Week 10! I gotta say that this is another school year that seems to be zooming away – week 10 already?! Here’s what happened in the NPES Learning Commons this week:
Kindergarten students are continuing learning about Mo Willems. This week, I introduced the Knuffle Bunny series to them. I started this lesson by showing them MY favorite stuffed animal, Ratso Rizzo. This is a stuffed mouse that I have had since I was a baby. I get very nervous when he’s at school, so I’m glad that lesson is over and he is safe and sound back at home. We read Knuffle Bunny, I booktalked the other books in the series, and then they visited Centers.
I’ve started showing 1st and 2nd graders how to find books in the library using Destiny, our Library Catalog. This year, I am basically just modeling how to do a search and then telling them to go do it for themselves and we will help them. Using a library catalog isn’t difficult, but it’s one of those things that you have to DO to LEARN. Takes time and practice, so hopefully they will be skilled at finding their own books soon 🙂
I am continuing my South Carolina Children’s Book Award booktalks with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. After I get the big kids out of the way, I will move on to South Carolina Picture Book Award booktalks with the little guys.
5th grade Media Technology students are learning how to use Garageband on the iPads to create a podcast. The idea is that they will be the ones to create our school podcast, Roary Radio (these are segments from last year). By the way, Garageband is FREE at the moment, so if you don’t already have it, now would be a good time to get it! They are also still collecting socks for #socktober!
And, finally, Story Time started this week! I did a version of this storytime at a local apartment complex that we do some outreach with and at Lion Cub Storytime, which is basically a pre-school storytime that I do once a month for younger siblings of our lions. The theme was Halloween/pumpkins and here’s what we did:
I played music from my Pumpkin Themed Playlist on Spotify.
I had pumpkin shaped nametags.
I read a little board book called, Pumpkin Faces to get us in the mood for our theme!
We played Pumpkin bowling (took turns “bowling” with a mini-pumpin and ghosty rolls of toilet paper. Idea from this blog.)
I asked them to name some other vegetables that are orange – when they got to carrots, I read Creepy Carrots.
We did a movement activity called, “Pumpkin, Pumpkin” (find it on page 10 of this awesome resource)
They “carved” a pumpkin using a free pumpkin carving app on the iPad.
The craft was to decorate a mini-pumpkin with peel and stick foam shapes.
The snack was a Little Debbie pumpkin brownie.
At the apartment complex, I read Creepy Carrots, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything, and In a Dark, Dark Wood. For the craft, I had a pumpkin cookie decorating kit from Wal-Mart that we used. Our music teacher also joined me for the fun and we sang two pumpkin songs with movement. SO FUN!
Finally, this week, I have started firming up plans for this year’s author visit. Our students are just going to LOVE the author coming to our school this year. I cannot wait to announce it! Stay tuned!
Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!