My week

Tuesday is May 1. May?! How’d that happen?

This week, 5th graders in Media Technology have been learning about Symbaloo and how to set up their own page. Next week, we move onto Kerpoof.

April is National School Library Media Month and in honor of this special month, 1st and 2nd graders watched The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (to celebrate books and reading). If you have not watched this, you MUST. Especially if you are a book lover (and I assume, if you are still reading my blog, you ARE a book lover!). The film and the app are amazing. I loved sharing this with my students this week. After watching, we talked about why the film is in black & white AND color; why there is no talking and how we knew what was going on in the movie even though there is no talking; and Humpty Dumpty’s role in the movie. After our discussion, they checked out and visited their centers…

1st and 2nd grade “For the Love of Reading and Poetry” centers (in honor of April – they will stay up until the end of the year):

1. Reading Center – Lots of books about books and reading. Some poetry books too.

2. Listening Center – A variety of books on CD for them to choose from to listen to.

3. App Center – They can play Bookworm or explore The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore app

4. Games Center – Play Bananagrams

5. Computer Center – Explore Tumblebooks

Kindergarten is still learning about Mo Willems and this week we read The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! Before I read it, we watched this news clip about it. Our favorite part is the very end when Rock Dove says, “if you see Mo Willems, poop on his head.” So funny!

I worked with a small group of 1st graders this week who were researching animals. They picked the animal they wanted to learn more about. They brainstormed questions they wanted answered about their animal and then found the answers using non-fiction books, the internet (Enchanted Learning) and the wonderful World Book’s World of Animals app on the iPad. After they found all their information, they created a non-fiction book using Tikatok. Tickatok is very easy to use. Kids can create a book online and parents can order a hard copy of the book. You can also get a digital copy to have as an ebook. Tickatok is worth exploring and I am still learning – can’t wait to play with it more!

The year is winding down…so surprised by how fast it is going.We still have lots to do, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel, for sure!

Have a GREAT week!



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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