Week 26 – my LAST WEEK (for now)!

Week 26 was a whirlwind – it was my last week before maternity leave and a short week for students and teachers (there was no school on Friday). Somehow, we got everything in…I think!

Kindergarten – 5th grade voted for their favorite South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee and South Carolina Children’s Book Award Nominee. The NPES winners are That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems and Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli.  State winners will be announced at the Annual SCASL Conference in just a couple of weeks!

5th graders wrapped up Harlem Renaissance lessons with a “cafe.” We ate red beans and rice, cornbread, and lemonade while we looked at pictures from the past month, listened to music from the Harlem Renaissance, shared poetry students had written, and looked at the murals each class made last week. I think this unit was a success!

5th grade Media Technology learned about Garageband on the iPads. They will continue that learning into next week.

I hosted two more “book tastings.” A 4th grade teacher wanted a Picture Book Book Tasting. This is my favorite one to do, I think. Once students get into about 3rd grade, they seem to want to move out of the Everybody Fiction section (that is what I call my picture book section) and they only want to check out chapter books. I LOVE picture books and there are SO MANY that are better for older readers than for little guys and that’s what I tell my upper grade levels when they do things like Book Tastings. There were lots of picture books checked out afterwards, so hopefully, they will continue checking them out. I also hosted another Non-Fiction Book Tasting for a 3rd grade class. Book Tastings are like Musical Chairs, except instead of the kids moving, the books move. A good way to introduce new books.

I Skyped South Africa with two 5th grade classes this week. I signed up to be a part of The Traveling Rhinos Project over the summer at ISTE. This project’s goal is to share with students information about endangered animals, in particular, rhinos. It is hosted by Karen Stadler and is a very cool project. We hosted one of five stuffed rhinos. My 5th grade teacher taught her students about endangered animals earlier in the school year, so she revisited that lesson and students did a little bit of independent research to come up with questions to ask Mrs. Stadler during our Skype. We spent about 20 minutes with her on Wednesday morning. It was informative and I think the students really got something out of it – they asked lots of good questions. The plan is for them to brainstorm some things they can do to help the rhinos. Our rhino has been sent on to the next location…I’m interested to see how long this project goes on for!

I sent out my March newsletter and got ready to say good bye (for now) to my school family! My last day was Thursday…I am now on maternity leave, which is strange! There is no baby (yet), but she is going to come any day now. I’ll still update the blog, but it may turn into more of a “mommy blog” than a lessons/library blog. I do have a long term sub coming in, but she is a retired librarian and I did not really leave “lesson plans” for her for each week…she knows what she’s doing, so I’m not going to be doing weekly lesson updates here. Also, I’m not sure how interesting what I’m doing for the next few months is going to be to others (sat on the couch and nursed, listened to my baby cry, watched my baby sleep…that’s about what I’ll be doing, right? This is my first time!)…but, stay tuned!

VBF

 

 

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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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