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2017-2018 Digital Learning Grant Results

In 2017 MSD Decatur Township was awarded an Indiana Department of Education Digital Learning Grant. The grant funded the training of approximately 48 teachers on how to currate resources to create Open Education Resources to be used in their classrooms. The teachers receieved MacBooks in addition to the training to create their Open Education Resources in iBook Author. Below are the published books by the teachers. All books are available in the iBooks store and are free! We hope you find a topic and book that you can use. Moreover we hope you are inspired by these books to create your own Open Education Resources. 

OER/iBook 2017-2018        
Name School Grade Level Link to iBook in Apple's iBook Store Overview
Julie Huffman Blue 4 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/native-american-tribes-in-indiana/id1372113123?ls=1&mt=11 4th grade book covering Indiana standards on Native American Tribes
Lynzi Hanni Blue SPED https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ideas/id1374408988?ls=1&mt=11 This is a book for 5th grade about techniques that writers use to develop ideas for writing.
Shawn Powers Blue 5 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ideas/id1374408988?ls=1&mt=11 This is a book for 5th grade about techniques that writers use to develop ideas for writing.
Rachel Nesbit Blue 3 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reading-comprehension-strategies/id1374321152?ls=1&mt=11 This is a book for 3rd grade Reading Comprehension Strategies.
Aimee Hawley DCHS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/biology/id1376032078?mt=11 This book covers an intro to biology, including the questions of what is life and what is science. It covers microscopes, the chemistry of life, as well as atoms and elements.
Brian Nay DCHS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/possessive-nouns/id1376046697?mt=11 This is a life skills book dealing with possessive nouns.
Courtney Rogge DCHS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1374715084 GeoIED is a combination of Geometry with Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW). The course is taught as a project based course and includes six projects and three sections that are smaller problem based units. Our projects and problems will vary from year to year depending on needs within the school and community. This book is intended for project and problem roll outs and then it is to act as a workbook for students to keep notes and an engineering notebook.
Daryl Gibbs DCHS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/promotional-module/id1380336411?mt=11 This module is our unit on promoting our community garden. We used ideas from shark tank, news releases and the use of graphic organizers to compile our thoughts.
Emily Blue DCHS   http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1376566146 This ibook was made to pair with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It begins by having the students complete introductory activities about the American Dream and about the 1920s. Then, it continues with important literary terms and also has engaging projects and topics for class discussion that hit on important moments in the novel and major themes. The students will learn about tone and mood, narration, symbolism, the American Dream, characterization, and many other important topics.
Karen Harwood DCHS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/book-title/id1373792718?mt=11 This unit explores the all important foundations for geometry from 3d transformations to geometric terms and their applications. Hands-on activities will culminate in several projects ranging from the utilization of drawing tools to arts-based creations.
Kathleen Riley DCHS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shakespeares-hamlet/id1373838869?ls=1&mt=11 Part one of this book is an overview of Shakespeare's life and times. This includes important family information, political tensions, and literary choices Shakespeare made. Part two is the text of Hamlet, including sections condensed by me and sections left in full text.
Kevin Marler DCHS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/economics-handbook/id1376563260?mt=11 This iBook is intended as a handbook to accompany a high school level economics class. It serves as a collection of in class activities, discussion prompts, and voluntary reviews. It can also serve as a complement to lectures, a reference materials for students who missed a day of class, or for those students who need to re-encounter material for quiz/test review. This iBook is not intended to be a comprehensive textbook, as it omits a number of vital economic concepts that are more practical or conceptual in nature (i.e. supply and demand, etc.).
Nathaniel Shafer DCHS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/algebra-1a/id1378036223?mt=11 The sections in this book cover rational numbers, integer operations, order of operations, rational and irrational numbers, solving equations, and expressions.
Weston Heeren DCHS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lets-get-down-to-physics/id1374925887?ls=1&mt=13 "This is a supplemental OER textbook for a High School Physics course. This includes content with motion and kinematics, vectors and projectile motion, Newton's Laws and forces, momentum and energy, circular motion and relativity, atoms and simple harmonic motion, electricity and magnetism, and heat and waves. Each unit has descriptions, examples, and media content".
Elaina Gibbs DMS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/parts-of-a-sentence/id1385216075?ls=1&mt=13 Parts of a sentence.
Emily Lepore DMS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/responses/id1374049311?ls=1&mt=11 Constructed response questions can often be challenging and frustrating for students. RADDD is an acronym used in our building. R stands for restate, A for answer and D for details. This helps remind students of the main components of their response to the questions. It can easily be applied across all subject areas.
Erin Minnick DMS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/primary-sources/id1376765721?mt=11 This is an introductory lesson about primary source materials. It provides students with guidelines and strategies to use when analyzing a variety of primary sources, then allows them the opportunity to practice. It incorporates a jigsaw activity that the teacher can use as part of whole-group instruction, or students can simply work through the material independently. Reflection questions and formative assessment questions are included at the end.
Joan Tejchma DMS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/force-and-motion/id1372593961?mt=11 This book is an introduction to force and motion. It is intended for 7th grade science students. It follows 7th grade Indiana Science Standards.
John Hartwyk DMS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/parts-of-a-sentence/id1385216075?ls=1&mt=13

