2014 – 2015 Week 15

Two day week!

Thanksgiving is Thursday, so we are out of school Wednesday – Friday…I give THANKS for that!

These last two days went by in a flash. Our school hosted its annual STEM Safari, which is a two day long event. There are different STEM-related activities each day. It is planned by a committee that I am on, so I am fairly involved in the activities. My biggest responsibility these past two days was hosting Dr. Doug in our Learning Commons and helping classes with a QR Code Scavenger Hunt. Both activities happened at the same time (between 8am – noon each day), so my assistant helped with Dr. Doug and I helped with the Scavenger Hunt. Each event went well, I think…there are always things to tweak for the next time, but there was a lot of learning and students were having a lot of fun…that’s what’s important!

I did have a Kindergarten class on Monday. In honor of Thanksgiving, I read The Ugly Pumpkin by Horowitz.  After reading the book, we talked about our feelings and moods. After checking out a library book, they drew a picture of a squash (or pumpkin or gourd) depicting some mood. Under the picture, they had to write what the squash was feeling. We had, “I am the happy squash,” “I am the tired squash,” and “I am the hungry squash”…along with a lot of other cute squash. They did a great job.

On Tuesday, the Related Arts teachers worked together to do Team Building exercises with classes, so we did not see our class that day – we saw them all! I helped with a lego activity. There was also an activity in the gym where kids had to try to make it across the gym using materials like a hula hoop, rope, etc. There was some great team work going on!

That was my short school week! Now, I’m looking forward to the rest of the week to watch parades, rest and EAT! What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Gobble, Gobble!

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 11.24.14

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: Keeping Safe the Stars by O’Connor. Another South Carolina Children’s Book Award nominee. I’m not too far into it, but I like it. Another story about kids who are having to take care of themselves…there are a few books like that on our list this year!

Listening to: Still reading Dark Places by Flynn. It gets better the more you read…

What are you reading?

VBF

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2014 – 2015 Week 14

This was BOOK FAIR week! Some schools go all out for Book Fair – dress up days, big parent events, lots of decorations…we do not. Don’t get me wrong – I promote, promote, promote (I talk to each class about Book Fair, send home fliers and put information on Facebook and in newsletters) and I stick with the theme for all events we *do* host (Teacher Preview), but I wouldn’t say I go “all out.” Our Book Fair is still successful year after year and we are able to mostly continue other things we do in our library during Book Fair week…not checkout, but I am able to do lessons with classes and other special programming. That stuff is just as important as Book Fair, so I’m happy with our balance. With all that said – here’s what happened this week, in addition to Book Fair!

5th grade Media Technology classes continued working on Google CS First.

I helped a 1st grade class get started with math centers using our iPod Touches.

I presented to our faculty about copyright and other important technology related topics with my TIS. At least, I tried to…we had one of those technology crazy moments where I wasn’t actually able to present what I intended, but we still got the job done, I think.

Two 1st grade classes came in and visited our Moon in My Room. My friend, Mrs. Stepp, at Gilbert Primary School introduced me to this fun item. Our 1st graders LOVED it! We listened to the Moon “tour” on the Uncle Milton website…it kind of felt like we were at a planetarium! Loved it!

The rest of the week/time was dedicated to Book Fair! The Book Fair is all packed up now and ready to go…we have a short (but busy) two day week ahead…the holiday season is here!

How was your week?
VBF

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SQUASH Story Time!

For this month’s theme, we read about SQUASH!

  • The nametags were squash shaped.
  • I did not really have a special playlist that they listened to. Just regular library music. There aren’t a lot of songs about squash out there.
  • We read one of my newest favorites, Sophie’s Squash by Miller. After reading the book, we learned a little bit more about how squash grow (we watched this really cool time lapse video about squash). I also brought in a butternut squash that I had decorated to look like Bernice. We passed it around talked about if we thought it was the perfect size for a friend.
  • I read The Ugly Pumpkin by Horowitz (another fav!)
  • We explored various gourds and squash that I brought from the store and they also had a chance to try some yellow squash. I had a couple of brave friends, but not many.
  • I read Mrs. McNosh and the Giant Squash by Weeks
  • Then we made our own Fall Friend, using special supplies I had out like feathers and googly eyes.
  • The snack was mini pumpkin muffins…pumpkins are part of the squash family, after all!

Everyone had a great time!

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 11.17.14

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 a book in the Popularity Papers series by Ignatow.

Listening to: Finished Sharp Objects by Flynn (her first novel) and have moved onto Dark Places, also by Flynn. I think after I’m done reading this one, I’ll be ready for something a little lighter…enough murder and blood for awhile! PS – the book is good now that I’m getting into it.

What are you reading?

VBF

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2014 – 2015 Week 13

Week 13 was busy!

More 5th grade classes worked on inventor research using the Facetalker app. We also planned the next research project, which is countries and immigration! LOVE the Immigration Station we did for the first time last year…it is in the plans again for this year!

The 1st grade class participating in the Global Read Aloud wrapped it all up by reading Going Places by Reynolds (we actually watched the short film “Above and Beyond” instead of reading the book). After we watched the film, the 1st graders made their own cars or planes using toilet paper rolls, popsicle sticks, and bottlecaps. We also Skyped with our friends in Colorado. We hope to do more with them later in the year!

I talked about our upcoming Book Fair all week to any class that came in (including Kindergarten). Our Book Fair is November 17 – 21. We set it up on Friday and hosted a Teacher Preview. Students will start coming in and buying lots (I hope) tomorrow!

5th grade Media Technology students started learning about Scratch this week. I’m doing this lesson a little differently this year. We have a new Computer Lab teacher (the class is actually called Computer Programming now) and she is doing a program called Google CS First with her classes. This program uses Scratch to teach kids about computer programming. She does not see my 5th grade Media Technology class, so I am using the lesson she is doing with her 5th grade with my class. The first lesson was basically an introduction and a chance to explore Scratch. I like it so far!

We had LEAD Time on Wednesday. The Computer Lab teacher and I do Maker Time! as our LEAD Time. The last time we were together, we tried to use Tinkercad with them, but we had so many technical difficulties, it just did not work out, so we tried it again this time and we lucked out! Students used Tinkercad to design either a nametag or luggage tag. They saved those and we printed them out on our Makerbot. After students completed the tag, they could either design something on their own, or watch a tag print. It’s pretty amazing how many folks just like to sit and stare at the printer as it is printing something out. I do it!

I met with my Student Book Budget Committee this week. We looked at catalogs and continued to gather data on what books kids want in the library.

On Saturday, we participated in International Games Day with our public library. The library had a ton of board games that they set up (including a giant Jenga!) and families just came in and out throughout the morning to play games – it was great! I hardly saw anyone just staring at a cell phone, so I would call that a success!

How was your week?!

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 11.10.14

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: Enjoyed Half a Chance by Lord. Gobbled up the newest Wimpy Kid (that series always makes me laugh). Now I’m reading another book in the Popularity Papers series by Ignatow.

Listening to: Finished Gone Girl by Flynn! SO SO SO GOOD! Now I’m listening to Sharp Objects by Flynn (her first novel). Good, but it’s no Gone Girl!

What are you reading?

VBF

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