Week 16

Week 16! Whew!

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are VERY exciting in the world of education. Especially in an elementary school. Our kids are SO READY for Santa and holiday celebrations…it’s a little hard to focus!

Here’s what we did this week:

  • My 5th grade Media Technology class started learning about Scratch. They are in the process of creating a “Pac Man” style game using directions I found at this site. We will continue working on our game this week, which is perfect for Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code! 
  • Kindergarten started their Gingerbread Man unit in the classroom, so that means it was time for the Gingerbread Man QR Code Scavenger Hunt! This is the 3rd year (I think) that we’ve done it. I was originally inspired by this blog post (by the wonderful Shannon Miller). Kindergarten classroom teachers read Gingerbread Man stories all week. When the class comes to the library for Related Arts, I continue the theme by first retelling the Gingerbread Man story with a story basket (read about story baskets here). Then, I read The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Murray. We talk about some of the differences in the various versions of the tale and then they checkout. After checkout, they bake and decorate their own cookie using this free app. When it is time to go, I tell them that I got an email while they were working on their cookies telling me that we had to go find the gingerbread man, because he is loose in OUR school. Their teacher and assistant come and we go on a QR Code hunt around the school. Murray’s website has clues you can print out and use and I created QR Codes that show pictures of different people in our school. The kids scan the code, see the picture, and go to that person’s room to see if they can find the Gingerbread Man. At the end of the hunt, they discover that the Gingerbread Man has been to their classroom…when they get there, there are gingerbread cookies waiting for them at their desk. I will never get tired of seeing their reactions when they see those cookies. So stinkin’ cute!
  • I finished and shared my December newsletter. 
  • I prepared for STORY TIME. A snow theme! I will share details in next week’s blog post.
  • Wednesday (December 4) was National Cookie Day, so I celebrated by bringing in some cookies for our faculty and staff.
  • On Thursday, Betsy Long (love her!) and I had the wonderful opportunity to talk with the Elementary Librarian (Jocelyn Sams) to share some of our ideas about collaboration and some of the things we have done together in our libraries for her awesome podcast. I love the Elementary Librarian’s blog and was honored to speak with her!
  • Finally, my Technology Integration Specialist and I planned what we will do to celebrate Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code. I’m excited about our plans and I will let you know how it goes in my next blog post!

I hope you had a fantastic week! The countdown is on!

VBF

PS – Happy Birthday to my Wonder Woman friend, Mary Sparks Haddon.  I miss you everyday!

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About Valerie Byrd Fort

I am a Teacher Librarian in South Carolina. I love kids, yoga, gadgets, dogs, food, books and technology. This is my blog about those things.
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2 Responses to Week 16

  1. Jocelyn Sams says:

    Thanks for being a guest on the podcast! I enjoyed it, and I know my listeners will be able to use your great ideas (and Betsy’s)!

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