Have a great summer!

What a great school year it has been!  Thank you for making it such a success and I hope each and every one of you takes time this summer to refresh and rejuvenate yourselves.  Follow your dreams, enjoy the company of your family and friends and, of course, don’t forget to read some good books!

Have a great summer!

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Flexible learning space

Just before Mrs. D left for medical leave our library received beautiful tables with wheels and stackable chairs that now make the center area of our library easier to “transform” for presentations and robotics/makerspaces!  Thank you to our DCE administration for funding this flexible seating for all of our elementary school libraries in our district.

It is really hard to believe we have just a little over a week 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.  Library staff will choose the winners the last few days of school.DSCN2097

Our library inventory is well under way this next week.  This will be done while there are still classes being taught.  It is a challenge but we are 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!

Mrs. D also wants to thank Mrs. Wolfe for long-term substitute teaching for Mrs. D as she recovers from surgery.  Mrs. Wolfe is an excellent teacher and has experience working in a school library.  Thanks Mrs. Wolfe!

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Overdrive is here…

The past few weeks the library have been very busy.  What’s happening?  Kindergarten students listened to Mrs. D read Mr. Wiggle’s Book and reviewed how to take care of book.  They are also enjoying summer stories and using their computers to draw a picture of what they enjoy doing outside during the summer time.  1st graders are learning how to “fill buckets” of others by giving compliments and being kind to one another.  Then they are creating a note to a classmate with ABCya Story Maker, drawing a picture online and typing their note.  We are printing them so students can give their notes directly to their classmates.    2nd graders practiced math and reading skills with the website Recess Room.  2nd and 3rd graders created Mother’s Day Wordles to share with their mothers after being inspired by stories like The Kissing Hand and  Stellaluna.

4th and 5th graders got to work with the Dash robots once again, this time using the Blockly app for Dash on their iPads.  With partners or in groups of three students worked through a variety of challenges to code Dash to follow specific commands.  Mrs. D had one of the 4th graders share a code he created with his own personal Dash at home with his classmates.  It was great to see students taking that next step with coding.

This rotation 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are getting an introduction from Mrs. D about Overdrive, which is a free service offered by our school libraries that lets students and staff borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from their digital collections.  Information about Overdrive and all of the other reading options for students will sent home with them right before school gets out this year.

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Poem in Your Pocket Day

The past few weeks have been extremely busy with Forward testing and Mrs. D and Mrs. T have been coordinating their efforts to get tickets and keyboards out to the classrooms and helping with any troubleshooting problems that they can.  We are also very happy that one of our IT colleagues, Mr. Kloth, was available to be at Riverside the first few days of each grade levels testing time.

On Thursday, April 28th, we celebrated Poem in Your Pocket day at Riverside.  It seemed only fitting to end April (which is both library appreciation and poetry month) with our annual Poem in Your Pocket Day. Several students shared poems with classmates and met with different classrooms to recite a poem they had either written themselves or had found in a poetry book or website. Mrs. D had 5th grade classes participate in a Poetry Race found on the Giggle Poetry website. Just another great way to practice fluency and spread the love of reading and poetry!  Check out this original poem written by one of our 5th grade students, Lyn S.

The rain falls,

Wetting the ground,

So I’m hoping that tomorrow,

The plants will come around.

Today in snow they are buried,

And their leaves, the wind has carried.

I hope tomorrow

Their leaves will begin to grow

So tomorrow I can go

Frolic in a flower filled meadow

 

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Prodigy, Wild Selves, PebbleGoNext and more….

The last two rotations have kept us busy in the IMC – Kindergartners practiced logging in as themselves and then practiced finding keys on their keyboard while doing Keyboarding Zoo while 1st graders loved talking about award-winning Caldecott books.  Mrs. D shared Where the Wild Things Are, followed by students going to the Create Your Wild Self website where they put together a digital mixture version of themselves with both human and animal qualities.

2nd and 3rd graders have been learning about recycling and taking good care of the Earth and tested their knowledge using websites under the Earth Day links on our library webpage.  4th graders practiced finding keywords when searching on the Internet in Module 4 of Digital Passport while 5th graders finished up Digital Compass and engaged in great discussions about plagiarism and copyright issues.

Last week 5th graders finished working on their Guidance Google Slide project with Mrs. Brecke so they can present their All about me slides to their parents in a few weeks.  3rd, 4th and 5th graders spent the first 15 minutes of their 1/2 hour library class time previewing PebbleGoNext.  Mrs. D heard several positive comments from students about this resource.

Mrs. D has been enjoying using the new 70″ flat screen television in the pit which replace our SmartBoard.  The picture is sharp and it is a great addition to our library.  Mrs. D even added a 1947 typewriter as a makerspace and it is fun watching students use it to type notes to family and friends.

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Meet Dash

During our last rotation our 4th and 5th graders worked in assigned pairs and groups of three to practice their coding skills.  What is Dash?   According to the Wonder Workshop website “Dash is a real robot, charged and ready to play out of the box. Responding to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot you always dreamed of having. Use the Wonder app to create new behaviors for Dash — doing more with robotics than ever possible.”  Mrs. D enjoyed seeing how well students worked together and helped each other figure out the challenges using the Wonder app.

2nd and 3rd graders were introduced to the app/website Prodigy which is a free, adaptive math game for grades 1-7.  It integrates math into a role-playing game using a Pokemon-style wizardry theme. … As students play, question difficulty is increased or decreased depending upon their answers and facility with the skills.

Kindergarten and 1st graders worked on logging into their assigned computer using their own login and password.

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Typing Club Ninjas 2017

Right after school on March 23rd Mrs. D took a screen shot of the top ten in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in the Typing Club program.  Those individuals will be receiving a certificate and a large Hershey chocolate bar for their efforts.  Winners for this year’s contest are:

3rd grade: Chuemong K, Cassidy B, Jai K, Annalise M, Samuel D, Delaney R, Dalilah V, Israel K, Kristen R, and Jordyn S.

4th grade: George J, Ryden L, Blake B, Tyler M, Elin N, Brian L, Ella S, Sophia W, Kaden G and Caedmon A.

5th grade:  Jia K, Cayden B, Grace P, Evan P, Dakota W, Aidan G, Max H, Drew R, Reis N and Isabella J.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Why is knowing how to keyboard so important in today’s world?  I found several reasons in the following article: https://adamfortgo.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/benefits-of-touch-typing-skills/ 

Here are the top 3:

“1. Speed. This is going to be the first and most obvious benefit of learning to touch type. A touch typist can easily reach typing speeds above 75-80 words per minute, while a hunt and peck typist would be hard pressed to reach 30 words per minute. This also increased by the fact that an accomplished touch typist doesn’t have to look at the keyboard. It is difficult to type something while reading it if you have to look down at the keyboard every other stroke to find your next key.

2. Accuracy. One of the most important things to learn no matter how hard you type is to type accurately. Ask anyone who’s ever played a multi player online game, and they’ll tell you how it important it is to be able to type quickly and accurately. No one is going to be able to ride to your rescue if your typing skills are so atrocious that no one can understand what you’re saying.

3. Time. If you increase your typing speed from, say 30 words per minute to 60, you have effectively halved the time it would take you to do the same amount of work. An average two finger typist, typing at for example of 15 words per minute, will type a 250 word section in about 17 minutes. A touch typist, on the other hand, typing at an average 60 words per minute, can type the same section in around 4 minutes.”

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