#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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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 10.6.14

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: Just finished Joan Bauer’s Almost Home. Such a good book…Bauer is one of my favorite authors, so I wasn’t surprised to find that I enjoyed this book so much. I was nervous to read it because there was a dog on the cover (silly, right?). I did not need to be nervous. I started The Red Thread Sisters by Peacock yesterday.

Listening to: Still taking a break from Twerp by Goldblatt to listen to Mindset by Dweck.

What are you reading?

VBF

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2014 – 2015 Week 7

Week 7 was a “normal” week – our first since school started, I think! It was a full week with no crazy schedule changes, no surprise fire drills, and no big events. Very.Rare.

My 5th grade Media Technology class finally finished their Digital Passport lessons. On Friday, they created “passports” using the Badge Maker on Big Huge Labs. In the Bio part, I have them write a sentence or two about what they learned throughout the Digital Passport lessons…now, we are ready to move on!

Kindergarten started learning about Mo Willems. My favorite. I did not change this lesson from last year, so you can read about it here. 

Wednesday was LEAD Time (a time where students learn about something they picked). My Maker Time focused on our 3D Printer. The bummer about this Maker Time was that the software we had planned to use with them did not work in the Computer Lab (at that moment – of course, when our Computer Tech went to take a look the next day, it all worked just fine). We had to monitor and adjust and we’ll get back to it at the next LEAD Time, but it was disappointing to not be able to follow through with our plan. I think our students still learned a lot and now I’m sure they are very much looking forward to next time!

The Global Cardboard Challenge is on October 11, so I had some kids in and out of the Learning Commons working on their creations this week.

I sent out the October Learning Commons Newsletter and prepared for next week!

How was YOUR week?

VBF

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#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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