#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 9.29.14

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: I’ve been on a graphic novel kick – I just finished the fantastic El Deafo by Bell and am now reading Comic Squad: Recess! 

Listening to: Taking a break from Twerp by Goldblatt I was enjoying it…but, when I got in my car, I wasn’t looking forward to reading it. I need to pop it in again and finish it.

What are you reading?

VBF

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2014 – 2015 Week 6 – Makerspace Moments!

Week 6 was messy – in a GREAT way!

We kicked off Makerspace Moments this week. Makerspace Moments are scheduled times that classroom teachers can send students to the library to learn, explore, and create. Each month, I will have a “focus” activity that students can try, along with a couple of old favorites. The September/October focus is CARDBOARD! My school district participates in the Global Cardboard Challenge Day of Play on October 11. Students in my district are encouraged to make something out of cardboard and bring it in that day. Kind of like a science fair, but with cardboard. So, in the Makerspace this month, we have cardboard, glue, tape, and lots of other supplies to spark their creativity. There is also origami paper and origami “how to” books set out, as well as some rainbow loom bands and a loom. We had a total of around 25 kids come to the Makerspace throughout the week. It was great! Check out pictures here. 

Speaking of the Global Cardboard Challenge, I also started working with a 5th grade class this week…helping them get ready to participate. Same idea as above, but I moved everything out into the library so that we would have more space to work. They watched part of the Caine’s Arcade video, learned about the event, and then brainstormed things they might like to create. They sketched their ideas on paper and then got to work. They will come in 2 more times before October 11 (as well as during recess or whenever they get some free time). Check out pictures here. 

To celebrate the kick off of Makerspace Moments, I also hosted my first Make Shop for Teacher’s Kids this week. We have a lot of teachers with kids who go to my school (and they are always there for awhile after school each day). I needed to offer a workshop on Sugru sometime in September…so, I thought that they would be a perfect audience! I was given supplies for this workshop by Instructables (they offer contests to libraries and schools). All I had to do was host an event using Sugru and then write at least 3 Instructables using the product. I got 3 volunteers from the kids who showed up and as they worked, we wrote down their step by step directions (using a template I created) and took pictures. I typed up the Instructable the next day using their words and the pictures I took. It was a lot of fun and I hope to offer more Make Shops throughout the school year! Check out pictures here and the Instructables here. 

In addition to “messy” fun, we had regular fun this week too. I did my favorite lesson about using your 5 senses with my Kindergarten classes and I tried to wrap up my Digital Passport lessons with my 5th graders. Our schedule has been very wonky lately, so I haven’t been able to do everything I want to do. We are running behind, but we’ll catch up and get to the fun stuff in Media Tech soon enough!

How was your week?

VBF

PS – Lucky and Mozzy have more news to share! It’s a girl! girl

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Lion Cub Story Time – BOOK Theme – 2014

Our first Lion Cub Story Time was on Friday, September 12 and the theme was books and reading!

  • I have a Book/Reading Theme Story Time playlist on Spotify that I played before story time started.
  • We had book shaped name tags.
  • I read Dinosaur Vs The Library by Shea.
  • Then, I read Mr. Wiggles Book. As I was reading the book, I had props out that Mr. Wiggles mentions in the story (crayons, jelly, stamp pad, etc.). As I read about each thing, my Lion Cub (I had one show up this time!) put the prop back in Mr. Wiggles box.
  • We had a “SHAKE BREAK” with GoNoodle.
  • I read Read It, Don’t Eat It by Schoenherr
  • Then it was craft time! I had paper, crayons, markers, and stickers out for making BOOK MARKS.
  • Finally, snack was gummy worms (book worms)!

We had fun – hope more Lion Cubs come next time :)

VBF

 

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2014 – 2015 Week 5 DOT DAY!

Week 5 was all about The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds!

This is the second year my Art Teacher and I have worked together on this week and I LOVE it. She’s amazing. Students created art inspired by The Dot with her during art class and we are displaying that art in the library for the next few weeks. You can check out some pictures here.

