End of the Year Book Raffle Returns…

front-porch-clipart-book-raffle-clip-artAs we approach the end of the school year our library Book Raffle returns.  Students who do not have overdue books may participate in this fun activity.  How does it work?

  •    You can get one raffle ticket during your library class time.
  •    The book raffle display has numbered books and bags.
  •    Drop off your ticket in the bag of the book you would like to try and win.

Please remember:

  • We are running the book raffle this week and next week …
  • You can not get a ticket if you have overdue books…
  • Mrs. D will select the winners after the library closes (our last day is June 2nd)…

Click here for details!

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Showing our appreciation….

This past week students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades worked in the library on creating wordles for Moms for Mother’s Day and for teachers to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.  Mrs. D had a handout at each computer with a list of positive adjectives and positive phrases to assist students with ideas and with spelling as they worked on their creations.wordle-create-2

According the website English Club: “On the official website, Wordle is defined as a “toy for generating word clouds”. Wordle is useful for:

  • brainstorming or reflecting
  • remembering vocabulary
  • studying for an exam
  • summarizing a chat or discussion
  • adding a visual element to a blog post
  • sharing thoughts or notes on a certain subject
  • exploring colour palettes or fonts
  • creating fun thank you notes or greeting cards for friends or loved ones
  • displaying creativity

How to create a Wordle

  1. Go to Wordle.net (or start with the form on EnglishClub’s language tools page)
  2. Click on Create
  3. Type a bunch of words in the text box (to keep words together for phrases use ~ between each word). Click Go
  4. Change the font (letter style), layout (horizontal, vertical, etc.), and colour to suit your style. (You can click randomize until you like it, or design manually)
  5. Click on Save (save to public gallery and copy link OR take a screenshot)

If you haven’t tried out this fun word cloud creator, I urge you to try it out today!

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What’s New Spring 2015?

Several students were excited this past week to see the many new books lining the tables in the library – picture books, biographies, adventure stories, etc.8739609f949cdf9db1b125f8665dab37

How does Mrs. D decide which books to order?  She uses a variety of book reviews, award-winners for the Caldecott and Newbery Awards, titles that support the Common Core at various grade levels, among others.  Throughout the school year a list is compiled of teacher requests and student “wish lists” – after all it is important to have a library collection that reflects the interests of it’s patrons.

It seemed only fitting to end the last week of National Library Month with the introduction of our newest books.  Students had the chance to check out one new book this past week so as many students as possible had an opportunity to read a new book.  When Badger 3-8 testing was taking place in the library this week, Mrs. D brought the library to students on carts and checked out books with her laptop and scanner.

Please click here to see an animoto of just a few of the many titles that were added to our library!

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Happy Earth Day!

This past week students at all grade levels tried out different Earth Day websites that reminded students to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…”  2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders also had the opportunity to write poetry in various styles – from Theme poetry to Acrostic to Concrete.  Some students also used Artpad.com to create drawings of how to take good care of our planet.earth

Mrs. D also had to become creative herself as she brings the “Book Mobile” and laptop and scanner to individual classrooms that cannot use the library due to the Badger 3-8 testing that is taking place there.  5th graders completed their testing last week and 4th graders begin this week.

As National Library Month comes to a close this week, Mrs. D urges you to check out this fantastic task list that media specialist Naomi Bates created describing the ever-changing library field: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/1067411-tl-tasklist-what-we-do

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It’s our Destiny….

DestinyIconThis past rotation Mrs. D was busy getting 3rd, 4th and 5th graders introduced to our new catalog system, Follett Destiny.  We looked at the different interfaces – the more traditional online catalog and the Destiny catalog whose interface is very visual and set up for the 21st century learner.  Students were excited to try out the new system which includes the ability for students to “friend” each other and share their favorite books with each other.  Students (and teachers) can also write reviews of library books they have read.

Mrs. D also worked on creating a new Library Website that has links to various websites that help us with creating, exploring and researching the Internet.  Links to “Kid-Friendly” search engines and databases are also included.

