Welcome to Week 23!
This week, I started a Harlem Renaissance project with 5th graders. In the past, students were given a name from the Harlem Renaissance to research and then they created a PowerPoint or Glogster or something to share what they learned. This year, I asked my teachers if they wanted to try something different. I had read about Literary Cafes over the summer and wanted to try one out. I’m kinda liking it! This was the first week, so we introduced them to the Harlem Renaissance by showing a BrainPOP video and by visiting Centers that we set up.
The Centers were:
- Music and Dance – Our Technology Integration Specialist created QR codes for students to scan and listen to music from the time period. She also found 3 videos of famous dancers that we put on laptops for students to watch.
- Images – I found a bunch of images from the time period and printed them out. They were laid out on tables in the library. Students went around and did a “gallery walk” of the images.
- Books – I set out lots of biographies, books about the Harlem Renaissance, and books inspired by the time period for students to browse.
As they were exploring the Centers, we had jazz music playing in the background and more images scrolling on our large television/digital frame.
Students had their Writer’s Notebooks with them, so as they were going through each Center, they wrote down thoughts they had; things they observed; questions they had, etc. I thought it went really well and is giving them a wide range of knowledge about the time period as opposed to just learning about one person. Next week we will focus on the poetry of the time.
My 5th grade Media Technology students FINALLY finished their Digital Passport lessons! I had them create a “passport” in Big Huge Labs (using Badge Maker). They had to include one thing they learned during the series of lessons on their passport. After they had created their passport, they could explore FX, Trading Card, and Map Maker on Big Huge Labs.
Wednesday was Digital Learning Day and we had the Lexington County Public Library come to show students how to access public library eBooks on their devices; my student teacher/intern was there to show students how to access our school library eBooks on their devices; the SC State Library was there to share gadgets; and we had a few Augmented Reality Apps set up for students to explore. They checked out Fetch!, ColAR Mix, and IMAG-N-O-TRON. After school, my intern did a professional development session for teachers about eBooks they can use in their classroom. She did a great job! I teach a Children’s Literature class at USC on Wednesdays and I even did some DLD activities with them…I shared the IMAG-N-O-TRON app and had them set up a Personal Learning Network on Twitter.
It was Wiener Wolf week for the Book Award Blitz! I read the book and my 1st and 2nd grade classes reading with me labeled a sheet with a wolf on one side and a dog on the other (the sheet came from PebbleGo). Kindergarten Centers were – read a book about dogs or wolves; label the dog and wolf sheet; and learn more about dogs and wolves on PebbleGo.
Friday was Bubble Gum Day. Teachers sold gum at recess and all money raised went to Relay for Life. I had a fun display of bubble gum books set up in the library throughout the week and sent out an email to teachers on things they could do in their classroom to have more fun with the day. The links are also included in my library newsletter.
Speaking of my library newsletter, I also sent that out this week!
It was a BUSY week! How was your week?