2014 – 2015 Week 10

WEEK 10!

This week, my Kindergarten classes participated in Read for the Record. I do this every year…this year, the book was Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells. We learned about the author/illustrator and then we read the book. After reading Bunny Cakes, students worked in pairs to “bake and decorate” a cake for someone they care about using the free Cake Maker! app on the iPad. Some of them made very cute cakes.

The 1st grade class who is participating in the Global Read Aloud had a week off because their partner class is on Fall Break. We’ll be back in the swing of things with Ish by Peter Reynolds soon.

5th grade Media Technology students started learning about Garageband on the iPads. Our Technology Integration Specialist led them through this lesson. We had them record a poem or joke from some Halloween/Fall books I pulled and then add music to their recording. No one finished, so we’ll be working on that the next time we meet too.

A 3rd grade class that is participating in the Global Read Aloud tested out KidBlogs on Thursday. Their teacher posted a question for them to answer as a comment on her blog. They each have their own log in, so we hope to move on to the kids maybe having their own blogs and perhaps commenting on posts from kids who are reading the same book.

On Friday, I headed to St. Paul, MN for the SLJ Leadership Summit. This “conference” deserves its own post, so that will be coming soon.

How was your week?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 10.27.14

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: Thanks to some air travel fun this weekend (I went to the SLJ Leadership Summit – SUCH A GREAT CONFERENCE! More on that in another post), I had some time to catch up on reading. So, I finished A Tangle of Knots by Graff. Really enjoyed this book. Graff is becoming a favorite author of mine! I also read Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. LOVED IT! I’m a big fan of HBO’s Girls, so if you like that show and Dunham’s other work, you will love it too.

Listening to: Still listening to Gone Girl by Flynn. Keeping me in my car. Always.

What are you reading?

VBF

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Pumpkin Story Time Theme

The October Lion Cub Story Time theme was PUMPKINS (an old favorite)

We listened to my Pumpkin Theme Story Time Playlist on Spotify.

We had pumpkin nametags.

I read Creepy Carrots by Reynolds.

We read and acted out the board book, Pumpkin Faces by Rose.

We played “pumpkin toss.” I made a big pumpkin on a science fair tri-fold board and cut out eyes, a nose, and a mouth. The Lion Cubs tried to throw beans bags into the holes.

I read The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Williams (with all the movements)

I did my favorite cut and tell story about a little old lady who lives in a funny shaped house.

Our craft was  making a pumpkin using pony beads and pipe cleaners. The idea came from this blog. 

The snack was a Little Debbie pumpkin brownie.

So fun!

VBF

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2014 – 2015 Week 9

Week 9! The first 9 weeks is OVER?! Report cards go home soon? That’s just crazy.

5th grade Media Technology students spent the week writing a “favorite time of day” piece using the Pages app on the iPad. First, they had to take a picture of a clock or watch (or find a picture online) showing their favorite time of day and then insert it into a blank Pages document. Then, they had to write about that time of day. Of course, we got a lot of “My favorite time of day is 2:20pm because that is when we are dismissed and I can go home.” I think this is a good assignment, however, because they learn about the camera, Pages, changing fonts, etc.

I started telling my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders about the South Carolina Children’s Book Award nominees this week. In the past, I have given them a challenge of some sort (for example, read 15 book award nominees and get invited to a party at the end of the year). This year, I am not doing that. I am sharing the list simply as good books they might like to read. Our school is doing a “Readers are Leaders” challenge (based on Donalyn Miller’s 40 Book Challenge), so I told them the books they read can go towards that. Of course, now we can’t keep those books checked in! A good problem to have!

For my 1st grade class participating in the Global Read Aloud, we read I’m Here by Peter Reynolds. We wrote about our favorite thing to do in the Fall and then made paper airplanes out of our writing to send to our new friends in Colorado.

Kindergarten wrapped up learning about Mo Willems.

On Thursday, we had our own Cardboard Challenge “Arcade.” The 5th graders who had been building games and things for the Global Cardboard Challenge got to present them to classes who came into the library on Thursday morning. It was a fun and busy morning. Lots of kids came in to see the 5th grader’s creations and we all had a great time!

How was your week?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 10.20.14

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: A Tangle of Knots by Graff. Loving this story! I started it on Saturday, so I am not too far into it yet, but it is very good so far.

Listening to: Finally started Gone Girl by Flynn. For the longest time, I thought I had tried to read this book before, but couldn’t get into it…I clearly was thinking of the wrong book. I am really enjoying it and it makes me want to stay in my car to listen to what happens next. The husband killed her, right?! (Don’t tell me!)

What are you reading?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 10.13.14

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: Still reading The Red Thread Sisters by Peacock .

Listening to: Still listening to Mindset by Dweck.

No changes from last week! It was a busy week – I did not have a ton of time to catch up on my reading :(

What are you reading?

VBF

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2014 – 2015 Week 8

This week was more Global Cardboard Challenge with my 5th graders and during Makerspace Moments, as well as more Mo Willems with Kindergarten.

A couple of classes at my school started participating in the Global Read Aloud this week. I am working directly with a 1st grade class (we are doing a Peter H. Reynolds author study). We read The North Star by Reynolds on Monday and then students wrote about and drew a picture of what they want to be when they grow up. We have connected with a Kindergarten class in Colorado and on Thursday, we Skyped with them to meet them and to hear about what they want to be when they grow up. We will continue our connection throughout GRA – I’m looking forward to it!

5th grade Media Technology students are finally finished with Digital Passport stuff. This week, we used the app Doodle Buddy to create online posters for our upcoming Fall Festival. You can take a look at them here. We also produced the first podcast of the year. Right now, I am writing the script and just grabbing a couple of early finishers to read it. After they learn about Garageband, it is my hope that they will take over the podcast and do it themselves. We shall see!

On Friday, we celebrated Auggie’s birthday! Auggie is the main character in Wonder. I have two 3rd grade classes who are reading it as their classroom read aloud right now and we had birthday parties for Auggie on Friday. We listened to music from the book (I created a Spotify playlist); we ate Rice Krispy Treats (very allergy friendly); and we wrote kind things about each other on a Wonder form. I celebrated last year with a class and I’m so glad we could do it again this year! Kids LOVE LOVE LOVE that book (so do I)!

On Saturday, we participated in the 3rd Annual Star Wars READS Day! Each year, a few schools in my district get together to plan Star Wars READS Day. We hold our celebration at a local educational toy store. We encourage kids to dress up, we have snacks, there is story time, and Star Wars characters even show up for pictures! It is a lot of fun each year. You can check out pictures here. 

It was a busy, but FUN week! How was your week?

VBF

 

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