2014 – 2015 Week 13

Week 13 was busy!

More 5th grade classes worked on inventor research using the Facetalker app. We also planned the next research project, which is countries and immigration! LOVE the Immigration Station we did for the first time last year…it is in the plans again for this year!

The 1st grade class participating in the Global Read Aloud wrapped it all up by reading Going Places by Reynolds (we actually watched the short film “Above and Beyond” instead of reading the book). After we watched the film, the 1st graders made their own cars or planes using toilet paper rolls, popsicle sticks, and bottlecaps. We also Skyped with our friends in Colorado. We hope to do more with them later in the year!

I talked about our upcoming Book Fair all week to any class that came in (including Kindergarten). Our Book Fair is November 17 – 21. We set it up on Friday and hosted a Teacher Preview. Students will start coming in and buying lots (I hope) tomorrow!

5th grade Media Technology students started learning about Scratch this week. I’m doing this lesson a little differently this year. We have a new Computer Lab teacher (the class is actually called Computer Programming now) and she is doing a program called Google CS First with her classes. This program uses Scratch to teach kids about computer programming. She does not see my 5th grade Media Technology class, so I am using the lesson she is doing with her 5th grade with my class. The first lesson was basically an introduction and a chance to explore Scratch. I like it so far!

We had LEAD Time on Wednesday. The Computer Lab teacher and I do Maker Time! as our LEAD Time. The last time we were together, we tried to use Tinkercad with them, but we had so many technical difficulties, it just did not work out, so we tried it again this time and we lucked out! Students used Tinkercad to design either a nametag or luggage tag. They saved those and we printed them out on our Makerbot. After students completed the tag, they could either design something on their own, or watch a tag print. It’s pretty amazing how many folks just like to sit and stare at the printer as it is printing something out. I do it!

I met with my Student Book Budget Committee this week. We looked at catalogs and continued to gather data on what books kids want in the library.

On Saturday, we participated in International Games Day with our public library. The library had a ton of board games that they set up (including a giant Jenga!) and families just came in and out throughout the morning to play games – it was great! I hardly saw anyone just staring at a cell phone, so I would call that a success!

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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