COMMON CORE RESOURCES
Lexile.com: Use this site to find books at a certain level or to check the Lexile of a book you would like to read in your classroom
I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids): A great blog about nonfiction books that will grab the attention of your students!
Ballard Celebrates the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
Try one of these tools if you would like to enhance a lesson with a quick movie or have students create mulitmedia presentations.
Voki: Create speaking Avatars and use them as a learning tool.
The Capital District Invention Convention
The Capital District Invention Convention is an annual competition open to New York State public or private school students. The program stimulates creativity and imagination and promotes the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Teaching students how to invent and apply problem-solving skills helps nurture the next generation of inventors and scientists. At Ballard, the convention is run through the Library Media Center and all students are invited to submit an original idea for an invention. Students in third, fourth and fifth grade are required to participate.