Blackout Poetry…Google Earth…and more….

Many say that variety is the spice of life and variety is just what you get when you work as a school media specialist.  Visions of a school library as a quiet, isolated area where voices are seldom heard above a whisper are a thing of the past.

That was very apparent this past week.  Mrs. D enjoyed a poetry “race” with 5th grade classes to see who could beat her record time of 12.5 seconds when reading aloud the tongue twister Betty Botter.  So far this year’s student record is 10.3 seconds.  After checking out books Mrs. D introduced the concept of Blackout Poetry and 5th graders used the markup feature on their iPads or an app such as You Doodle or Pixelmator to take a photo of a page from a book and create their own poem.  Mrs. D was impressed with the poems students air dropped to her before the end of class!

3rd and 4th graders started to prepare for the upcoming Forward Exam by watching the student tutorial videos that review the structure of the test and the online tools they will be using when they take the test on their iPads in a few weeks.

As Earth Day approaches Mrs. D introduced Google Earth to our 2nd graders and they are having a blast using the Google Earth app on their new iPads to find the famous places on their scavenger hunt sheets.  The library was lively and loud during this activity and it was great to see students show each other new features and how to use them as they discover them themselves.

April is a busy month and along with poetry, Earth Day and testing, we also celebrate National Library Month.  Kindergartners reviewed book care rules as Mrs. D read Mr. Wiggles’ Book to them.  Our kindergartners were also excited to start checking out two books at a time!  1st graders reviewed our book care rules and Mrs. D showed them examples of “sad” books that have a variety of problems (water damaged, chewed by pets, etc.).

Mrs. D encourages you to watch the video below to learn more about how the Google Earth app’s features are created.  Technology is amazing, isn’t it?


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April is National Library Month

This month Riverside library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

April 8-14 is the official National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

Riverside library helps lead the community by providing an education in technology and literacy appreciation skills for our students.

This month our school’s Literacy Committee will help Mrs. D and Mrs. T celebrate our library by providing a gently-used paperback book exchange.  Stay tuned for details….

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

We are excited to celebrate with you!

2018 School Library Month Spokesperson Jason Reynolds speaks about the importance of School Libraries below:

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What are you reading today?

Students in 2nd grade GT, 3rd and 4th grades are returning to the book review site Biblionasium during this rotation to add more books to their online book shelf and reviewing another book that they would recommend to a friend.

What book are you reading?  Mrs. D loves to spend the end of her day winding down by reading books and magazines.  Currently she is reading Wishtree by Katherine Applegate.  According the author’s website, “Trees can’t tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this “wishtree” watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best—writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.”

In our hour long library classes this rotation Kindergartners are learning how to use PebbleGo to find out facts about animals and famous people.  1st graders are enjoying the Caldecott award winning story Where the Wild Things Are and then going to the New York Zoos and Aquarium website where students can create their own “wild self” and print out their creation, along with fun facts about the animals they have chosen to use in their creation.

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11th place in Battle of the Books!

Our Battle of the Books group tied for 11th place in the statewide test this year! That is the best we have placed since Mrs. D has been at Riverside! Congratulations girls!

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Top o’ the morning to you!

This past week Kindergartners and 1st graders enjoyed the story The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day, followed by exploring a variety of online puzzles, word searches and math games involving leprechauns and pots of gold.  Check out the St. Patrick’s Day links on our library website.

During our 1 hour sessions 2nd graders returned to our library Google classroom to practice their writing and word processing skills by finishing the statement I am Lucky because…..and adding a picture from an image search.  3rd graders returned the our library Google classroom to write about what they would do if they found a pot of gold.  It was fun to see how many students focused on helping others with their new found “fortune”.  Students were also practicing changing fonts, sizes and colors.  Many students enjoyed printing their creations to share with their families.

4th graders returned to Digital Passport to earn badges in the topics of privacy and cyberbullying while 5th graders spent their class time adding to their All About Me Google slides or Keynote presentations for guidance class.

This week was super busy with the Science Fair and the new iPad exchange taking place.  Mrs. D is also reminding students about proper handing of their new iPads and that covers should not be exchanged for their own.  The addition of Generation 5 iPads will bring about exciting learning opportunities for the future!

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Typing Club winners 2018

At the end of February Mrs. D took a screen shot of the top five 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: Adam L, Zeke L, Natalie V, Clayton B and Allison P.

4th grade: Jai K, Chuemong K, Kristen R, Annalise M and Delaney R.

5th grade:  Ryden L, George J, Ella S, Caedmon A and Tyler M.

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: 

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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Read Across America celebration

This year our building Literacy Committee helped Mrs. D and Mrs. T organize a school-wide, week long Read Across America celebration and it was a great success!

Monday March 5thPicture it! “Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers” – Students were encouraged to snap a picture of themselves & their family reading a book together at home and bring it to school to add it to the collage on the entryway wall collage.

Tuesday March 6th–  Fox in Socks Day!  Wear your own unique/favorite/crazy socks to celebrate you and being who you are.

Wednesday March 7th– Cindy Loo Who & Horton Hears a Who–  They’re celebrating you and your wackiest hair-do!  Be WHO you are!

Thursday March 8thSlip into a Good Book- wear slippers and read a good book!

Friday March 9th– Cat in the Hat Dress up Day!  Dress as your favorite Seuss character.

ALL week-long students could be on the lookout for Bruno Reading around the school.  Bruno (in the form of a small paper mascot reading, laminated) was hidden around the school throughout the school day.   If students “catch” Bruno reading—they could bring him down to Room 13 (Mrs. Guldan/Mrs. Hoffman/Miss Xiong/ Ms. Spiegel’s room) to choose a free book to keep!  Winner’s could only win once.

Throughout the week our principal, Mr. Kampmann, also read a story each day to promote reading and kindness.

During library classes this week Kindergartners and 1st graders enjoyed the story Green Eggs and Ham and decorating bookmarks and coloring sheets, along with going to the Seussville website and the Cat in the Hat PBSKids website for fun activities.  2nd and 3rd graders played Dr. Seuss Trivia with Mrs. D while 4th graders played Dr. Seuss Jeopardy as a large group.  5th graders continued to work on their All About Me guidance projects on Google classroom with Mrs. Brecke and Mrs. D.

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