The last few weeks of school before our winter break were filled with lots of music practices and performances, introductions to our science fair displays and experiments books, showing students the Riverside Math question of the month that Mr. Hughes has created, adding maker spaces for students to try out…Hour of Code activities continued as some students choose to go back to tutorials they were in during their first HOC time – I love how students are so eager to practice coding skills and are so helpful when classmates have questions for each other!
We are so proud that Riverside library continues a long tradition of supporting student activities and embracing technology…In just one day students practiced coding, keyboarding skills, created online gingerbread houses and the library hosted a holiday party for the Lego club!
Day 3 is also the time for Battle of the Books students to meet – 4th graders meet with Mr. Podeweltz in his classroom and 5th graders meet with Mrs. D in the library, both groups bringing their lunches with them as we review the BOB books and try to stump each other with trivia questions.
The last few days before vacation 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders enjoyed Holidays around the World trivia and HATW qr code scavenger hunts while the Kindergartners and 1st graders enjoyed holiday stories. Some added more ornaments to our Christmas tree that explained what their favorite book is. Mrs. D and Mrs. T wish everyone a restful and enjoyable winter break!
For the fourth year in a row Riverside Elementary is participating in the Hour of Code. What is that? According to their website, “The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2017 Computer Science Education Week is December 4-8, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.”
Mrs. D started doing Hour of Code lessons with Kindergarten and 1st graders the week before and now during this rotation she is working with 2nd-5th graders on it.
2nd graders are trying the Plants vs Zombies tutorial and the latest Minecraft tutorial. 3rd and 4th graders are going through the first few stages of the Minecraft tutorial with Mrs. D in class while 5th grade goes through the Create Your Own Google Logo tutorial. Then students will have lab time to choose any coding tutorial on the Hour of Code site. Mrs. D also showed them how to filter the tutorials for the appropriate grade level since the site is pre-school through 12th grade.
It is fun to see how students work together and problem-solve the coding activities. Why every school should teach computer science? Watch this to find out!
Visitors to the Riverside IMC can find posters scattered around the library featuring teachers and support staff with a copy of their favorite book. The “Get Caught Reading” poster project is something that she has done for almost 17 years now and Mrs. D also had posters created for her previous schools, Easton, Hatley and Schofield Elementary schools. Our newest additions have been recently laminated and will be up soon for display. Come visit us to check them out!
Mrs. D will be introducing the Battle of the Books for 2018 during our newest rotation starting Nov. 29th. Interested 4th and 5th graders will be able to sign up and Mrs. D will be meeting with 5th graders during Day 3 lunch while Mr. Podeweltz will meet with 4th graders during their lunch time on Day 3. Click here to see an animoto video of this year’s book selections! Thank you to Mr. Podeweltz for working with the 4th grade BOB members again this year!
This past rotation Kindergartners enjoyed the story The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings which was followed up by students working on their Thanksgiving word document where they practiced typing their names and choosing clip art and moving the clip art onto their document. Thankful documents were printed for students to take home and share.
1st graders watched BrainpopJr’s video on the history of Thanksgiving. During computer lab time students chose from a variety of Thanksgiving websites that offered word searches, memory games and informational videos.
2nd graders in Mrs. Schwan’s GT class, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders continued working on their book reviews and earning Biblionasium badges.
Friday we started our current rotation. Kindergartners are enjoying the classic story Swimmy read by Mrs. D before we check out books and spend a short remainder of our time in the computer lab. 1st graders are reviewing how to log in as themselves and practicing logging in after they check out books.
Our Book Bugs program continues to have many students participating and earning prizes. Congratulations to Emma Lekie and Benjamin Mevis for reading 1000 books – they both received an engraved trophy for their efforts!
This rotation Mrs. D is introducing the PBS kids website to the kindergartners with a “guess who” game of the various characters students find on that website. 1st graders are reviewing how to use PebbleGo with our school login and password, and are exploring the different features and information that can be found on that database.
2nd graders are reviewing positive character traits and creating a word cloud about themselves using the Wordle website and we are printing out black and white copies for their teachers and the students. The GT 2nd grade and all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are being introduced to a new program, Biblionasium.
What is it? According to their website, “Biblionasium is a fun, reading-focused social network for kids ages 6-13. Connecting kids in an encouraging community of friends, family and their educators, Biblionasium excites, engages and encourages a love of the written word.”
Mrs. D is demonstrating how to log into the program through our library catalog and all of the program features, including adding favorite books to your shelf, sharing books with classmates and writing a review. This looks like a great resource for getting students excited about reading and sharing their favorite books with each other.
This year our library made $965 from our Scholastic Book Fair. Thank you to everyone who purchased items in the book fair and a special thank you to all of the following people who helped Mrs. D this year: Setup – Mr. Ron and Mrs. T – Cashiers: Mrs. T, Angela Woolf, Ashley Sekula, Heather Rogan, Courtney Pheifer, Karry Salber, Denise Sousa, Courtney Burger, Laura Isham, Amy Dettman, Janis Dixon, Rachel Rentmeester, Cheryl Franklin, Holly Pagel and Cindy Daniels. Special thank you to Laura Isham, D.J. Isham and Mr. Podeweltz for helping Mrs. D with packing the book fair up.
On Thursday, Oct. 19th we opened our Riverside Scholastic Book Fair. The fair runs through the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 25th. It is open before and after school and also during parent/teacher conferences.
According to the Scholastic Book Fair website “Around the country and world, Scholastic’s literacy events generate excitement for reading and revenues for schools. One of Scholasticʼs best-known and best-loved businesses is Book Fairs, in-school events that bring the joy and excitement of reading right to students. With the look and feel of a bustling bookstore, these weeklong events feature mobile cases full of affordable books based on characters and subjects kids love and want to read about. From newly released books and best sellers to award-winning titles and perennial favorites, every book is hand-selected by Scholastic experts and chosen from dozens of other publishers.”
Mrs. D and Mrs. T also try to display as many books as possible, avoiding “trinkets”, games, kits, etc. In our opinion a book fair should be just that…books…..The library chooses to take the cash profit option so we can have additional funds to support our library program, including our Battle of the Books club, our Library Crew and our Book Bugs reading incentive program.
Come and visit the fair this week and if you can’t make it, please visit our online fair at: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/rivelem
Thanks for your support!