For the first time at our school, second graders are participating in the Global Read Aloud! The Global Read Aloud helps students connect to each other by reading the same books. For more information, visit the Global Read Aloud website.
First, we introduced ourselves by writing class poems. This is an example from Mrs. Russell's class:
We did an author study of Mem Fox, and read four of her books: Koala Lou, Possum Magic, Whoever You Are, and Tough Boris. We connected with another second grade class in Pennsylvania and we posted our work on a shared website.
Best of all, we had the opportunity to connect with our partner class via video conference! We were able to ask questions about Pennsylvania and what our partner class's school is like, and we answered questions from them. What an amazing opportunity to connect with other learners!
Dot Day is one of my favorite events in the library! While kindergarten, first grade, and second grade did the more traditional Dot Day activities (dot draw-starts, dot art, and using the Quiver app to see 3D rendering of dots), third and fourth grades took on a special Dot Day project.
After reading The Dot, third and fourth graders talked about how Vashti started small, then was able to create more, and eventually influence another budding artist. Then we wrote a goal for this school year. We discussed how the goal should be something that could be accomplished this year and that could be measured. Students created a dot of their own as well.
The following week, we used the Aurasma app to record students talking about their goals and used their dots as the trigger image. I used task cards to guide students through the steps to link their dot to their video.
The dots are up in the library, ready for students, teachers, and anyone else who is interested to scan!
School's back in session, and we are rocking and rolling!
While I love seeing familiar faces and meeting new students at the beginning of the school year, I'm not as fond of going over library procedures and book care. This year, I enlisted the help of my friend Fly Guy for my book care video. Check it out!
These two books are perfect for the start of the school year! If You Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! is a great introduction to library rules, with just the right amount of silliness. School's First Day of School is a wonderful read for 2nd and 3rd grade students. It tells the story of the first of school from the school's point of view. School's First Day of School is also one of this year's Texas 2x2 books. For more information on 2x2 books, click here.
We have so much planned for this year! I can't wait to share it with everyone!
As we wind down the 2016-17 school year, I wanted to create something other than the traditional end-of-year library report. While it's important to keep track of data like circulation numbers and items in the library, I wanted to show the amazing activities and events that we do in addition to checking out books, so I made a short video to showcase our library's year in review.
I'm already thinking about next year and all of the goals I want to accomplish in the library. Check back in August!!
Bill Burden students are working to crack the code to open our new BreakoutEDU boxes!
This was a fun end-of-year challenge for our kiddos, but I (of course) had to inject some library skills in there! Here is the presentation that I used to introduce and explain the challenge:
Next, students set out to solve the clues and open the box. I used the following sheet for students to keep track of the combinations for the various locks (images from breakoutedu.com). I also used task cards that guide students to find books in the library to unlock the alphabet lock. I made one card for 2nd grade and one for 3rd/4th grade.
This was such a great way to end the school year! Collaboration, critical thinking, and communication were all used as students solved each challenge and unlocked each lock. I can't wait to use my Breakout boxes more next year!
One of the options last week for our maker stations was creating an emoji book review. Teachers had previously created emoji book reviews for a library display, and the students wanted to make their own!
I created an assignment in Google Classroom so students could easily share their book reviews with me, and I can print them out to use next year.
I used the task cards below to guide students through the process.
Here are some of the book reviews:
In preparation for an upcoming research project, second graders learned about the Super 3 research method and how to use PebbleGo to research sea otters. The Super 3 steps are Plan, Do, and Review. First, we came up with research questions to guide us. Then students used PebbleGo on the iPads to answer theie research question. Finally, we determined if students found the answer to their question and did their best work.
Here is the research guide we used:
This spring, Burden 3rd and 4th graders are invited to take a reading challenge! We will use these reading bingo cards to encourage students to read different types of books. Good luck!!
Download your own copy here:
A book that involved sports- check!
I read Soar by Joan Bauer to fill in another square on my reading bingo card! I loved Soar! It had baseball, humor, and a story of family bonding. Jeremiah's story really stuck with me and made me realize that family isn't always someone you are related to. This book would be a great read-aloud for a class!
Click here for more details and download your own bingo card!
Another week of maker station fun! This week we have Keva Planks, Ozobots (we added two more), magnet blocks, coding on iPads, and my favorite, the cardboard box station! Those are boxes that were delivered to my house just in the last two weeks!