Book Fair opens…

thinkExcitement filled the air this past week as the Scholastic Book Fair returned to Riverside library.  The book fair is open before and after school and during conferences.  Students who have a library/computer class will also have the opportunity to check out what is in this year’s book fair during their class time with Mrs. D.

Kindergartners enjoyed Mrs. D reading Clifford’s Thanksgiving while 1st graders enjoyed Fluffy’s Thanksgiving.

2nd and 3rd graders logged into their Google accounts and created a Thanksgiving poster entitled “I am thankful for…”  Many also had time to get their holiday poster printed before class time was over.

4th and 5th graders continued on their Digital Passport journey.  We discussed why it is so important to “think before you post”.  Many students completed the Privacy Share Jumper module of the Digital Passport program.

Mrs. D is so thankful for all of the parent/grandparent volunteers who are helping her out this year.  We also have several Riverside staff members volunteering for the Book Fair too.BookFair

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Being thankful…

thanksDuring our latest rotation Kindergarten and 1st graders enjoyed the story Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings.  We discussed how Thanksgiving is a great time to think about all of the people and things we are thankful for.

Both grades practiced typing up a list of what they were thankful for and/or using clipart representations.  Mrs. D, Mrs. T and Mrs. Hanson helped students print a copy of it to take home to share with their family.

2nd graders listened to Voicethread book talks of past 2nd and 3rd graders sharing their favorite books.  We talked about how a great “book hook” gets people interested in the book without giving away the ending.  We also discussed the Book Bugs reading incentive program and all of the prizes that can be earned.

3rd, 4th and 5th graders all watched Book Hooks from Mrs. D’s websites and practiced their typing skills using Typing Club before checking out books for this week.

Next on the agenda….the Book Fair arrives on the 18th.

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Digital Passports and more…

Digital-Passport-landingPage_HeroThis past rotation Mrs. D introduced the Common Sense Media digital citizenship website, Digital Passport to the 4th and 5th graders.  We focuses on the first module on communication.  We had great classroom discussions on how cell phones can distract us, followed by students logging into their Digital Passport accounts to test their knowledge of how to create strong passwords and practicing “multi-tasking”.

3rd graders had a review of keyboarding and why it is so important to practice our keyboarding skills.  Then they logged into Typing Club and focused on good posture and keeping fingers of home row vs. hunting and pecking at the keys.  We also discussed the Question of the Week which was “What is your favorite picture book?” – a logical question since November is Picture Book Month!

2nd graders reviewed our Ipad “rules” and how to take care of our ipads.  Then they worked with an assigned partner to use the QR reader app to scan codes around the library regarding questions about our library and staff.  Click here to see how well Mrs. King’s class did with #1 voices and walking feet during their QR activity!

1st graders enjoyed listening to Mrs. D read the book Read it, Don’t Eat it!  Students also time to check out books and have a choice time of 1st grade websites or reading.

Our Kindergarten classes enjoyed the story When I Get Bigger by Mercer Mayer.  Students are also getting better at switching users on and getting into our school website without any help from an adult.


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November is Picture Book Month!

PBMLOGO-VECTORMrs. D hopes students of all ages will check out and read picture books this month.  November is officially “Picture Book Month.”  Check out this website for more information: Every day in November, there is 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!


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October is Anti-bullying Month

october-is-bullying-awareness-monthOctober is Anti-bullying month and with it comes a great opportunity to review what bullying is and how it can be prevented.  Mrs. D works with our guidance counselor Mrs. Reinardy to teach students of all ages about this important topic.

Mrs. D read the picture book Lucy and the Bully to 1st graders and we discussed what they should do if they see bullying happening or are bullied themselves.  Mrs. D used the book Nobody Knew What to Do with 2nd graders and she was happy to hear from the students the strategies they came up with when it comes to this topic.

4th and 5th graders worked during two rotations to create Anti-bullying posters using Google Slides and Google Drawing.  Posters are laminated and will be hung up around the school and a slideshow is on the Riverside website.

As the month came to a close, Kindergarten and 1st grade students created online jack lanterns using Make a Pumpkin and Create a Pumpkin in ABCya.  Much to the students’ delight their creations were printed so they could be taken home and shared with family.

3rd graders have been practicing call number recognition and using the online library catalog Destiny to find specific books they can check out and enjoy.  It is hard to believe that November is already here!

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Internet Safety

This month we are focusing on Internet Safety for all grades.  In Kindergarten we discuss how to avoid pop-up ads when they are on the computer and how important it is to have an adult know what they are doing on the computer.  1st graders had a reminder of that also along with a good review of Internet Safety with the Hippo and Hedgebog Safety review from ABCya.4788667

2nd graders discussed as a whole group the importance of being kind to each other online and what is personal information and why we should not share it online.

3rd graders watched the BrainPopJr video Internet Safety and took the hard quiz.  Individually they reviewed those concepts using the Cybersense and Nonsense and Privacy Pirates websites.

4th graders worked together as a group to answer specific questions about online safety, followed by the website Professional Garfield’s Internet Safety.2814576

5th graders did a whole class review using specific scenarios regarding online safety and cyber bullying.  They tested their knowledge of those topics by taking the NS Teens Challenge.

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QR Code Scavenger Hunt

DSCN1693This past rotation had students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades participating in a QR Code Scavenger Hunt.  Mrs. D placed eight different QR codes around the library with an attached activity.  Students used their ipads to go around the library, scan the code (which took them to a YouTube video on that ipad topic) and then complete the activity written in red on the QR sheet.  Students practiced a variety of activities including airdropping, creating folders and hand gestures for short cuts.  Mrs. D rotated around the library asking individual students to demonstrate their knowledge of the topics.

Kindergartners are practicing their mouse skills and trying out the website Starfall to practice their reading and math skills.

1st graders dove into the Teach Your Monster to Read 2 and were excited to earn prizes for their avatar, while practicing reading in the process.

2nd graders created word clouds about themselves using ABCya Word Clouds…There were two copies printed – one for their writing folder covers and the other for home.

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