Getting ready for this new year has kept me going at a fast pace as I’ve put many projects on my plate. One of these endeavors is Teacher Information Packets. Like so many of us who give teachers folders or binders at the beginning of the year I want to put together resources that are valuable. I’m keeping it very simple with an overview of procedures for students, a curriculum map of objectives, and several how-to guides. And maybe a bribe….
PebbleGo is an online database from Capstone for our youngest students. If you are an elementary librarian or teacher, PebbleGo is the number one online subscription you should purchase. There are three current modules: Animals, Earth & Space, and Biographies with a fourth for Social Studies being released November 2012. Each module has extensive articles for primary students. The database is fully narrated. Each article includes photographs, video, sound clips, or maps. Students will love the games, which are limited (and I appreciate this!). There are also printable work pages for students to share what they know.
Capstone makes PebbleGo so easy to navigate that detailed instructions are not needed. I’ve included a simple username/password box for your login. (Side note: login information is only to be included in print materials you give to patrons or kept on an internal network. It violates the user agreement to post this information online.) I’ve included a summary of the features, a very basic list of strategies for using it in the classroom, and a content map. The content map outlines each of the categories in PebbleGo, but does not list all of the article titles. I have included the Social Studies module in this information.
|PebbleGo Introduction & Content Map @ Google Drive|
I would love to know how others incorporate PebbleGo in instruction and what strategies you suggest to encourage classroom teachers to use it regularly with students.