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Scientists in the Field Series

Posted on: Oct 4, 2013 @ 4:23:15 pm

The Scientist in the Field series can’t get any better. We can’t imagine it. As a matter of fact, we recommend that this series be in every school library—elementary, middle, and high schools. Why? What better way to demonstrate inquiry learning, scientific method, and process than through the everyday, real world with real scientists? This series introduces readers to actual scientists, how and why they became scientists and how they stumbled upon the research projects that matter so much to them. You follow them through the steps and stumbles of the scientific method. You will be on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, through the trial and error of trying to get Mars rover, Opportunity, from spinning his wheels on Mars. Believe me, after reading this, students will be invested in science and learning!

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Fall into the CMC

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 @ 1:38:31 pm

Welcome Back! There is a lot going on in the CMC, and we want to share it with you!

First and foremost, a major staff change. But, don't fret! You're in good and capable hands.

Dr. Yolanda Hood is the new CMC Department Head. She arrived late this summer from the University of Northern Iowa where she was Associate Professor and Youth Librarian at Rod Library. She worked with numerous departments while there, including the First Year Program and the College of Education. She also provided professional development for teachers and librarians across the state of Iowa and some pretty nifty programming for children and teens as well. And, if that's not enough, she has also served in various leadership roles in professional organizations. As a matter of fact, she just finished serving on the Coretta Scott King Book Award Jury for the American Library Association.

Before her time at the University of Northern Iowa, she worked at universities in Georgia and North Carolina, a museum in Massachusetts, and various arts organizations throughout the United States. Rumor has it that she even taught 7th Grade Language Arts and 9th and 10th grade English for a brief time.

So, what will this mean for the CMC? It means that the CMC will have a very energetic, multi-disciplinary, dedicated advocate for the CMC, its services and resources. And, what does it mean for the College of Education and Human Performance? You have a colleague who is very happy to be here and looks forward to working with you and your students in every possible way.

The CMC is a good place to be and now is the time to fall on in!

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The CMC Team

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 @ 1:36:28 pm

(L to R) Mary Rubin, Pam Jaggernauth, Dr. Yolanda Hood, and Stacy Marchant

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Books on the Radar

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 @ 1:29:57 pm

One thing that is hard to keep up with are the thousands of youth titles that are published every year. But, it's important to stay current and relevant. So, we're listing some very good, recently published titles that you might want to pick up and check out. Here are 5 that just might knock your socks off! Click on the links below to see the book covers!

Son by Lois Lowry--That's right! Lowry has finally provided the "satisfying" ending that we've all been waiting for since the publication of The Giver.

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle/Hope Larson---“It was a dark and stormy night…..” Who doesn't remember that classic first line in this classic tale of good vs. evil? Meg Murry, Charles Murry, and Calvin O’Keefe go in search of the Murrys’ father, a government scientist, who has mysteriously disappeared after working on a project called a Tesseract. First published in 1962, a recipient of the 1963 Newbery Medal, this book has impacted lives the world over. And, still is impacting them today in an amazingly well-done, award-winning, graphic novel format!

Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons---A nonfiction piece that covers the lifespan of the ladybug. You're bound to learn something you didn't know. And, Gibbons has provided a work that is packed with her trademark illustrations ONLY this time you won't be overwhelmed with information overload. So, this one is safe to share with even your youngest readers!

More by I.C. Springman---A picture book that is perfect for the earliest of readers and a GREAT way to talk about consumerism/need/sustainability with the youngest readers. A magpie who can't stop collecting items gets a little help from his friend, Mouse, when it all becomes too much.

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Hunger Games in the Classroom Workshop

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 @ 1:23:53 pm

We love those books that draw kids and adults in, even the ones who don't like to read. You know? The books we all buzz about, even talk with complete strangers about because the characters seem so real, the action so thrilling. Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy falls into this category. So, well liked by so many! And, ripe for classroom use. But, can a book that seems so brutal really be for the classroom? You bet it can! Join us on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 3-6pm, in the CMC, to learn from local teachers and librarians how they are using Hunger Games in their classrooms. The workshop will end with a mini live action game! Want more info? Click on the links below!

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor!

