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BookFLIX: INFOhio’s Impressive New Resource

With the passage of Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee there has been a rash of articles in the Columbus Dispatch about school district’s plans to help students meet the demands of this high stakes test.  “Many Local Reading Scores Miss New 3rd Grade Mark” (July 5) and “Summer Spotlight on Reading” (July 9) describe both the issue and some of the solutions.  Can you imagine an elementary-age child spending six weeks taking reading lessons and three weeks of accompanying homework?  In my opinion piece to the Columbus Dispatch I highlighted that literacy is not a skill that develops in isolation but in the context of a literature- and media-rich environment – the library!  INFOhio’s newest resource, BookFLIX, brings an engaging online literacy resource that pairs classic fictional storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to your school library. The 100-plus fiction-nonfiction pairs are arranged in nine kid-appeal categories: animals & nature; earth & sky; people & places; ABC’s & 1,2,3’s; family & community; music & rhyme; adventure; celebrations; and imagination.  Your children can watch animated versions of classic books such as Goodnight Gorilla and The Snowy Day and then read a related nonfiction eBook.  In addition each fiction-nonfiction pair features additional activities such as Puzzlers, Meet the Author, and Explore the Web.  Educator Tools are also provided such as detailed lesson plans and curriculum correlations.  BookFLIX can be accessed in the school library, in the classroom and by remote access at home or at the public library. Stay tuned for more information from INFOhio.