Have a great summer!

Wow!  This school year just flew by!  Mrs. D just got back from her family vacation at Lake Superior.  She hopes everyone takes the time to get some rest, read some great books and spend precious time with those you love – that’s what summer vacation is all about!

Please click below to watch the highlights of our 2017-18 school year at Riverside Elementary Library.


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And the 2019 Battle of the Books titles are….

Next year’s Riverside 4th and 5th graders are welcome to join the Battle of the Books group which is a statewide reading challenge.  Students read books deeply so that they retain information about plot, character, theme, setting, and other elements.

Why join BOB?

  • To build a love of reading
  • To encourage students to read books they might not have chosen
  • To engage students in an academic competition
  • To connect schools and teachers across the state
  • To have fun!

On June 1st the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA) released the books selected for the 2018-19 school year.  The statewide Battle of the Books program is designed to promote a love of reading among our students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters, and settings of the books. It is a fun, academic-based competition that has been very successful in school districts throughout the state in encouraging students to read.  

The 2018 Riverside’s final Battle team placed 11th in the state!  We hope you will encourage your child to join Battle of the Books this fall!

WEMTA Battle of the Books

Elementary Division 2019

Bruce’s Big Move by Ryan T. Higgins

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers

Edition) by Malala Yousafzai

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis

Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust by

Jennifer Roy

The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Swindle by Gordon Korman

Welcome to Wonderland: Home Sweet Motel by Chris Grabenstein

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


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“We rise by lifting others.”

Mrs. D loves to do lessons that inspire students to treat each other like it’s their birthday.  This past rotation she had 4th graders watch a fun video by Kid President on how to be an awesome person.  Then she had students make a title Google slide that described themselves and what they thought makes them awesome, what they like to do and what brings them joy.  After about 10 minutes of decorating their own slide, Mrs. D and Mrs. T had them “scoot” over to the next computer and spend 2 minutes writing something special about the classmate whose computer they were at.  After about 12 “scoots” students returned to their own computer to enjoy the kind comments that were left on their slide.

As we find ourselves living in a world with more uncertainty and violence, I think it is essential that we work as educators and as parents to make sure our children realize the importance of valuing each other.   In a thought-provoking article by social worker Melissa Hettenbach entitled Why I Believe Teaching Kindness Is More Important Than Ever,  “The world is still good my little friends because you are in it. You are kind. And on days that you have doubt you will see, hear, and feel kindness from your friends. And on days when your friends have doubt you will show them kindness in return. On days when you forget, I will remind you that you are kind and I believe in you. You are not alone.”


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Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

This is the time of the year when students are getting excited for summer vacation and sometimes getting along with each other becomes more of a challenge.

This past rotation 1st graders heard the story Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  Then Mrs. D gave each student a classmate’s name and had them use StoryMaker to draw a picture and write a positive note to that classmate to “fill their bucket”.  It was fun to see the delight students had in sharing compliments with each other!

Mrs. D shared the summer story The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp and after the story students created a summer picture using ABCya Paint.  These students have come a long way with their computer skills since last September!

2nd through 4th grades practiced keyboarding while 5th graders challenged themselves with online puzzles from the MENSA website for kids (and adults).

This rotation 5th graders are working on creating a book trailer using iMovie’s trailer templates.  Students are enjoying choosing their own favorite chapter book or picture book and putting together a trailer which they will share with Mrs. D.  She plans on creating QR codes for the library books that match the trailers, making book marks and codes for the books themselves.

2nd and 3rd graders are taking advantage of the many QR codes already around the library and spending time reading and listening to summer and camping stories or diving into a print book.  Mrs. D is also working individually with students to get their Overdrive app set up on their new iPads.

We are also working on scanning the over 16,100 items in our library for inventory and preparing headphone bags for summer storage.  There is always a lot going on in the library and this time of year is very busy!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mrs. D enjoys finding ways to connect technology with real life experiences so this rotation students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades created Mother’s Day gifts using technology.

The website Wordart.com is a great word cloud creator and Mrs. D demonstrated how to create word lists, choose shapes, change fonts and choose colors.  After students were done, Mrs. D and Mrs. T helped students print their word cloud in color to share with their Moms.  4th and 5th grade students were given multiple options to use other the word cloud site which included:

  • Making a card using Pages (card templates)
  • Write a poem for Mom using Google Drawing
  • Create a collage of photos (Mom’s favorites, family pictures) using Pic Collage
  • Use You Doodle or Pixelmator to create a positive note for Mother’s Day
  • Use Clips to create a video for Mother’s Day

During our 1/2 hour Kindergarten and 1st grade classes Mrs. D read the books Just Me and My Mom (K) and The Night Before Mother’s Day (1).

Mrs. D also received the last shipment from Mackin books which included some great additions to our Badger Biographies which are used by our 4th graders when working on their Wax Museum projects.  Mrs. D set up a special shelf just for these informative biographies of these famous Wisconsites!

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Poem in Your Pocket 2018

Another busy week has come and gone.  We continued with Forward testing, printing and sorting tickets, counting keyboards, checking out iPads….In between (and many times during) library classes Mrs. D had the Kindergartners and 1st graders  busy creating online pictures and notes for Mother’s Day using Story Maker from ABCya.

Mrs. D is enjoying reading Just Me and My Mom to the Kindergarten classes, while she reads The Night Before Mother’s Day to the 1st graders.

2nd and 3rd graders are practicing writing notes on the Pages app on their iPads while 4th graders learned about the Free Rice websitewhich is a 100% non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme.

Freerice has two goals:

  • Provide education to everyone for free.
  • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

Each time you answer a question right, the banner ad that you see generates enough money for the World Food Programme to buy 10 grains of rice to help reach Zero Hunger.

5th graders revisited Biblionasium and added books to their shelves and reviewed at least one title.  On April 26th Riverside celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day  and is part of National Poetry Month. On this day, we select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others in classrooms, the playground and even on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate.

Mrs. D enjoyed sharing her poem with students who had classes in the library that day.  It was a written by Shel Silverstein.

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Google Logo Earth Day project

Mrs. D had 5th graders work on a new, fun activity this year to help celebrate Earth Day.  Students practiced coding basics while creating their own Google logo about celebrating and protecting the environment. As the CS First website states, “The skills students gain in this one-hour activity are the building blocks for programming technology that organizations like WWF use in their efforts to protect the planet’s animals and natural environment.”

Students enjoyed changing the sprites, adding animations and dialogue and adding backgrounds to their unique Google doodle while also using Scratch to code their new creations.  Mrs. D snapped screenshots and has many of them in the featured Animoto video at the bottom of this post.

Kindergartners and 1st graders reviewed Earth Day “clues” and discussed how we can make our Earth a cleaner and happier place to live.  2nd and 3rd graders were introduced to the cool website Story Time in Space, where we listened to an astronaut at the International Space Station read from one of her favorite books, Rosie Revere, Engineer.  To view more stories from space, check out this fun website!

In between (and sometimes during) Mrs. D’s classes, she assisted teachers and students as we started our Forward Testing this past week.  Mrs. D is grateful to everyone who had patience with her as she juggled these busy duties in conjunction with her teaching schedule

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Google Earth Day Logo Project


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