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  • Reliable Information

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/30/2020 9:00:00 AM

    What is reliable information?  It is information that you can trust to be factual, current and non biased.  How do we tell if information is reliable or trustworthy?  The first step is the who. 

    Who wrote the information?  Many times students say if it is a .org, a .edu or a .gov you can trust it.  If it is a .com you cannot.  I don't agree with that.  What if the .edu you are using was written by a 2nd grade student?  Maybe it is a smart 2nd grade student, but do you want to trust your grade to a second grade student?  Same thing with a .org.  All that means is that the author of the website is an organization, which can be biased or it can be a company that wants to sell you something. 

    So how do we know the who?  We research it.  Look around the website, is there a person's name?  If no name, an organization?  An organization can be a who as well.  If there is, open up a new tab and research the person or organization.  Are they an expert on your topic?  For example, a Medical Doctor (MD) is a great person for health information.  Research the who until you find out if you can trust them for your subject, that is important.  A doctor may be a great source for health information, but maybe not such a great source for baseball tips.  

    If you are looking for information on the best baseball glove, you would want to find someone who plays baseball.  In this instance, be careful they are not trying to sell you something.  For example, Rawlings would tell you that their gloves are the best, even if Wilson has a better glove.  Check both sources, Rawlings and Wilson to find out what they have to say.  This is called bias- when they are trying to influence you to feel or think a certain way.  Of course Rawling wants you to like them best, so you buy their gloves! 

    When you are researching, for school or for personal reasons, be a responsible researcher.  Consider the source, make sure you trust them, if not, move on and find another source!

    How to Know If a Source Is Reliable by Shmoop

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  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/26/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Right now I am reading a nonfiction book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind about a boy who built a windmill in his hometown in Africa.  He did this using books and scrap parts (trash!) he found in a junkyard.  It made me think of the Robotics Club.  I bet you all could build a windmill!  Let me know if any of you build one!

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  • Primary Sources- Journaling

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/24/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Primary Sources are first hand accounts of an event.  Some examples are: 

    • Speeches
    • Newspaper articles from the time
    • Oral history
    • Photographs
    • Journals, diaries and letters.

    Most of the time, we use primary sources for our research. This is because they allow you to interpret the information instead of using information that has been interpreted by someone else.  But right now you have the opportunity to create a primary source. 

    Consider keeping a journal during this time.  The article in the link has some options for getting started (about halfway down) Journal Article.

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  • Virtual Franklin Institute

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/23/2020 8:00:00 AM

    One of my favorite museums is the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.  They are offering virtual activities, check them out: 

    Link to Virtual Activities

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  • Does anyone sew?

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/21/2020 2:00:00 PM

    If you sew and have 100% tightly woven cotton at home, you can help out by making masks.  Here are the directions: 

    How to Make a Face Mask


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  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/20/2020

    I just finished (five minutes ago!) reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Allaire Saenz.  It is a Prinz Honor book about an angry boy named Aristotle who has a brother in prison and parents who won't talk about him.  He meets, Dante, a happy, know it all who becomes his best friend.  It is a great book about finding out who you are and embracing yourself. 

    As the publisher says: "Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be."

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  • Classics- Free in ebook Format

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/19/2020 8:30:00 AM

    For access to free Classics, check out https://www.gutenberg.org/.  You don't need any special software (like an app) or a special device (like a Kindle or Nook); you  just download and read.  I have also added it to our ebook resources on the right.  They have over 60,000 books! The Gutenberg project gives people free access to classic books.  A book is a classic when it has stood the test of time.  For example, Shakespeare wrote his books years ago, but they are still relevant today.  In A Midsummer Night's Dream, all the problems are caused by gossip, he said, she said.  Even though the book was written 500 years ago, most people, even now, can relate to gossip. 

    The Gutenberg Project is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the printing press.  Many view Gutenberg as the father of the book.  Without Gutenberg, books would have been printed so easily and only the very wealthy would have access.  

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  • What are you Reading?

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/18/2020 8:00:00 AM

    When I heard that we might be out of school, I decided to set a goal.  My goal is to read nonfiction books. At the beginning of the year, all the students were reading Nonfiction books.  To prepare for next year, to give book talks, I have been reading nonfiction and adding to the collection.  I am currently reading one of the new books called Girl Code:  Gaming, Going Viral and Getting it Done.  

    Set your own goal and check out the ebook sites! 


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  • Jackson Public Library Reading Challenge

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/17/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Jackson Public Library 

    Earn badges by reading, click on this link to join:  Jackson Public Library Teen Reads 2020

    Check this out.  Create an account and start earning badges.  We may even have prizes at school when you get back!

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  • First Day of Remote Learning

    Posted by Bridgit Valgenti on 3/16/2020 7:30:00 AM

    Hello CMMS Students- 

    I hope that you are all well.  Welcome to the first day of remote learning.  Remember to keep reading during this time.  I hope that you all brought a frew books home with you (I know I did!).  If you need more books, please check out the resources to the right for electronic books.  You can get them from our library or the public.  

    Don't know what to read?  Ask me.  Send me an email.  Tell me the last book your read that you liked.  Never liked a book?  What do you like to do?  We will find you a book.  

    Having trouble with technology?  I can help out, I still have all the passwords.  I am also good with Google Classroom, let me know what you need.  Mrs. Valgenti's Email. 

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  • Electronic Access to Books: 

    Christa McAuliffe eBook Collection

     Click here to access the Library Catalog  

    Click on Sign in- use your Student Id as both the Username and Password


    Your search screen will look like this.  Type in ebook. Be careful not to type in ebooks (there will be less results).  Find a book and click open. If someone else is reading it, it will say checked out. 


     Video Instructions to Access eBooksHow to get an ebook

    Jackson Public Library eBook

    “Even when the library is closed, you can still borrow & enjoy your favorite books. Free downloads of audio books & eBooks to your favorite devices including the Kindle are now available 24/7. This database is provided through funding from the Ocean County Library”

    Link to eBooks at Jackson Public Library

    Gutenberg Project

    The Gutenberg Project provides access to 60,000 free ebooks.  You don't need any special software (apps) or hardware (like a Kindle or Nook).  Just download and read. 



    Any problems?  Email Mrs. Valgenti and she will help you out!



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