BABIES Story Time Theme

Babies…they are cute. And, they were the theme for this month’s Lion Cub Story Time!

I made a playlist on Spotify of songs about babies.

Name tags were bottle shaped.

I started with The Baby Goes Beep by O’Connell

Then I did this “Poor Little Baby” flannel board activity – when you click on the link, scroll down…it is the second one she talks about on the blog (I got both of my flannel board activities for this story time from the Libraryland blog, actually).

I read I Kissed the Baby by Murphy

We did the “Sweet Babies” flannel board activity from Libraryland. 

I read Shake It Up, Baby! by Katz (this book is really cute, by the way…I think I might have to buy it for my own baby). I gave my friends at story time maracas from the music teacher to shake along with the book.

We did an easy craft – bibs! Idea for craft (and for many of the books I read) came from this blog post. 

Our snack was Teddy Grahams…because what baby doesn’t like teddy bears?

There will still be Lion Cub Story Time while I am out on maternity leave. However, I left plans for themes that I have already done, so you already know about them! The BABIES theme was in honor of my own baby…arriving any day now (but, hopefully in two weeks…her parents still have some things to do ;) )

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 2.23.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In print:  Finished The List by Siobhan Vivian.  A quick YA read. Now reading OCD, The Dude, and Me by Vaughn. Written in journal format (along with essays that are class assignments). So far, so good! I’m also reading Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay by Wilder-Taylor.  I’m reading the eBook version. I don’t normally read eBooks (I’d rather print or audio), but I accidentally purchased it, thinking it was an audio book. I like it – very funny and very truthful. It is also turning my view of eBooks around…I have a lot of time to read them…didn’t think I did…but, instead of scrolling through Facebook and Instagram while waiting in lines and at appointments, I’m reading a book. So productive!

Listening to: None of my AV holds from the public library have come in yet, so I purchased Yes, Please by Poehler from iTunes. Loving it! I had tried to read the print version of this book a couple of weeks ago and could not get into it. Listening to it is a whole other story…Poehler reads it with guest stars and it is cracking me up.

What are you reading?

VBF

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Week 25

Week 25 was a short week for students – Monday was a teacher workday, so the day was spent in meetings and professional development.

5th graders continued Harlem Renaissance learning with a focus on the ART of the time period. We looked at different pieces of art and then turned up our Harlem Renaissance soundtrack and gave students a chance to paint in the same styles they had just learned about. They created murals using bright colors of paint…the murals look wonderful and are now hanging in the Learning Commons. Next week, we will wrap up everything we’ve learned with a “Cafe” and the sharing of poetry they wrote.

I read The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by Joyce to my South Carolina Picture Book Award classes (Kindergarten – 2nd grade). Depending on how much time I had with the class, we read the book and watched the movie. I love this book. And the movie (also available on iTunes). And the app. Next week, we vote for our favorite!

5th grade Media Technology students finished their “Favorite Time of Day” writings using the camera and Pages on the iPad.

Lion Cub Story Time was on Friday…since it is my last one for this school year (maternity leave starts in a week!!!), the theme was BABIES! Blog post coming soon!

We had another “book tasting” this week…this one was for a 3rd grade class who is starting an author study. I pulled books from popular authors and they rotated the books around to figure out which author they may want to learn more about. At the end of the book tasting, they had all selected an author to study.

A busy, but productive week! Next week will be more of the same…it is another short week (no school on Friday because we haven’t had to miss any days due to severe weather) and it is my LAST week! That snuck up on me QUICK!

How was your week?

VBF

 

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 2.16.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In print:  Finished the newly named Newbery Award Winner, The Crossover. VERY good (and sad) and a quick read. I’m in a little bit of a reading rut at the moment…I put some books on hold at the public library, so that should end soon. I bought one from Target the other day that looked interesting…I’m enjoying it – typical YA fiction – The List by Siobhan Vivian. 

Listening to: FINISHED The Goldfinch by Tartt. Very long, but very worth it. I don’t think I would have stuck with it had I tried to read the print version…this is why I love listening to books so much – I’ll often stick with something longer if I am listening to it. I tend to give up print quickly…anyways – I don’t have anything to listen to now – more on the way from the public library soon (I hope!)

