Parents and Teachers Information


Educational Requirements

Indiana Department of Education

 

Home School Parents

ALEKS Online Math Program – Course products for Homeschoolers

 

For All Parents

schoolfamily.com – Your go-to guide for school success. This website also provides printable skill-building worksheets for math and reading.

 

Library Services

 

Classroom Collections

Extended Teachers’ Loan Period

This service is provided to local teachers by the Jackson County Public Library to complement classroom and school media collections.

1. The maximum length of the extended teachers’ loan period is six weeks from the day the collection is put together by the library staff. Only books owned by Jackson County Public Library apply to the extended loan period. All other item types are subject to normal checkout time. Teachers may return or exchange the collection anytime before the six-week deadline. If materials are needed for more than six weeks, teachers have the option of renewing the books for an additional three weeks with no further renewals.

2. Please note that some requests may not be able to be fulfilled without 2 weeks of notice.

3. In order to receive the extended teachers’ loan period, collections must be arranged directly with the library staff; otherwise, the standard three-week loan period will apply.

4. Classroom collections may be checked out only to a teacher who has a valid library card. The teacher is responsible for all materials included in the classroom collection. Replacement costs and a processing fee will be charged for all lost and/or damaged books. Overdue fines are twenty-five cents per day per item.

5. Teachers may request specific titles or subjects; however, inclusion in their collection will be determined by the library staff based on availability and demand.

6. Staff will notify teachers through a message at school or home when a collection is ready.

7. Teachers will have one week (seven days) from notification to pick up their collection before it is returned to the library shelves. Collections will be placed in a box labeled with the teacher’s name and the six-week due date.

8. All materials should be returned in their original box.

Teachers may notify the Youth Services Department (522-3412, option 2), Information Services, (522-3412, option 3), Medora (966-2278), or Crothersville (793-2927) that a classroom collection is needed, or fill out an online application here.

 

Ellison and Accu-Cut Die Cuts

Ellison and Accu-Cut dies are located in the Kidz Korner workroom and are available for use by the public. However, the library does not provide the construction paper. Customers must use and bring their own paper. The Friends of the Library donate funds to purchase all dies. Click here for a list of available die cuts at the Seymour Library.

 

School Visits & More For Teachers & Students Kindergarten-12th Grade

Elementary Teachers

Class Visits to the Library– Stories, songs, book talks, research projects and library tours- With prior notice library staff can set aside reference materials on special assignments to give your students easy access to the materials while working in the library.

Classroom Visits– The librarian will tell your students about the library, read a story, give book talks or tell stories. The librarian can provide stories, songs, finger plays, etc. that relate to your classroom themes.

Classroom Collections- A six-week check out period with an option of a three-week renewal. Materials available include audio kits, playaways, music CD’s, audiobooks, magazines, comic books, easy readers, chapter books, fiction, non-fiction, picture books and accelerated readers. DVDs are available for a one-week loan. Teachers may request a collection by visiting or calling the library.

Middle School Teachers

Class Visits to the Library– Library tours, book talks and reference instruction- Instruction on using the on-line catalog or Inspire– With prior notice library staff can set aside reference materials on special assignments to give your students easy access to the materials while working in the library.

Classroom Visits– The librarian will tell your students about the library, give book talks, or read a story.

Classroom Collections– A six-week check out period with an option of a three-week renewal. Materials available include audiobooks, magazines, comic books, fiction, and non-fiction from our Youth Services, Young Adult, or Adult sections. DVDs are available for a one-week loan. Teachers may request a collection by visiting or calling the library.

High School Teachers

Class Visits to the Library– Library tours, book talks and reference instruction- Instruction on using the on-line catalog or Inspire– With prior notice library staff can set aside reference materials on special assignments to give your students easy access to the materials while working in the library.

Classroom Visits– The librarian will tell your students about the library and/or give book talks.

Classroom Collections– A six-week check out period with an option of a three-week renewal. Materials available include fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, magazines and comic books. DVDs are available for a one-week loan. Teachers may request a collection by visiting or calling the library.

