Weeks 17 & 18

Happy Holidays, readers!

I’ve been taking a little break from blogging, but I’m back! I missed a couple of weeks of lessons and updates on what I’m reading…I know you’ve been DYING to know what has been going on! 😉 So, here you go!

Week 17

This was Hour of Code Week! The Technology Integration Specialist and I taught coding/programming lessons to a number of classes (all grade levels) throughout the week. First, we talked about what coding is and watched a quick video from the Hour of Code site. Then, depending on the grade level, we shared an app with the students that they used to code. For the little guys (K – 2), we used Kodable and for the older ones, we used LightBot (3 – 5). I think everyone enjoyed their experiences with coding and I know a number of teachers put the apps on their classroom iPads and, even better, they were coding and playing with the apps themselves during the lesson! Success!

5th graders finished their country/immigration research with our 2nd Annual Immigration Station. You can check out some pictures here. 

Kindergarten continued reading Gingerbread Man stories and we did our QR code scavenger hunt to try to find him in our school.

Media Technology students continued their Google CS First lessons. 

Week 18

This week was the week before our Winter Break. I don’t know about your library, but this is one week that our library is pretty slow. Everyone is busy in their classrooms wrapping things up before the break and we tend to have a lot of assemblies and other things going on that disrupts the schedule. I spent a lot of time this week preparing for my long term sub (TODAY is Week 30! Baby Fort will be here before we know it!) – she will start in March.

We also did a lot of “wrapping up” with lessons this week. Kindergarten finished the Gingerbread Man lessons; Media Technology wrapped up Google CS First lessons for this semester.

So, we are now on break! I know I’m spending a lot of time with family, friends, and my couch. How about you?!



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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