Book Fair and Dr Seuss week!

Both the Scholastic Book Fair AND Dr. Seuss week are next week, Feb 27-Mar 3. We are so excited to have both going on!  The theme for the book fair is “Happy Camper” so we will be having some camping fun in the Learning Commons after we return to school.

Also, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America, we have dress up days to correspond with some of Dr. Seuss’ books.  You can find more out about our dress up days by clicking on the link below.

MakerSpace in photos

Pictures from our morning – we currently have Perler beads, Ozobot, Osmo and Snap Circuits out.  There is always coloring available too!

The Ozobot was added this week. We started by just having fun with it and will add some coding with Blockly next week.Blockly is what we use when we do the Hour of Code each year.  Students have enjoyed making “Bob” (the name given to the Ozobot) move around paths they construct. Next week they will begin to really code with him!

 

Maker update!

We have been having so much fun in the Makerspace. Makerspace mornings are going really well, so well that we have now have our space open all day! Students are able to come in and work on projects when they are completely finished with class work. We are always available to help them and to get them started. This may be 10 minutes or even longer – we leave it up to the teacher to decide the time limit.

We are SO EXCITED to be able to do this. Watching the kids work and learn is, quite simply, amazing.  I learn something from them every single day!

Also, we are now working on badging. Students can earn badges for the work they do in the Makerspace. They have to show proficiency and do some specifics for each type of badge. We started working on these last week and they made name badges to begin. We are going over what each badge entails and how they earn it.
As always, we would love to have you come in and see what we are up to. The Media Center is rocking!

 

 

 

MakerSpace

Welcome to the MakerSpace at the Keheley Learning Commons! Make sure to check the MakerSpace link at the top of this page. I will be posting updates there.

This week is our opening week. We are working on using one single sheet of paper to support a book.  Do you think you know how to do it? You might be surprised at some of the solutions we find…

 

Week of Oct 24: Rules and Support a book with a Single sheet of Paper

Week of Oct 31: Origami!

Week of Nov 7: Patriotism

Fall Break- What did YOU read?

I hope you enjoyed this week with your families and I hope you did a lot of reading! I did both of those things – my family (everyone except my college-aged daughter) went to the beach and had a glorious time.  While we were there, I managed to read 7 books. SEVEN!  It was so fun to catch up and do some long awaited reading of some new books. I have lots of new stuff to recommend to all of you.

Here is what I read:

  1. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – I love this book!  It’s such a great book about friendships and learning to love people for who they are. I think it also spoke to me because it takes place in the time when I was a kid.
  2. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.  This was probably my favorite for the week. Roller Derby, learning to lose, learning that even if you’re not THE BEST at something, you can still enjoy it.  Plus, it’s in graphic novel format which is my favorite way to read.
  3. Pax by Sara Pennypacker with illustrations by Jon Klassen.  A story about a boy, his fox, war time, and love.  It’s a very sweet, sometimes sad story. If you love animal stories (and I know lots of you do!), read this. It will make you understand that feeling of “not two”.  The illustrations by Jon Klassen are a nice touch, too. He is a Caldecott Honor Award winner and draws lots of silly picture books. His drawings in this book are not silly, but they are still really nice.   The pictures really add to the story.
  4. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones.  This book is written in my other favorite style – it’s a series of letters written back and forth between Sophie, a young girl who has had to move to the country from Los Angeles because of her dad’s job loss, and Agnes, a woman who sells chickens and their stuff.  While it was a really entertaining book, probably because I would love to own chickens, I’m still trying to figure out the end. If you read it and figure it out, come let me know!
  5. and 6: Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse  and  Amulet 3: The CloudSearchers by Kazu Kibuishi.  What can I say about these books? Series, graphic novels, girl with a good head on her shoulders, lots of help and lots of adventure.  It’s a fantastic series!  We have all 7 of these in the Media Center.  Come read them!
  6.  (really #7) Audacity Jones by Kirby Larson. This book has been sitting on my desk since the beginning of the school. I’ve been dying to read it and I am happy to say it lived up to all of my expectations.  If you like strog girl characters, this one is for you!

