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Google Books libraries and shelves are great tools for personal use, but think of the possibilities for the classroom for creative exploratory activities

Ideas for Using Shelves

  • Publish a shelf of required books and a shelf of recommended books for your class
  • Publish a shelf that corresponds to a physical shelf of books in your classroom or school library
  • Deep Skimming: each student is assigned one book from the shelf to browse for one hour and report to the class
  • Assign students to make a shelf of useful books they found on their topic.
  • Assign students to make a shelf of books on their topic with annotations on their quality and usefulness for their project.
  • Assign students to make a shelf of books referenced or cited in an assigned book, with annotations about how they’re used or referenced by the author.

Ideas for Assigned Shelf Searches

  • Find the best definition or explanation of a term
  • Find and compare three uses of a vocabulary word
  • Find three interesting historical details behind a historical event
  • Find and compare three references to an object or artifact
  • See these sample shelf searches

Ideas for Open Shelf Searches

  • Answer a series of assigned questions by searching and browsing this shelf.
  • Report three insights you learned from searching and browsing this shelf for your topic, and how you found them.
  • Find and analyze conflicting opinions or accounts about this topic or event.
  • Find three quotations of historical figures by searching and browsing this shelf.
  • Find three examples of dialogue that is used to tell a story or illustrate an idea.
  • See more sample searches 
  • See an example assignment

 

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