash Player for the Preferred Player.

The Tortoise OR the Hare

October 11, 2012

The Tortoise or the Hare
by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison

Cover image for The tortoise or the hare

What a lovely switch to the usual tale of the Tortoise AND the Hare.  Yes, the animals still race.  Yes, the Hare is still the fast one and the Tortoise is the slow one.  BUT, it’s NOT the Tortoise who wins.  The authors highlight that the town didn’t like either of the two characters because they flaunted how good they were at their respective strength: Tortoise–thinking, Hare–speed.  The moral at the end is also different.  You’ve got to check this one out!

Possible Lessons: Compare/Contrast to original tale, Character Traits (older grades), Morals/Fables

Comprehension Strategies: Metacognition, Determining Importance, Synthesizing, Questioning