2013 – 2014 Week 5 #dotweek #dotday #natbookfest

Hi readers!

We had a FANTASTIC time celebrating Dot Week in my Learning Commons. All week long, students explored Dot Centers:

*Guess How Many Dots Estimation Center – I set out a bowl of gum balls, slips of paper for guesses, some Hundreds Charts, a bag of 10 gum balls to help students guess, and pencils. One close guess per grade level won Dots candy (of course). I set this up very much like this math center. 

*colAR Mix Center – Last week, Kindergarten students colored dots from the colAR Mix website. This week, I set them out as a Center for all students to scan. Kids LOVED seeing the dots come to life.

*Dots Game Center – Students could play the game, Dots. 

Kindergarten students got to visit all of those Centers, in addition to the ABC Connect the Dots game on ABCya. I also Skyped with each Kindergarten class. One class talked with 1st graders in Chapin, South Carolina. Two classes Skyped with classes in Maryland and one Skyped with a class in Vermont. We had so much fun connecting with new friends!

I worked with my Art Teacher this year, so all students have been doing Dot inspired work in art class with her during Related Arts and we are displaying the work in the Learning Commons. I really love how the Learning Commons is now an art gallery for our kids beautiful work.

In addition to all of our Dot Week fun, I helped a 5th grade class with some research about cells. They used the Cells app to explore. I met with another 5th grade class who will be working on our weekly morning news show with their teacher. And, my Media Technology students continued working on their Digital Passports.

My week ended in Washington DC at the National Book Festival. I had the MOST fun. I got to hear Jon Klassen, Katherine Applegate, Oliver Jeffers, Richard Peck, and more. I got to see the real Owney at the Postal Museum, ate excellent food, and spent time with great friends – it was a great trip and I am ready to go back next year! I even got to meet one of the librarians I Skyped with during Dot Week!

How was your 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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