2nd graders worked on creating concrete poems using spring words from either an included list or from their own imaginations.  As usual, Mrs. D was impressed with their creations!ConcretePoem

Our youngest students are continuing to improve on their log in skills – many of them succeeding on their first try!  They are also enjoying many of their grade level websites, including Teach Your Monster to Read.

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Don’t Let the Pigeon…

pigeonDuring our last rotation Kindergartners were introduced to various online paint tools as they practiced to complete a 10 page online coloring book.  The Kea Coloring book has a variety of coloring tools and templates.  Students also tried writing their first name with their mouse.  To try out the website, click here.

1st graders had a blast creating their own ending to Mo Willems’s story Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.  Using directions from the author, Mrs. D demonstrated how to draw the pigeon using the online drawing site, Paint, from ABCya.  Then students went to their computers and made their own creations.  Mrs. D was impressed with what they come up with!

2nd graders in Mrs. King’s class created Concrete Poems about spring.  They could either use an existing template of a spring animal or object or draw their own using their mouse.  Then they filled it in with words that have to do with spring.  Mrs. D is looking forward to continuing this project with the other 2nd grades in our next rotation.poem

3rd, 4th and 5th graders used with Typing Club or Dancemat Typing to practice their keyboarding skills during their 1/2 hour rotation this time.

Mrs. D was also working on getting our circulation records transferred to our new Follett Destiny program and we started using this program to check books out.  During our next rotation Mrs. D will introduce the Destiny online catalog.

Mrs. D hopes everyone has a fun and relaxing spring break!

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WEMTA Conference, Day 3 March 24th

Computer Lab: The Time is Now! – this session focused on projects that can be done in the computer lab.  Big Universe is an ebook subscription and is great for RTI.  Use “Memory” type games at the beginning of the year for Kindergarten students to practice mouse skills.  1st grade can make word clouds using Wordle, ABCya and Tagxedo.  2nd grade use Padlet to share information about a topic they research, do green screen projects with ipads Green Screen by Do Ink.  3rd grade uses Type to Learn 4 to practice keyboarding skills and they also have a typing Symballoo of other text276_4keyboarding sites and Reflex Math (paid subscription).  Fourth grade does Prezi, Google Presentations, using the app Chatterpix (like Blabberize) but you only have 30 seconds to record.  Also PicMonkey app can be used to make diagrams.    Also for animal research, use Chatterpix to take a picture of the animal and have the child record facts with mouth moving.  Great ideas!

Session 2 – How to Be a Library God or Goddess – a variety of professional development ideas were shared – she starts the school year with a promotional video shared with her students.  Her videos inspired students to create their own iMovies.  She uses Slideshare to share student work on her webpage.  “If I Had a Fairy Godmother….” writing project using a Paint program with 1st graders and Ocean Animals Research project with Kindergartners, they used World Book Online Kids version (text is read aloud feature) to create an online book with KidPix.  4th graders created biography summaries and record 30 seconds using Chatterpix, exported to their camera roll and then shared it (emailed) to the librarian.  Using Veescope app students can create a book commercial.  Many of these projects were done in a 1 : 1 setting.  They used a “Snowball” microphone to pick up sound better.  The best projects were the My Hero animoto project where students focused on someone in their life and the Internet Safety project using Comic Life of a comparison of a good and bad choice, using a storyboard to plan script.  She also has an iPad Bootcamp for the grades that are new to having their own ipad – stations are set up around the library covering various projects.

Author Luncheon/Presentation – YA author Chris Crutcher – wonderful presentation about turning real life experiences into fiction.  His art as a storyteller was incredible to witness.

Session 3 – Badges?! Yes We Need Some Stinking Badges – creating a culture of individual empowerment where students, parents, staff or adminstrators can earn badges for various technology accomplishments.  Currently badges have been used in video games.  Openbadges.com is a site that has great resources.  Learning Management Systems like Edmodo or Schoology but you can’t export those to something outside of the LMS.  At http://www.classbadges.com you can create a badges program of your own not tied down to a LMS.

Overall this was a fantastic experience and a great conference!

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