Week 8

This week I moved into South Carolina Children’s Book Award book talks with my 3rd graders. This is the last group to hear the book talks…yay!

I helped a 3rd grade class create Vokis about what they are learning in school.

I did a Fiction/Non-Fiction lesson for 1st graders. I did this last year and it seems to work well. I start with a review of Fiction and Non-Fiction and then I read 2 books – Bark, George and Pets at the Vet (I get them from BookFlix). After reading those books and talking just a little bit more about the differences in Fiction and Non-Fiction, they get together in small groups and sort books I have gathered for them. The teacher and I walk around while they are doing that to check how they are doing. Seems to really help the kiddos understand the difference between the two.

Kindergarten is learning about apples in their classroom, so that’s what we are learning about in the library too! We talked about any trips they’ve taken to an apple orchard. Lots of my kids have been to one, so they have the background knowledge. After talking about their apple picking trips, I read Apples and Pumpkins by Ann Rockwell. After reading it, I had them turn and talk about how their experience was the same or different than the girl’s experience in the book. We checked out library books and then learned a little more about apples AND pumpkins (in the story, the girl picks apples, but also selects a pumpkin from a patch). I used the picture dictionary on Enchanted Learning and looked up what the dictionary said about apples and pumpkins. Once we knew what the dictionary said about them, we sorted information into a Venn diagram about apples and pumpkins. Finally, after talking so much about apples, I gave each one of them an apple chip to eat on the way out.

5th grade Media Technology students produced a new podcast. Check it out! We also wrapped up participating in Rock Our World’s student led conference called “Don’t Worry, Be Appy.” Our students explored apps on our new student iPads, wrote about 2 of their favorites (and how they would use them) in a Google Form, and one of our students put together a Photostory sharing our information. We weren’t able to get our work included in the conference this time around, but we did get to attend a little bit of it and we plan to show our students the rest of the conference soon (it was recorded and archived).

And there you have another great week in our Learning Commons! What did you do this 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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