The following are suggestions on how we can work together to give students the greatest opportunity in meeting their assignment requirements:

VISIT THE LIBRARY and get to know the librarians. Become familiar with the materials. Schedule a tour for your class.

GIVE LIBRARY STAFF ADVANCED NOTICE of major assignments. Staff can create a reserved shelf of materials for in- library use. Without advanced notice, the first students using the library usually check out most materials on the assigned subject.

CONSIDER GIVING BROAD ASSIGNMENTS to students. Try not to give students identical assignments or to assign the same topics as another teacher.

IF A SPECIFIC TYPE OF BOOK IS ASSIGNED, such as an autobiography, contact a librarian to make sure there are enough “good” books for the entire class.

 

Bulletin Board Ideas

A to Z Teacher Tips – Classroom Decor

DLTK’s Bulletin Board Ideas

Ideas for Bulletin Boards

TheTeachersCorner.net

 

Educational Holiday Links

25 Best Thanksgiving Websites and Resources

Cybrary Man’s Educational Websites

Interactive Sites for Education – Thanksgiving

Plimoth Plantation – Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian

Scholastic – The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving and Pilgrim Websites

Lesson Plan Help

1492: An Ongoing Voyage

A to Z Teacher Stuff – This site has everything teachers need from A to Z. Teachers can search for lesson plans, teaching tips, downloadable teaching materials, and much more.

ABC Teach – This site is for all ages. Kids, parents, student teachers, and teachers will find all they need right here. Abcteach.com has everything from reading comps, research/reports, teaching extras, portfolios, flashcards, fun activities, holidays, months and seasons, theme units, pre-k/early childhood activities, middle school/junior high units, and languages/ESL.

Awesome Stories

Child Fun – Theme Activities – At childfun.com you can find crafts and coloring sheets for any occasion. On this site, you can find crafts from President’s Day, Leap Year, Lent, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, Arbor Day, Easter, Lent, Passover, Earth Day, Mother’s Day as well as Father’s Day. This site also has coloring pages relating to President’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, Easter, Mother’s Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, alphabet blocks, alphabet pictures, birdhouses, farm fun, flower gardens, handicaps, shoes, sports, wedding, winter wonderland and many more.

Discovery School – With this website you can find anything related to educational programming, such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, and the Travel Planet. You will also find a library of lesson plans here. Just select a subject with the grade and a variety of lesson plans will appear. This website also offers teaching tools, a curriculum center, and homework helpers.

EDSITEment Grade 3-5 Lesson Plans

EDSITEment Grade 9-12 Lesson Plans

Educator’s Reference Desk – This website provides high-quality resources for the education community. They have over 2,000 different lesson plans, more than 3,000 links to online education information, and over 200 question archive responses.

 

Financial Activities and Lesson Plans for Teachers

Mix Up: This student activity focuses on personal finance concepts.

Calculating Salary: Lesson plan that focuses on gross pay, net pay, and other aspects of salary.

Money Smart Teens: Four money lesson curriculums for ninth through 12 graders.

Economics and Personal Finance Resources For K-12

Bank Comparison: This lesson helps students build knowledge to help find the bank that’s most appropriate for them.

Financial Lesson: An in-depth financial lesson focusing on computation, problem solving, careers, bills, taxes, and family expenses.

Financial Literacy: Financial literacy for children, youth, individuals, couples, families, and business.

 

Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Science Fair Project help

 

Kinder Art – There is always something new to see at this website. This is a great site to find a variety of different art lessons for kids. Teach and learn drawing, painting, and sculpting that are easily located at your fingertips.

 

Library Spot – Come visit this website for some must-see sites such as Wikepedia, WorldCat, Infoplease, Library of Congress, Refdesk.com, and Britannica. Here, you also can find information on the Caldecott and Newbery Medal books. If you need an idea of what to read to your kids, this site also gives the top 100 favorite children’s books.

