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GiggleIT Project Resources

These resource links are current as of 1 September 2020 – please notify IASL.GiggleIT@gmail.com of broken links.

The GiggleCritters

There are 44 copyrighted GiggleCritters in GiggleTown that your students can choose to use on their personal work or as decorations in your classroom or school library.

Writing Styles

Each GiggleIT Spotlight Project uses a particular writing style, like poetry, jokes & riddles, personal anecdotes, culturalized stories, or fractured/modernized fairy tales. As students write in small groups or as individuals, they can use Peer Assessment to help one another improve their work.

Poetry - Find lesson plans and examples for forms and styles at https://www.poetry4kids.com/lessons/poetry-writing-lessons/

Acrostic Poetry GiggleIT resources page

Haiku GiggleIT resources page

Kid-friendly Limericks GiggleIT resources page

Shape Poetry GiggleIT resources page

Jokes & Riddles - appropriate for age level in subject and vocabulary

Jokes & Riddles GiggleIT resource page

Personal anecdotes – narratives and stories about pets, family, school, hobbies, etc.

Personal Anecdotes GiggleIT resources page

Culturalized stories – rewritten folktales, myths, or legends using local cultural emphasis

Culturalized Story GiggleIT resources page

Fractured/modernized fairy tales – changing one or more aspects of a traditional fairy tale

Fractured Fairy Tale GiggleIT resources page

Organizing Resources

Fair Use & Copyright

While copyright laws vary by country, all students can learn the concepts of fair use and attribution: giving proper credit to the creator of writings, images, and music. Facts cannot be copyrighted, so it is good practice to show in your bibliography/ sources list where they were found.

https://www.schrockguide.net/intellectual-property.html Kathy Schrock’s extensive list of reliable sources for information on intellectual property including copyright and bibliography

https://www.commonsense.org/education/articles/the-right-stuff-teaching-kids-about-copyright Lesson resources for “Teaching Kids About Copyright” and fair use (USA)

https://www.copyrightuser.org/educate/ UK copyright information site with resources and tools to teach students about copyright, creativity, and fair dealing.

https://www.smartcopying.edu.au/information-sheets/schools/students-and-copyright Smartcopying: The Official Guide to Copyright Issues for Australian Schools and TAFE

https://www.tki.org.nz/Copyright-in-schools/Guidelines-for-schools/For-students/What-is-copyright New Zealand Copyright information for students including cultural rights

https://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/student-copyright/ Extensive and clear explanation of copyright concepts, copyright infringement, several types of plagiarism (not just copy-paste), fair use, and open licensing like Creative Commons (USA)

Bibliography & Citations

https://www.easybib.com/guides/video-lesson-citations-for-beginners/ Video lesson for elementary students on basics of creating citations for their bibliography (sources list).

https://www.education.com/worksheet/article/how-to-write-a-bibliography/ Worksheet – how to write a bibliography (elementary) – requires free teacher registration to download.

https://elementary.oslis.org/cite-sources/mla Lessons and worksheets for MLA citation style, including an online citation-maker tool https://elementary.oslis.org/cite-sources/mla-elementary-citation

www.schrockguide.net/uploads/3/9/2/2/392267/workscited_1_6.pdf Clear guide to bibliographic expectations for students in each grade 1-6, with increasing complexity by grade level (pdf)

Students comfortable with locating needed citation information in their sources can try a free online citation maker like https://www.bibme.org/style or https://www.citationmachine.net/ or https://my.noodletools.com/noodlebib/express.

Note-taking

https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/note-taking/ Best practices for students “Note-taking: A Research Roundup” 2018

https://www.oxfordlearning.com/5-effective-note-taking-methods/ Good visual instructions for 5 effective note-taking methods

Graphic Organizers

https://www.eduplace.com/kids/hme/k_5/graphorg/  Try the Cluster/Word Web or Spider Map graphic organizers here for gathering descriptive words from Trickster Tales.

http://www.dailyteachingtools.com/language-arts-graphic-organizers.html#4  The '10 Most Important Words' graphic organizer on this site is great for collecting Trickster Tale words.

http://www.educationoasis.com/curriculum/GO/character_story.htm - Over a dozen character and story graphic organizers to print out.

Word Cloud Generators

http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm Designed for kids in grades 2-5, the ABCya word cloud generator includes a moderate number of options for colors and fonts, limited arrangement choices. Users can save their word cloud to local computer or print out directly.

http://www.tagxedo.com (requires free Microsoft Silverlight plugin) Public word cloud generator with large number of fonts and color choices, Tagxedo features many interesting shapes for word clouds. Image can be saved in choice of several resolutions as .png or .jpg format or as an .imgur file, printed directly, or shared on the web.

http://worditout.com/word-cloud/make-a-new-one A public word cloud generator with moderate options for fonts and colors, in traditional round word cloud arrangement only. Site asks for an e-mail address only to verify that the word cloud’s creator is “human” before word cloud can be downloaded and saved.

http://www.wordle.net/create This public word cloud generator offers many options for colors and fonts. Users can tweak word alignment in traditional oval word cloud shape. Must save to public gallery to keep and deletion is impossible, so using Print may be safer option. Be warned: if you select ‘Randomize’ then using the back arrow won’t retrieve the last arrangement you saw.

Publishing Resources

eBook Creating Tools

https://bookcreator.com/online/ Several students can work on the same ebook at once. Works on many platforms & devices. Free teacher account allows 1 library with 40 books.

https://www.canva.com/create/ebooks/ Drag & drop editing; large library of templates, fonts, and photos; can upload own graphics & photos. Register for free educator account: https://www.canva.com/education/

https://crello.com/create/ebooks/ Many templates, photos & fonts; strong editing tools. Schools and many clubs qualify for a free license: https://crello.com/education/

https://www.mystorybook.com/ for elementary students. Pre-set templates, graphics, and some font choices. Can publish online free or purchase as physical book.

Online Poster Makers (all students)

https://www.canva.com/create/posters/ Posters and more. Register for free educator account (https://www.canva.com/education/)

https://spark.adobe.com/make/posters/ Posters & more. Through teacher personal account or school/district account (https://spark.adobe.com/ex/edu/?) Online educator support and ideas bank.

Online Poster Makers (advanced designers)

https://grafitx.com/free/online/creator/poster/ Free with many templates, fonts, clipart & ability to upload your own art/photos. Download as png, svg, or pdf.

https://www.postermaker.com/ - requires more technical skills than Canva or Adobe Spark. Good for users who want more control over colors, image placement, etc. Download as jpg.

As a collaborative Project between educators and students around the world, the GiggleIT Project operates under a Creative Commons license which allows everyone to share ideas and resources while still recognizing the work done by the original authors.

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