My book is an introduction to the globe and how we track location. In this book you will find vocabulary terms to help students use geographical location to locate places. This will also serve as a review for students throughout the year.

Rachel Johnson DMS 8 http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1384595024

Middle school teachers often tell students that they need to start getting ready for life beyond middle school, whether that is high school, college, or a career. But what does "getting ready” for these next steps really mean? In this unit, students use the included resources to research the 10 skills that have been suggested by teachers as necessary for success for life after middle school. They will teach the skill they researched to their peers and reflect on how important they believe each of the skills are for their future success.

Thomas Iliff DMS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/scientific-method/id1385687040?ls=1&mt=13 This is an intro into the scientific method. There are the steps involved as well as science standards.
Tiffany Murray DMS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/nouns/id1372915446?mt=13 This is a short unit on the four types of nouns. A teacher-made Powtoon video and Interactive student exercises are embedded within the textbook.
Dennis Massengil DMS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/algebra-2/id1374302482?ls=1&mt=11 The lessons covered are the basics of algebra 2 to get students started into the course. It is almost all algebra 1 review material to get students motivated into algebra 2.
David Caliguiri DMS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/grammar/id1389817505?ls=1&mt=11 In this book you will learn the basic building blocks of the grammatically correct sentence. It begins with the characteristics of different clauses, and moves into the three main sentence types: the simple, the compound, and the complex sentence. Each section has review questions to check your understanding of these types of sentences. Also included are some mnemonic devices to help you remember certain aspects of the sentence types and the words that make each type unique. Mastering your understanding of the three main sentence types will help you become a more effective writer and communicator.
Katie Smith DMS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/algebra/id1378036562?mt=11 This chapter for Algebra focuses on systems of equations and solving systems of equations. All of the content is embedded in a real-world, cross-curricular context. Included in the chapter are teacher resources and student notes, practice opportunities, and assessments for all three different ways to solve systems. The note sheets follow the widely accepted practice of "I do, We do, You do." The practice resources offer individual, partner, and group learning activities and components. The assessments are formative and summative. Additionally, there are clearly defined application pieces that correlate to the over-arching project.
Nate Bingham DMS   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/raddd/id1374903649?ls=1&mt=11 This lesson contains content on how to properly write an effective RADDD response. Students will learn how to properly restate the question being asked. They will also learn how to properly answer the question. Finally, students will learn what is considered relevant details and how they can use their details to enhance their answer. The lesson contains guided practice, independent practice, and an exit ticket.
Jeryn Crouch DTSE   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/geometry-a/id1370489204?ls=1&mt=13 This book contains information for the first unit of the first semester of Geometry.
Laurie Sheldrake DTSE   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/book-title/id1373874877?ls=1&mt=11 This is a supplement to an Integrated Chemistry and Physics course.
Jessica Hopkins Gold 3 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/earth-materials/id1372935336?ls=1&mt=11 This book is about Rocks and Minerals. In Indiana, 3rd grade students are expected to read nonfiction text and get information from that text. This book was designed with that in mind. The subject of this book was intentionally chosen to meet science and reading standards for the state of Indiana.
Karissa Hartwyk Gold 4 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/native-american-tribes-in-indiana/id1372113123?ls=1&mt=11 4th grade book covering Indiana standards on Native American Tribes
Sarah Cesnik-kight Gold 3 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/compare-and-contrast/id1372105717?ls=1&mt=11 If you are looking for a fun, free, interactive way to teach compare and contrast at a second grade level, you found it! This ibook contains texts, along with compare and contrast mini lessons to introduce the skill of comparing on a primary level.
Amy Lahrman LEE K https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/alphabet-blocks/id1374481134?ls=1&mt=11 This is an interactive book that is meant to supplement the Jack Hartmann letter sound song. In this interactive book, students are able to click on an uppercase letter. Once they click on the uppercase letter, they are shown the lowercase version of that same letter. If they click on the lowercase letter, they are shown a picture of the corresponding letter sound object. For example, if you click on A, you are then shown the lowercase a, and then you are shown a picture of an alligator. This is meant to be an interactive book for preschoolers or kindergarteners.
Lauren Mills
Casey Nichols
Alyssa Casselman
LEE K https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/phonemic-awareness/id1376030642?mt=11 This is a book for preschool and/or kindergarten students. It contains rhyming words, single sounds, blend onset & rime, segment onset & rime, and blend phonemes.
Kim Edwards LEE K https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/insects/id1375710856?mt=11 Insects a Preschool Mini Theme suggests ideas for circle time activities and station time activities to do with preschool aged children about insects. There is a quiz at the end which can be used on the big screen for the entire class to do together.
Christy Tapp LEE K http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383422330
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383381308
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383426541
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383423524
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383384722
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383378409
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383383079
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383424626
This is a series of books intended to help teach kindergarteners sight words.
Kellie Compton LEE K http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383314166
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383312211
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383313324
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383316551
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383351847
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383327689
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383307496
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383318155
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383321674
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383370269
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383349907
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383358913
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383315371
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1383324710
This is a series of books intended to help teach kindergarteners sight words.
Stefanie Husejnovic LEE K http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1385248040
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1385245753
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1385243137
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1385241988
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1385239124
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1385234551
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1385237558
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1385229244
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1385225798
This is a series of books intended to help teach kindergarteners sight words.
Lindsey Lyons SD 5 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ideas/id1374408988?ls=1&mt=11 This is a book for 5th grade about techniques that writers use to develop ideas for writing.
Samantha Rutherford SD 6 http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1382916006 This book helps students understand different types of writing for different purposes. The style of writing one would use to text message someone is very different than one would use to write a letter requesting an interview for a job.
 