In addition to all that reading, I learned how to use LittleBits (thanks for your help, Mr. Dupuis!),decided to go to a MakerFaire when we get home from the beach, and  came up with some cool ideas for the book fair this year. The theme is Bookaneer: Where Books are the Treasure so I get to have lots of fun with that pirate theme! Our book fair will be here in less than a month, so start thinking about what you want to read! I can’t wait!

Get some last minute rest, have fun with your families and KEEP READING!!! I will see you all on Monday!

 

 

 

Week of August 29-September 2

This week in the Media Center:

Kindergarten: We learned more rules. We have lots of rules in the Media Center that we have to follow. The most important rule is to find a book that you really enjoy reading!  This week, the Kindergartners and I read a story called No, David by David Shannon. We practiced saying “NO!” in a really loud voice (they are really good at that!) and we even sang a “NO!” song! I  used this book because the majority of them know it and I want to be able to cover rules without having to explain the story too.  We went over what we can do and what we shouldn’t do. Your students have gotten really good at saying their first and last names and the extra special “thank you!” that comes with checking out a book.  It is so much fun to watch our kindergartners learn change after only a week or two!

1st grade and 2nd grade: We read Are we There yet? by Dan Santat and talked about having to wait, using our imaginations and just generally being kind people. It’s an amazing book full of imagination and perspective from a child’s point of view.

3rd, 4th and 5th grade: This week we worked on finding items on our Non-Fiction shelves.  We looked at our online catalog (Destiny) and figured out how to find the call number, how to write it all down and then find the book on the shelves. Your students were amazingly good at it! We had a quick verbal survey and it seems that most of them get it. I think I even converted some of them to be Dewey lovers like I am

As your students continue to come into the Media Center, whether alone or with a class, we will have the Dewey helper notebooks out and call slips available for them to write down their call numbers. This is an important map skill in life. To be able to see on the map and find what you want is necessary.  There’s no Siri to help you in the library…YET!

As always, your students are always welcome to come check items out. We love to see them and catch up with what they are reading.

 

 

 

 

Week of August 22-26, 2016

What’s happening in the Media Center this week?

LOTS!!

Oh my, so much is going on.  We have new tables and chairs, we have loads of excited and happy kids, we have an excited and happy Media Specialist and we have a new paraprofessional.

Mr. Frank will be joining us each morning to help students and work with me to make the Media Center a great place. Welcome, Mr. Frank!

This week, each grade has started in our Makerspace!  We have used some new technology and the students are having so much fun and learning a lot at the same time.  This week, we used an app called TinkerBox and a new tool we have called Osmo.  Ask your students about Osmo.

We also finally received our tables. We have purple tables, purple chairs, some orange stools and are waiting for a few more tables that will be green. Color is fun and happy!

Here are some pictures from the week:

 

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If you have books that are still at home, in your backpack or in your desk, please return them now. You will not receive a report card until your books are either returned or paid for!

Summer reading

Summer reading is about to go into full swing!  Today, we sent home usernames and passwords for all students, K-5.  Please go to Cobb Summer Reading and click on the link to the Scholastic Summer Reading website.  You can log your minutes there.

Students who log their minutes will be invited to a celebration after school begins. I will be checking over the summer – and I will log my own minutes! 

See if you can beat my reading times this summer!

On your mark, get set, READ!

Doodle Buddy and Career lessons

This week in the Media Center, the focus has been on Career lessons, also known as CCRPI.  Each grade does a different set of lessons based on a career cluster, or group of jobs.

In first grade, we focus on Transportation and Logistics. We talk about how important it is to get to school on time no matter how you get here. If your bus driver decided to take a different route that would not be a good idea because you wouldn’t get to school on time!  After discussing, we read Katy and the Big Snow. Katy has to plow all the snow out of the city so that the people can get where they need to be on time.

Our last step was to draw their favorite mode of transportation using Doodle Buddy.  If you haven’t used Doodle Buddy, download it! It is free and so much fun to use.

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