 

Maps On The Internet:

Blank State Outline Maps

Maps Arranged By Continent

Outline Maps

Xpeditions Atlas

 

 

The New Americans – This website gives educators lesson plans that deal with historic and modern day immigration. These lesson plans give students hands on experience and a better understanding of immigration issues.

 

Nuttin’But Kids – Browse through different teaching themes on this website, such as back to school, the five senses, fundraising ideas, and many more. Printables are also located at this site. Browse through a list of mazes, coloring sheets, bulletin board patterns, etc. While also visiting, check out the recipes and fun games this website holds.

 

An overview of US Holidays

 

Planet Pals Earth Zone – This is a great site for teachers and parents who are teaching their children about the universe. Check out their booklist of great Earth books, their online store, and lesson plans that will help you teach about Earth.

 

Pre-K Thematic Units – Come visit Ms. Cox’s Pre-K class at St. Teresa School and check out the themes and project link. Click on a theme and get great ideas on books, circle time, art projects, printables, cooking activities, literacy, fine motor, math, and science activities.

 

RubiStar (Scoring Tool) – RubiStar is a website designed to help teachers create a rubric or enhance the ones that they already have. You can create a new rubric relating to oral projects, multimedia, math, writing, products, reading, art, work skills, science, and music. Come visit this website for a helping hand.

 

Science Bob – Science Bob is a great website that has many different links that will give you information on space/planets, animals/nature, plants, and insects/spiders.

 

Science Education at Jefferson Lab – This website is a great resource for teachers. Click on the teacher resources tab and find teacher programs, workshops, reference materials, hands-on activities, worksheets, puzzles, games, and on-line games and puzzles. This website is also a great resource for students. Click on the student zone tab and find homework helpers, internships, and other educational on-line games and puzzles.

 

Science Made Simple – Need an easy science project? Then this is the site for you. Find a variety of different science projects and experiments for your class or an upcoming science fair.

 

SciJinks – Weather information and activities

 

Story Arts Online – Story Arts Online has all you need to share and tell a great story. It has lesson plans and activities, a story library, a storytelling store, articles, and curriculum ideas for storytelling in the classroom. Bring your fairytale and folktales to life at this website.

 

Super Kids – At superkids.com find many different software programs that will enhance your child’s learning. Who knew learning could be so much fun?

 

Super Teacher Worksheets

Printable, free worksheets for teachers and parents. There are stories to print out that can be read by students of any grade level along with questions about the stories to help with comprehension. Answer keys to the questions are also provided for adult use. Practically every subject area is included on this website.

 

Teach Net – Come here for lesson plans, back-to-school ideas, and ways to liven up your classroom. This is a great site to get you and your kids ready for school.

 

Teacher’s Closet – This website is filled with many different types of education. Choose from child, character, sexual, special, Christian, computer education, etc. Click on a link and find many helpful websites at your fingertips.

 

Today in History

 

Reader’s Advisory

Book Hive

Children and Young Adult book series listed in order

World of Reading

 

Recommended Books By Grade Level

Kindergarten

Goodreads

Kindergarten Suggested Summer Reading List

First Grade

Goodreads

Suggested Reading List For First Grade

Second Grade

Goodreads

Third Grade

Goodreads

Fourth Grade

Goodreads

Fifth Grade

Goodreads

Sixth Grade

Sixth Grade Recommended Reading List in Title Order

Seventh Grade

Seventh Grade Recommended Reading List in Title Order

7th Grade Recommended Summer Reading

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade Recommended Reading List in Title Order

8th Grade Recommended Summer Reading

Ninth Grade

Goodreads

Tenth Grade

Goodreads

Eleventh Grade

Goodreads

Twelfth Grade

Goodreads

 

Children’s Literature

Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature

Giggle Poetry

RIF Reading Planet

 

Clip Art/Art/Computer Programming

Classroom Clip Art

Computer Science Student Network (CS2N) – CS2N has easy and fun activities designed to help you learn how to program