Michelle Schoettle SD 3 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reading-comprehension-strategies/id1374321152?ls=1&mt=11 This is a book for 3rd grade Reading Comprehension Strategies.
Lisa Jaynes SD 4 http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1382889944
Monument Circle in Indianapolis is one of the most iconic places in Indiana, but do you know its history? Learn how this 3-acre plot of land has transformed from a wooded forest to the urban plaza it is today. Written for 4th-6th graders, the ebook includes many interactive elements to engage readers and enhance comprehension.
Randi Tolentino Tech   http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1370406601 A guidebook for teachers who are interested in learning more about Open Education Resources.
Ashley Reed VM 3 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reading-comprehension-strategies/id1374321152?ls=1&mt=11 This is a book for 3rd grade Reading Comprehension Strategies.
Jennifer Keller VM 5 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/figurative-language/id1374526652?ls=1&mt=11 An interactive introduction to figurative language for elementary student
Randa Klotz VM 3 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reading-comprehension-strategies/id1374321152?ls=1&mt=11 This is a book for 3rd grade Reading Comprehension Strategies.
Sarah Hoffmann VM Sped https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1375021435 This book is the first in a series of that addresses phonics skills in a systematic, interactive, and routine fashion. Each module includes multiple forms of practice with the skill being covered, including sound identification, manipulation, and application of skill at the word and sentence level.
Amanda Hofmeister WN 4 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/compare-and-contrast/id1372105717?ls=1&mt=11 If you are looking for a fun, free, interactive way to teach compare and contrast at a second grade level, you found it! This ibook contains texts, along with compare and contrast mini lessons to introduce the skill of comparing on a primary level.
Kay Washer WN 6 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/plagiarism/id1374072464?ls=1&mt=11 This book was written to inform students about the different forms of plagiarism and how to recognize them.
Kimberly Barrett WN 5 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ideas/id1374408988?ls=1&mt=11 This is a book for 5th grade about techniques that writers use to develop ideas for writing.
Susan Keene WN 3 https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/going-batty/id1368671161?ls=1&mt=11 Learn about all the unique characteristics that bats display. Readers will also learn about the differences and similarities of the two major types of bats. Quizzes and online videos are included.