We are so excited that author Pam Flowers is coming from Alaska to share her many adventures with our students – She will be here Wednesday, March 12 with the 3rd – 5th grade program from 1:00 – 1:55 and the Kindergarten – 2nd grade program from 2:30 – 3:20. She will be bringing her books to sell and autograph and a book order was sent home yesterday. Book orders with payments made out to Pam Flowers Expeditions can be returned to the library by Tuesday, March 11th.
Click here to see a short IMovie I made highlighting her accomplishments – http://safeshare.tv/w/yKpvirZBtT
As I am working with students in different classes and grade levels and gathering resources for teachers that support their lesson plans, I am reminded of an article I recently read entitled, “The Mission of Librarians is to Empower” - http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2014/01/roy-tennant-digital-libraries/mission-librarians-empowerment/
This article was a great reminder of the power of the human element of library services and the importance of people who provide those services. Working together, through collaboration of everyone – classroom teachers, specialists, support staff – creates a successful library program and, in turn, a successful school. The cliche “there’s no I in TEAM” really is true. I am grateful for all of my co-workers who share with me and collaborate with me – together, as a team, we do great things for our students!
The last few weeks students at several grade levels have been (or will shortly start doing) researching. I always like to remind students of the importance of checking your resources to make sure they accurate. Riverside students have been using Kid-Friendly Search engines, online databases provided through Badgerlink and online subscriptions such as World Book Online and PebbleGo. Don’t forget to check out this website which is a great reminder of taking the time to make sure the websites you are using are relevant and accurate:
This week has been another busy one at Riverside. Kindergartners and 1st graders were introduced to a link Mrs. D. added to the Student Websites portion of our webpage. Created by one of my favorite teacher blogs (Matt Gomez of Texas) his site contains 170 ebooks for Young Kids – many made with Safesharetv links to avoid all of the YouTube “extras” we don’t need to see. The National Geographic Book link was also highlighted which is another great non-fiction resource.
All other grades saw an Animoto highlighting the newest books added to our library collection. There were many excited readers this week! Check out What’s New 2014 by clicking here.
Mrs. D. was working with Mrs. Mergendahl’s 4th graders on their biography project. We are trying out the app FaceJack to record first person narratives of their famous person. To see an example of how it works, check out the recording Mrs. D. did with her son Michael for the promotion of the upcoming Cupcakes for a Cause fund-raiser.
We also celebrated our Battle of the Books group, having a pizza party at noon on Wednesday. Thanks to Mr. Podeweltz for his co-coaching this year. Our final team was decided and we will have Emily, Carrie, Lucas and Aliya as our final team with Nolan as our alternate. We will take the state test next week! I can’t believe it is already the end of February….
Speaking of the end of February, those Read-a-thon packets are coming in and we are excited how many books students have read this year. Profits from this fund-raiser are used to support our library program, including our Battle of the Books group.
This past week I worked with Mrs. Marquardt’s 1st graders on a new app called Write About This – which provides a visual writing prompt and creative platform for students to practice visualizing and writing. See an example below:
The possibilities for this app are endless -It is really awesome to see a group of students grasp something totally new, embrace it, make it their own and realize you were a part of it. Thanks to Mrs. Marquardt for working with me on this with her students - It was fun and educational at the same time – a nice combination!
Visit the Write About this blog and watch this video to see what this one app can do…
A book trailer is a video advertisement for a book that uses text, images, music, movie clips, and/or voice recordings to promote and encourage reading. You can find MANY book trailers on YouTube today created by students. I use student created book trailers along with “official” book trailers created by publishing companies in our weekly “Book Hooks” for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders prior to checking out. I feel they are a great way to get readers excited about specific titles and authors.
Here is a PDF that shows how to make a book trailer. Check out the infographic below to see how many real-world skills and standards are met with this one digital media project:
Check out this iMovie Mrs. D. made on her iPad at home….It is a “trailer” designed to get you excited about the Read-a-thon this year!
Want more details? Just review this Slideshare with the specifics….Packets went home last Friday….
Want to share your students’ work online as a classroom or individual book? Try the online tool Flipsnack. Below is an example of Mrs. Staff’s 3rd grade Christmas stories, Mrs. Gauger’s 3rd grade Realistic Fiction Stories and Mrs. Reimer’s Gingerbread Stories from her 2nd graders.
All we need is to save the student work as PDFs and upload them to the website. Mrs. D. has a personal account with Flipsnack. Once your classroom book is published, it can be shared on a teacher’s classroom website for parents and other students and teachers to view.