What are you reading?

VBF

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Week 24

This week was Week 2 for the Harlem Renaissance Cafe with 5th grade. We focused on poetry this week. They listened to some poets and then started writing their own poetry (inspired by what they had listened to, of course).

I helped our Technology Integration Specialist and a 3rd grade teacher with an Author Study this week. Students picked an author and then researched their author using sites I selected and added to our school Symbaloo page. After researching the authors, they created a Tellagami or a Facetalker about their author using the iPads. You can see some of the finished projects here. 

I read That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems to my book award classes (K – 2). I shared a clip from a Buster Keaton movie with all K – 2 classes and talked about how this Willems book is like a silent movie. Kindergarten students wrote a recipe for soup after reading the book and checking out. If you’ve never read That is Not a Good Idea! – soup plays an important role in the story, so a soup recipe totally makes sense.

5th grade Media Technology students created avatars using the following websites: DoppelMe , Photos Share Avatar Generator, and Lego Yourself.  We talked about why it is a good idea to use avatars instead of real photographs online and then they had fun creating their virtual selves. I saw them two times this week, so we also started a series of lessons using the iPads…we are working on a writing about “our favorite time of day” using Pages on the iPad.

I also got to do another Book Tasting this week (scroll down to read about it)…this time with a 3rd grade class.

Busy, but overall, a great week!

How was your week?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 2.9.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In print:  Finished A Snicker of Magic by Lloyd…very magical. I enjoyed it and I think it would make a good read aloud for 3rd – 6th grade. There are lots of curriculum connections you could make with writing, I think. Good stuff! Started the newly named Newbery Award Winner, The Crossover last night. I like it so far – but, I’ve always liked novels that are written in a poetry format.

Listening to: STILL listening to The Goldfinch by Tartt. It’s a lot of CDs, guys.

What are you reading?

VBF

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Week 23

Week 23!

Monday was one of my most favorite days of the year – the day the ALA Youth Media Awards are announced! I like to watch it live, usually, but this year I had a class during most of the announcements…I did get to see the Caldecott and Newbery announcements live, so I was happy with that. You can check out the whole list of this year’s award winners here. 

I was with my 5th grade Media Technology class during the announcements – they were working on their last Digital Passport lesson (copyright). They also made their actual passports this week using Big Huge Labs Badge Maker (this is one of the rare weeks where I saw them twice). I’m happy to say that we have made it through our Digital Passport lessons and are ready to move on! I bet they would be happy to say that too.

The entire 5th grader started learning about the Harlem Renaissance this week with our Harlem Renaissance Cafe. Last year was the first year we did this and it was awesome, so we are doing it again! 5th graders will come in each week this month to learn about a different aspect of the Harlem Renaissance. This first week, we focused on music, dance, photographs, and books. You can read more details about the lesson here (from last year…we really are not changing much – kind of cracks me up that this is the same exact week, just last year! We are right on track! ).

Kindergarten – 2nd grade SC Book Award lessons focused on My First Day by Steve Jenkins. I read the book and then showed the video of how Steve Jenkins creates his illustrations (from his website). Kindergarten checked out books and then created their own Steve Jenkins-inspired art work using little pieces of paper they glued to a larger sheet of paper in the shape of an animal. 1st and 2nd graders just watched the video and kind of got a “book talk” and Library Catalog mini-lesson about Steve Jenkins books and where to find them in our library- there are so many! Lots of them are checked out of my library now :)

It’s a new month, so I sent out my February Learning Commons Newsletter.

And, since it is a new month, there are new things to do in our Makerspace! I have two laptops set up with Makey Makey – one laptop has a drumkit pulled up and the other has a piano (found them in Scratch). I have play-dough out that students can use to “play” the instruments with the Makey Makey. I put out a Rainbow Loom kit and this easy strawburst activity that I found on Pinterest. Students seemed to have a good time this first week with the activities! I know that they enjoy having things they can take back to the classroom with them.

Oh, and I made the decision to go ahead and work on renewing my National Board Certification. That’s a good idea during your last month of pregnancy, right?! ;)

How was your week?

VBF

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