#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 1.26.15

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 Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Herrera.  I loved the main character…she’s spunky. Good book for 5th – 8thish. Just started A Snicker of Magic by Lloyd…so far, so good!

Listening to: The Goldfinch by Tartt. This one will take me awhile…

What are you reading?

VBF

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Week 21

Short week! Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

5th grade Media Technology students worked through lessons 2 and 3 of Digital Passport (Privacy and Cyber-bullying).

South Carolina Picture Book Award Lessons were centered around Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. After reading the book, each grade level did a little something different…Kindergarten created a poster “exclaiming” a favorite activity or special talent (idea from this blog); 1st graders sorted words and sentences based on what sort of punctuation they should have on the SMARTBoard; and 2nd graders put together a tangram puzzle of an exclamation mark or question mark. Got that from here. 

My Technology Integration Specialist and I started a little small group research with 1st graders. They picked an animal they want to learn more about and then started finding facts about that animal in books. We’ll see them once a week for the next few weeks. They will continue their research next time they come in…

The rest of the week was spent planning for upcoming lessons and events – 100th Day Celebration with Kindergarten, Harlem Renaissance Literacy Cafe with 5th grade; Author Study Research with a 3rd grade class; Book Taste with a 4th grade class and more! My last few weeks of school are going to be busy, busy, busy! And, that’s GOOD ;)

How was your week?

VBF

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SNOW Story Time Theme

I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I’m not going to deny that snow days aren’t fun and a nice unexpected break, but I do love to stick to my regular schedule and when I get thrown off of it (like my gym isn’t open or I can’t get to the grocery store to run my errands), I get a little upset. BUT, I do love watching my dogs run in the snow and listening to the quiet of the world when you wake up to find that it has snowed overnight…so nice! When I was planning this Story Time, we had had a few very cold and wet days…no snow, but it felt that it was a very real possibility. The day of this Story Time, however, the high was 70 degrees. That’s life in South Carolina for you ;)

Here’s what we did…even if it was a little warm to “think snow.”

Nametags looked like snowballs (easy circles).

Played a snowman themed playlist on Spotify as they walked in and looked for books to check out.

Started with Frozen Noses by Carr

Told a snowflake cut and tell story from this blog. 

Read All you Need for a Snowman by Schertle

Played a little snowman ball toss! My ball toss looks just like this ball toss! 

Read No Two Alike by Baker

For the craft, they made snowman bookmarks (or puppets…whatever you want to do with them!) When you click on the link, scroll down to find the snowman puppets. There are a ton of other great ideas on this blog post too.

Snack was a baggie with instant hot chocolate, a snowman peep marshmallow and some extra mini-marshmallows for good measure!

We had SNOW much FUN!

VBF

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Week 20

Week 20!

I kicked off my “Book Award Blitz” lessons with K – 2 and reminded all 3 – 5 students about the book award program. In South Carolina, we vote for our favorite book award nominee at the end of February, and I was noticing that the excitement for the books was waning (a lot of them were checked IN!) That’s all changed now ;) With K – 2, I read Z is for Moose by Bingham. I love that crazy moose. With my Kindergarten classes, we played this Building Blocks game after we read the book.

5th grade Media Technology students started their Digital Passport lessons.

So, I think I’ve mentioned that I put together a 5th grade Student Book Budget Committee. I was inspired by the wonderful Andy Plemmons (read what he did here). They started meeting at the beginning of November. We met two days a week during their lunch and recess time. They survived students in K – 5, met with a book vendor, looked through catalogs, browsed our Book Fair for new books, and suggested some of their own favorites that were missing from our library. They had a budget of $1000 and they submitted a list of their suggestions to me. I placed the order and it came in this week. On Thursday, we uploaded the records to our library catalog and on Friday, they sorted the books and created a display for the books. They did an AWESOME job!

I presented (with some awesome Greenville librarians) about Makerspaces at a Greenville LMS professional development session on Thursday (via a Google Hangout).

Friday was STORY TIME! The theme was snow…it’s been so cold that when I was planning the Story Time, I thought we might actually get some snow. The day of Story Time? The high was almost 70. Silly. Story Time blog post coming soon!

That was my week! How was your week?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 1.19.15

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: I started and did not finish a number of books last week. I just couldn’t get into them. I finally found one, though, that is keeping my attention – Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Herrera.  I love the main character…she’s spunky.

Listening to: Finally decided to give The Goldfinch by Tartt a try. I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to pick this one up. It’s good!

What are you reading?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 1.12.15

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: This Star Won’t Go Out by Earl. This book breaks your heart. It is about teenager, Esther Earl (actually, it is BY Esther Earl and her parents and friends). Esther was a Nerdfighter and very active on social networks. While The Fault in Our Stars by Green was already written (or in progress) when Green learned about and met Earl…you can see a lot of similarities between the main character of FIOS and Esther. I’ve been putting off reading this book and I wish I hadn’t. It’s good.

Listening to: Finished the Andy Cohen Diaries by Cohen last week. I was so sad for it to end! It had all of my favorite stuff – Bravo, gossip, Housewives, Andy Cohen, dogs…so good! And, even better, it was read by Andy Cohen. Now I’m listening to Girl Online by Zoe Sugg – not the most thought provoking story, just your average teenage love story. But, it’s cute. I’m enjoying it. Apparently, the author is some sort of internet “sensation” for teens? I’ve never heard of her, but I’m old, so there you go. I’m following her blog now! 

What are you reading?

VBF

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Week 19

Happy New Year!

Week 19 was a short week that felt like a really long week. I’m not sure how that happens…

We were off on Monday, so that day was spent on the couch with my dogs for one last day. On Tuesday, we had a Teacher Workday, so our students weren’t even back yet and I spent that day planning for the upcoming couple of weeks and continuing to work on my Long Term Sub Plans (my last day is February 27ish, which feels like it will be here VERY SOON! And that means that a BABY will be here VERY SOON. CRAZY!)

I only saw 2 of my Kindergarten classes this week. I did my favorite lesson for the New Year with them – talking about New Year’s Resolutions, learning about Charles Atlas (I read the book Strong Man: The Story of Charles Atlas by Megan McCarthy), and some exercising with Slim Goodbody and Deskercise to get us started with healthy habits in the new year.

I saw my new group of 5th grade Media Technology students for the first time on Friday. We did “about me” Tagxedos. They all finished! In one class period! That is a first…so proud.

I planned a Makerspace PD I am doing (along with a couple of other LMS) for the Greenville County Library Media Specialists next week. And, speaking of Makerspaces, our new Makerspace Moments began this week. In honor of the 100th day of school (coming up at the end of this month), the NPES Makerspace has activities that are all centered around building things using 100 items – 100 LEGOS, 100 cups, 100 marshmallows and toothpicks, etc.

The January Learning Commons Newsletter went out this week…and, the rest of the week was spent continuing to plan for upcoming events and lessons…how was your week?

VBF

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