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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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 9.8.14

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 just completed everything in my “to read” stack! Must.Go.To.Library. I read some very wonderful books over the past week. You should really read Brown Girl Dreaming by Woodson and The Fourteenth Goldfish by Holm. Both are fantastic books.

Listening to: Finished All Fall Down by Weiner. I really liked it. About a mom with addictions and her story to overcome them. Right now, I’m listening to Lean In by Sandberg.

For school: Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller – STILL!

What are you reading?

VBF

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2014 – 2015 Week 3

Week 3 was a short week…there was no school on Monday (Labor Day!)

This week, I did quick reviews with 2nd – 5th grade on using the library catalog to find books. I used to schedule whole lessons to do this, but this year I’m trying just a quick review. Using the library catalog is one of those skills that you just have to do to really learn and I think it will stick when students do it or try it when there is an actual need for it. Not just because I’m telling them to try to find the Magic Treehouse books or the dog books. It’s also something that you need to know for life – every library you go in has a catalog of some sort. Every library you go in (for the most part) also has folks you can ask to help you if you cannot find what you are looking for, so I encourage students to do that too.

Kindergarten classes continued learning about book care. This week I shared my favorite video with them. Every year, I am so thankful to the school librarian (Mrs. Stover) who made this video! I bet her girls (the “stars” of the video) are in college by now…

5th grade Media Technology students had to create avatars in ScootPad. All of our teachers/students have subscriptions to this site now and they have been setting up avatars during Computer Lab time (all grade levels). My Media Tech kids don’t go to Computer Lab, so we did that together. Afterwards, they completed the first lesson in Digital Passport.

We have started our DOT DAY celebrations! 3rd graders learned how to use the SketchBook Express app during Art Class. Our Art Teacher went over different tools within the app they can use and I was there for tech support. Next week, they will create their “real” DOT DAY art. Can’t wait to see what they make!

The most exciting thing that happened this week was that our 3D printer came in!

2014-09-02 14.22.30After getting everything set up, my first project was the bracelet that comes on the SD card. That worked wonderfully. Then I tried something from Thingiverse, but that did not work so wonderfully (the project did not seem heavy enough to build upright…which is what it was doing. I think if I had it build flat on the plate, I would have been more successful). Finally I tried (with the help of a student) another project on the SD card…a shark. That appeared to work at first, but then no luck. The plastic on the extruder kept grabbing the project and kind of  slinging it around. Also, the plastic doesn’t really seem to be melting together? Maybe it isn’t heating up enough? Maybe I just need to recalibrate the build plate? Any suggestions? I’m still in love with my printer and cannot wait to learn more!

A great week, overall! How was your week?

VBF

 

 

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 9.1.14

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).

Nothing has changed since last week! Clearly, the new school year is cutting into my reading time! ;) I’m STILL reading…

In Print: Ungifted by Korman yesterday.

Listening to: All Fall Down by Weiner.

For school: Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller

What are you reading?

VBF

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