Week 21 #mockcaldecott

Hello Week 21!

On Monday, it was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so we did not have school. For the 3rd year in a row, I attended TEDxColumbiaSC. Loved it, as usual. One talk that I cannot get out of my head was USC Professor, Ed Madden. When these videos are posted, please watch his talk first. Then, watch the talk by my friend and yoga teacher, Dara Brown. She’s awesome too.

On Tuesday, our newest intern/student teacher from USC started. I think she will be great! It is always good to have more hands and she has lots of great ideas…I’ll learn from her just as much as she’ll learn from me!

I started a research project with a small group of 1st graders. They picked an animal and they are going to write a Non-Fiction book about their animal after reading books and looking at websites. They are off to a great start!

5th grade Media Technology is still working on that Digital Passport. We’ll be done in 2 more lessons! Then, on to more fun stuff! I think if my students read that, they would be excited too. Digital Passport lessons ARE fun and they ARE important, but we are ready to move on.

I read Little Dog Lost this week for my Book Award Blitz project. After reading it to 1st and 2nd grade classes, we watched the news clip about the real dog who was stuck on ice near Poland and then we wrote a book review of the book together so that students can write book reviews for the rest of the books on their own (hopefully). When I read it to Kindergarten classes, we watched the news clip and then visited some centers I had set up. The centers were: Check out a basket of books about dogs; Do a Sink or Float activity on the computer; and Find South Carolina on a map and the Baltic Sea on a map.

On Wednesday, a former USC student of mine came to visit. She is planning to go to library school and I cannot tell you how happy that makes me. It is kind of funny she came on Wednesday, because I actually had my USC class that night. It was our 2nd meeting and we dove into talking about our reading life and award winners. We even did a short “Mock Caldecott.” I had 17 books that I requested from the public library. All 17 are titles that have been getting Caldecott buzz. They spent time in groups with the books and gave them 1 – 25 points. I basically did what super librarian, Matthew Winner, wrote about on his blog, but in a really short period of time. I added up their points and averaged them per book. Our Spring 2014 SLIS 325 Mock Caldecott winner is Little Red Writing by Joan Holub; illustrations by Melissa Sweet.  We’ll find out the REAL winner tomorrow! Excited!

Friday was Lion Cub Story Time…the theme was MUSIC!

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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