CMC Workshop

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Staying on Top of Things

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 @ 1:14:07 pm

Here, you'll find interesting articles, trends, ideas and so forth This month, something from our very own! Children & Libraries Summer/Fall 2013 Vol. 11, no. 2, pg.29-34

An Inconvenient Truth: The Underground Railroad and Quilts in Children's Picturebooks

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Manipulative Matters

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 @ 1:07:08 pm

Speaking of History....

Exploring History Through Primary Sources is on display in the CMC. These resources are made available by Teacher Created Materials Publishing. The boxed sets include a teacher guide, student activities, and lesson plans. Also included are copies of photos, diary entries, maps, letters, and other primary sources for a number of historical/political moments.

Do a title search in the catalog for "Exploring History Through Primary Resources" and you'll find out which ones we have!

Also on display-- Zombies! They are everywhere-tv, movies, music, games! One never knows when they are coming, so be prepared. To help you with that, Mary Rubin has prepared an excellent display of Zombie Fiction and Nonfiction (yes, and it's good) in the CMC. Come in and Check it out!

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CMC Orientations

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 @ 1:01:29 pm

Faculty! Don't forget to call or email if you would like your class to have a face-to-face orientation to the CMC. We are striving to have the best CMC in the state of Florida, and we want UCF students to know about CMC resources and to utilize each and every one in your classes and in the schools. Don't hesitate! Give us a call!

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Promethean Board Workshop

Updated on: Sep 24, 2013 @ 3:20:00 pm

Graduate Assistant, Josh Arroyo, conducts a very informative workshop.

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COMING SOON - New PC's in the CMC!

Posted on: Apr 3, 2006 @ 1:59:00 pm
During Spring Break (March 13 - 19) the CMC will be getting all new PC's and doubling the current number of PC's from 12 to 24. In addition to the new PC's there will also be some new software applications added to the PC's such as Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional, Dreamweaver MX, Geometer's Sketchpad 4.0, and Kidspiration. If you're needing to use any of these applications before Spring Break they're now available on our laptops which have just recently been upgraded.
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SFEA Workshop Hosted in CMC

Posted on: Apr 3, 2006 @ 1:58:00 pm

This past Fall 2004 semester, the CMC Library hosted the SFEA "Building Literacy through Bulletin Boards" workshop. Under the guidance of Faculty sponsor Dr. Rita Buchoff, SFEA Student President Christine Wysocki and additional officers organized the event with the intention of providing a fun, informative, and interactive experience for participating students. After a brief introduction to the CMC's facilities and mission, attendees viewed a PowerPoint presentation focusing on the mechanics of bulletin board construction, including design principles and paper manipulation. Following a brief orientation to the concepts involved with the connectivity of literacy building and bulletin board outreach, the attendees divided in to work groups and created their own bulletin boards according to an established rubric. The finished boards were then peer judged and a "winner" was recognized. Refreshments and prizes capped off the afternoons activities, which were enjoyed by all involved!
Click here to see pictures of the bulletin boards!

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Now you can participate in creating a CMC Display!

Posted on: Apr 3, 2006 @ 1:56:00 pm
As many are aware, the CMC Library has a display case that lies at the entrance of room 194 in the Education Building. For a long time now, the monthly displays have delighted and welcomed patrons into our facility, as well as informed and inspired those who put CMC materials to use. It is our intention to further involve those students and faculty who use the CMC, by welcoming developed suggestions for display concepts.  We are interested in concepts that pertain to issues and events relevant to the College of Education, and the majority vs. limited amounts of students and faculty. These could be events or issues associated with student organizations or College wide concerns. We cannot guarantee the use of suggestions, but we welcome them all, and promise to give each thoughtful consideration. Click here to download Display Policies and an Application to Exhibit Form [Microsoft Word ocument]. "Application to Exhibit forms can also be requested at the desk in the CMC, and can be turned in at the same location. Please read the entire display policy before completing and submitting application forms, in order to avoid misconceptions about the process or invalid submissions. As many of you may have gathered, the mission of the CMC is to provide the most helpful possible services and resources to all patrons. We hope that this new display policy provides even further service and enjoyment!
Click here to see past CMC displays!
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