It is that time of year again! It is really hard to believe we have only two more weeks of school left! Two big events for the library take place this time of year: 1) The End-of-the-Year Book Raffle and 2)Our library inventory.
The book raffle is for all students who do not have an overdue book(s)…those students receive a raffle ticket that they write their name and grade on. Then they place their ticket in the bag of the book they would like to try and win. Mrs. D will choose the winners the last few days of school.
Our library inventory is well under way this week. This is the first time Mrs. D has attempted to do an inventory while still having classes. It is a challenge but she is blessed with wonderful support staff members who step right in and start scanning barcodes. With over 16,000 items to scan it does take awhile to do. Thank you to everyone who is helping us with this very large but important project!
Our latest rotation just ended a few days ago and we had Kindergartners excited to use ABCya paint to create their own pictures of what they love to do during the summer. 1st graders heard the story Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and practiced writing compliments to their classmates using ABCya Story maker. They also created an online picture and those were printed and shared creating some very happy recipients!
2nd graders discovered many folktales and fables on the Between the Lions website. 3rd, 4th and 5th graders tested out our trial subscription to PebbleGoNext. Many of them also enjoyed the educational games on that reference site.
This rotation we have 2nd and 3rd graders practicing computer animation using ABCya animate. With the option of using up to 100 slides we have seen quite a few well made animations!
4th graders worked on a project Mrs. D is calling “Scoot”. Students make a Google Slide about themselves and spend about 10 minutes on it. Then Mrs. T says “Scoot” and everyone moves over to the next computer. Students have about 2 minutes to come up with a compliment about their classmate before they have to “scoot” over to the next computer. In the end, each student has a slide filled with thoughtful, positive comments.
5th graders tried out Digital Compass (a digital citizenship website from Common Sense Media) and compared what that website to Digital Passport (which we used earlier in the year). Mrs. D collected “exit tickets” digitally using Padlet – getting feedback from the students as to which site they liked better and why.
While 3rd, 4th and 5th graders had their classes with Mrs. D and Mrs. T, we were also busy doing a health check of each of our students’ ipads. Mrs. D checked them out to the students and also looked for any repairs that might be needed to the cover or the ipad itself. Thank you to Mrs. T whose help was essential with the classes while the scanning was taking place!
Kindergartners and 1st graders used the app Make it Big to write an ending to the sentence “I love you because…” for Mother’s Day – Mrs. D read Just Me and My Mom to Kinders and The Day Before Mother’s Day to 1st graders. Then students then went to their assigned computer where they found a library ipad to use to finish their sentence. Mrs. D took pictures and used the photo editor Be Funky.com to create a border and print them out. A special thank you to Mrs. T and Mrs. Hanson, along with Miss Terri for helping students edit their answers while Mrs. D took the pictures.
2nd, 3rd and 4th graders used Google Drawing to write a decorative note to Mom and if there was time, students made an additional positive thank you note to a staff member of their choice.
Mrs. D really enjoyed seeing all of the creations that took place on these projects!
This past week Mrs. D introduced the website Free Rice to the 4th and 5th graders. Free Rice has two goals: 1) To provide a website that promotes learning about a variety of topics and 2) helping end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people around the world for free. Mrs. D gave students some background information about how the website works – for every correct answer you give on the site, the World Food Program donates 10 grains of rice (through the generosity of sponsors and businesses).
Many students enjoyed the challenging questions and the idea of helping others in need. One 5th grader was so excited about using the Free Rice website, she told Mrs. D “Free Rice is awesome – You are learning and helping people at the same time!” Mrs. D couldn’t agree more with that comment.
Please watch the video below to find out more about this unique website that has been in existence since 2007:
This week Riverside students have been learning how important it is to take care of our planet. Our subscription to Brainpop and BrainpopJr. has come in handy as we viewed various videos describing how to reduce, reuse and recycle and what an important role that each of us plays in keeping our planet clean and safe. Mrs. D loves the quizzes that are at the end of the videos that are used as a whole group to check for understanding of the topic.
Mrs. D added an additional link to our Earth Day Links on Riverside’s webpage and students also wrote answers to this week’s Question of the Week – “How can you take good care of the Earth?” Mrs. D was impressed with many of the answers that were given by students. How would you answer that question?
The last few weeks have flown by. We went from snowy and cold temperatures since spring break to sunny and 65 degrees the last few days. And as usual, Riverside library continues to be a busy place for students and staff.
During our one hour long computer classes students have been working on the following: Kindergarten and 1st graders are practicing word processing skills with a Spring Assortment activity where they type spring words and practice matching spring clipart to the correct column by clicking and dragging.
2nd graders were introduced to Big Universe, an online e-book subscription service that our library has purchased. It has over 9,500 e-books for K-5, most of which are nonfiction. Students enjoyed choosing their own avatar and creating their own bookshelf.
3rd, 4th and 5th graders were introduced to the Forward Exam. Students watched several tutorials and took a practice test on an iPad with a keyboard to get used to the online tools and format.
During our 1/2 hour library sessions 3rd, 4th and 5th were introduced to Big Universe. Kindergarten and 1st graders continued practicing logging into their own computers and exploring Sheppard Software Spring website which has a variety of educational games for young students.
2nd graders used Artpad to create spring pictures which we printed in color to share with family and friends.
We just had the 5th grade finish their Forward Exams and next week 3rd graders will begin taking the tests. For more information on the test please click on the Forward Exam link on Riverside’s webpage.
For several years now we have continued to add to our collection of Get Caught Reading posters in our library. Back in 2003 I received a community grant to start the project in my previous schools and when came to Riverside I started the project here.
The idea is simple. Show students the adults in their life (teachers and support staff) at school reading one of their favorite children’s books. Many times it is that positive example that motivates students to try a new book, discover a new series or be inspired by the art work of a talented illustrator.
This past week the library was used once again as a gathering place to take photos for this year’s yearbook. It was also my opportunity to snap a picture of our 5th grade Library Crew. We have 54 students signed up this year and we are very happy with the help they provide us to keep our library neat and organized!