2014 – 2015 Week 9

Week 9! The first 9 weeks is OVER?! Report cards go home soon? That’s just crazy.

5th grade Media Technology students spent the week writing a “favorite time of day” piece using the Pages app on the iPad. First, they had to take a picture of a clock or watch (or find a picture online) showing their favorite time of day and then insert it into a blank Pages document. Then, they had to write about that time of day. Of course, we got a lot of “My favorite time of day is 2:20pm because that is when we are dismissed and I can go home.” I think this is a good assignment, however, because they learn about the camera, Pages, changing fonts, etc.

I started telling my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders about the South Carolina Children’s Book Award nominees this week. In the past, I have given them a challenge of some sort (for example, read 15 book award nominees and get invited to a party at the end of the year). This year, I am not doing that. I am sharing the list simply as good books they might like to read. Our school is doing a “Readers are Leaders” challenge (based on Donalyn Miller’s 40 Book Challenge), so I told them the books they read can go towards that. Of course, now we can’t keep those books checked in! A good problem to have!

For my 1st grade class participating in the Global Read Aloud, we read I’m Here by Peter Reynolds. We wrote about our favorite thing to do in the Fall and then made paper airplanes out of our writing to send to our new friends in Colorado.

Kindergarten wrapped up learning about Mo Willems.

On Thursday, we had our own Cardboard Challenge “Arcade.” The 5th graders who had been building games and things for the Global Cardboard Challenge got to present them to classes who came into the library on Thursday morning. It was a fun and busy morning. Lots of kids came in to see the 5th grader’s creations and we all had a great time!

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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