Happy Week 22!
If you read my blog each week, you know that I have been reading South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominees with my K – 2 classes. This week, they all read Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg by Mortensen. After reading the book to Kindergarten, they explored some cowboy themed centers – there was an area where they had to match lowercase and uppercase letters (the cards had letters and cowboys and cowgirls on them); there was another area where they played a matching game I made using clip art images related to cowboys; and they could look at a book about cowboys or things found on a ranch or farm. With 1st and 2nd grade, we watched a video clip from an old Reading Rainbow (found on Learn360) that talked about what cowboys wear and why they wear it. We also explored an online exhibit at a cowboy museum in Oklahoma.
My school is participating in Kid President’s #BookItForward contest. So, I tried to spend some time promoting that…I missed a lot of classes though.
Wednesday was Collaborative Planning (and my super cute school baby shower). I’ve written about our school’s LEAD Time or clubs before. The Computer Lab Teacher and I are doing a “Maker Time” club for our LEAD Time. We focused on building things out of 100 items this go around (same thing we’ve been doing during Makerspace Moments – you can read more about it in my January newsletter).
Thursday was our Annual Kindergarten 100th Day of School Celebration (this year, we actually celebrated on the 101st day of school) – this is when we bring all of Kindergarten into the Learning Commons, gather about 20 volunteers, and have each volunteer read about 5 books to a small group of kids. Our goal is to read 100 books in 100 minutes on the 100th day of school! It is always a lot of fun. My favorite part is actually the whole group movement breaks, because there’s lots of dancing and counting. CUTE!
After school on Thursday, my Computer Lab Teacher and I hosted an afterschool Make Shop for Teacher’s Kids. This month, we focused on soldering, which made me nervous. We did lots of soldering at the Maker Camps I helped with this summer, but I guess this was different because the parents weren’t there (they were working in their classrooms…that’s the point!) and it was the first time I had done soldering in awhile. I did not need to be nervous though – those kids rocked it! Kids are often not as scared as we are! We soldered these kits from MakerShed that I purchased. We only had the rocket, but the giraffe looks cool!
5th grade Media Technology is still working on that Digital Passport – only 2 more lessons to go!
On Friday, I hosted a Non-Fiction “Book Tasting” for a 4th grade class. Kind of like musical chairs, but with books. Kids spent about 2 minutes with each book. They had a handout that they used to write down the title, call number, description, and if they would like to check it out. I think they all discovered some good books!
It was a busy week! And now, it is February! I officially have 27 more days until I go on maternity leave…THAT’S NUTS!
I hope you had a great week!