Thanks to Hilda Weisburg for this review of Navigating the Information Tsunami: Engaging Research Projects that Meet the Common Core State Standards, K-5:
So many standards, so little time! You and your teachers are feeling overwhelmed trying to understand and meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In addition, you must incorporate the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century
Learner into your teaching. You might also be addressing the National Educational Technology Standards for Students and the ones from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Help is here! Kristin Fontichiaro has edited Navigating the Information Tsunami: Engaging Research Projects That Meet the COmmon Core State Standards, K-5 (Cherry Lake Publishing, 2013, 95p., 978-1-61080-868-2), and it’s a must purchase for elementary libraries. The enticingly formatted, color-coded chapters are divided by grade level. Each is identified by an Essential Question (e.g., for Grade 3, “What do we do with the stuff we don’t want anymore?”), keywords associated with it (environmental science, recycling, posters, announcements), and most are accompanied by a “Tsunami Tip” (Finding Specific Words on a Web Page). Lessons list the standards and indicators and detail what to do each day, including learning activities and assessments. Reading through the lessons will make you eager to try them. You will want to keep this one right on top of your desk.
This book was written for educators (both classroom teachers and librarians) by a volunteer crowdsourced team of practitioners and editors. Thanks to all of our contributors for making this possible!