Before you share your thoughts on a classroom blog (or anywhere online for that matter), remember these important “Blogging Rules”
1. Remember, do not share personal information like your full name, email address, home address or phone number.
2. Stay on topic when you are blogging or commenting on other blogs.
3. Do your best work – Make sure you check your spelling, spacing, capitalization and overall grammar.
4. Be Kind or Be Quiet – in other words, stay positive in your posts and comments to other’s posts.
What you say leaves a “digital footprint” and will follow you for many years….Here is an excellent website that discusses this important topic - http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/digitalfootprints/
I recently discovered a great website that has tons of suggestions for readers of all ages and several genres to choose from. It is called A Book and A Hug and is created by children’s specialist Barb Langridge - http://abookandahug.com/
I also liked a reader assessment tool that helps students discover what kind of reader they are. To find out what kind of a reader you are… what reading personality you match, just take this ten question assessment. Make yourself an answer sheet numbered one through ten. Then, select the letter of the answer that feels most like who you are and write that letter next to the number of the question. When you are finished with all ten questions, click on the answer sheet.
As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, there are many great online resources both educational and entertaining about this national holiday. I urge you to check out this Symballoo collection of Thanksgiving websites and videos from one of my favorite library blogs, Risking Failure. I hope you have a happy and safe holiday!
Mrs. Reimer’s 2nd graders worked with Mrs. D. to create an online book about what they were thankful for. Check out the fantastic illustrations and great personal narratives as each student reads their portion of this classroom book. Thanks to Mrs. Reimer for collaborating with Mrs. D. on this project – Enjoy! Click here to watch and listen!
Throughout our school, classrooms are humming with the sounds of students performing “Reader’s Theater.” According to Linda Cornwell of Scholastic.com, “Readers Theater is an integrated approach for involving students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. It involves children in….
- sharing literature,
- reading aloud,
- writing scripts,
- performing with a purpose, and
- working collaboratively.
Readers Theater is readers reading a script adapted from literature, and the audience picturing the action from hearing the script being read aloud. It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines. Instead of acting out literature as in a play, the performer’s goal is to read a script aloud effectively, enabling the audience to visualize the action. Performers bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and some gestures.
For an example, check out Ms. Wegner’s class performing Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears:
Wegner Group 1 and Wegner Group 2
Benefits of Using Readers Theater in the Classroom or Library?
Readers Theater helps to….
- develop fluency through repeated exposure to text.
- increase comprehension.
- integrate reading, writing, speaking, listening in an authentic context.
- engage students.
- increase reading motivation and create confidence and improve the self-image of students.
To view an online video of this Caldecott winning story click here!
Veterans Day is a great opportunity to share with children what sacrifices were made for the freedoms we enjoy. The following website offers information on this special holiday: http://www.theholidayzone.com/veterans/index.html
Thank you to all who served or are currently serving our country!
Picture Book Month is an international initiative to encourage everyone to celebrate literacy with picture books during the month of November. It’s website can be visited at www.picturebookmonth.com.
Every day in November, there will be a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important.
In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love. And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.
November is Picture Book Month. Join the celebration and party with a picture book!
Last week was a busy week in the library. Mrs. D. read Go Away Big Monster and Clifford’s First Halloween with Kindergartners, 1st graders and Mrs. D. read Don’t Look at It, Don’t Touch It and 2nd graders enjoyed the classic Winnie the Witch.
3rd graders learned who Dav Pilkey is and watched a demonstration of his illustrating talent, along with his description of why reading is a “super power.” 4th and 5th graders were introduced to a variety of books including Coraline, The Elsewhere series and Closed for the Season.
Using the digital storytelling site Little Bird Tales, Mrs. Maahs’s 1st graders wrote an online book as a whole class and two individual students were recorded reading the book. Mrs. D. was impressed by their knowledge of bats! Click here to watch and listen!
Mrs. Staff’s 3rd graders drew their own self-portraits and wrote a personal narrative about an important life event. Click here to listen to each one!
Mrs. D. also added several new books to our library collection. Thank you to Mrs. Lorge and Mr. Hughes for their suggestions of specific titles to engage students and parents in practicing fluency and partner reading. These books are now cataloged and in the parent section of our library next to the check out desk!