In addition to what students were doing in art class, we had some Dot inspired things happening in the Learning Commons too. As 1st – 5th grade classes came in for library book checkout, they were able to explore the following “centers”:

  • Spin Art – I had 4 salad spinners, paper dots, and paint. Students could put some paint on their dot and stick it in the salad spinner and spin. The dots were beautiful! I was inspired by this blog post.
  • 3D Dots – I had a large sheet of bulletin board paper rolled out on top of one of my bookcases all week. As students came in, they were encouraged to use crayons and markers to “make their mark.” On Friday, we cut the paper in half and then made two large 3D dots! To make the dots, we folded the paper in half again and stapled two sides to make a bag. Then, students stuffed the bag with newspaper. We rubber banded the top (kind of like you would do with a garbage bag) and then we had our two 3D dots! Love them! I got the idea for this one from this blog post (scroll down a little bit to find it).

Dots: The Game on iPads – This was a repeat from last year. Kids love this game!

My Kindergarten classes had different centers:

We had a GREAT week!

How did you celebrate Dot Day?

VBF

 

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 9.22.14

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: Mr. Terupt Falls Again by Buyea I LOVED Because of Mr. Terupt and I was excited to finally start reading the sequel. I’m enjoying it, but I do feel it’s more for middle school readers, so my students who loved Mr. Terupt as much as I did will have to wait until middle school to get their hands on it.

Listening to: Twerp by Goldblatt Enjoying this one so far – it is a class bully reading the journal that his teacher makes him write. Takes place in the 1960’s and for some reason makes me think of the movie, Stand By Me. I imagine all of the characters looking like those kids.

What are you reading?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 9.15.14

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: Capture the Flag by Messner. I’m enjoying this one. It is about a group of kids who are trying to solve a stolen flag mystery…while trapped at the DC airport due to snow. This one is a South Carolina Children’s Book Award nominee.

Listening to: Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. I happen to think McCarthy is really funny, so I’m enjoying this book. I do not love the voice of the person who reads the audio version. She’s annoying.

What are you reading?

VBF

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2014 – 2015 Week 4

And, here we are! Week 4 already!

Self-checkout was the focus for my mini-lessons with 2nd – 5th grade during their checkout time this week. Last year, I made a short video (with one of our teacher’s kids as the “star”) on how to use the self-checkout. I showed that video to the classes as they came to the library. Easy!

I spent some time meeting with grade levels this week to share a little goodie bag I made for them (chocolates, updated password bookmark for our state databases, and some other goodies from Oriental Trading), as well as some information I wanted to make sure they knew. Soon, I’ll make my rounds again so that we can start scheduling collaborative lessons. It’s about that time!

I kicked off my Dot Day celebrations with Kindergarten by reading Press Here by Tulle. I LOVE sharing this book with my kinders. They think it is MAGIC. They read The Dot in art class this week, so I wanted to share some other dot-inspired books with them. After reading Press Here, they colored a dot (printed from the ColAR Mix webpage) for our fun NEXT week. Can’t wait to see what they do when their dots come to life!

My school does something we call LEAD Time. Just about every grown up in the school helps in some way by leading a LEAD Time (you could also think of them as “clubs”). Students pick what they want to do (baking, camping, fashion, crafts, etc.) and they go to their chosen LEAD Time for one hour on our early release days. My LEAD Time this year is MAKER TIME. I’m incorporating a lot of the stuff I learned from being a part of Maker Corps this summer. For this meeting (we will meet with this group 4 times and then get a new group of kids), we focused on cardboard. The Global Cardboard Challenge is a little under a month away and that was our inspiration. I do my LEAD Time with our Computer Lab/Computer Programming teacher and we showed our group the Caine’s Arcade video and had a discussion with them about what “making” is. Then we let them loose! We had out craft supplies, glue, tape, cardboard…they had a lot of fun – and, so did we!

I sent out my September newsletter this week.

I’m getting ready for a couple of upcoming events…I met with a librarian from the public library to talk about International Games Day in November and with a group of librarians in my district to talk about Star Wars READS Day. So much fun in our future!

How was your week?

VBF

 

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