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!
Third graders are starting a new project involving researching American heroes and innovators. In the library this week, we started with Step 1 of the Big 6 research process.
First, we brainstormed a list of questions to guide each student's research. We thought about questions that could be asked to learn more about a person.
Next, students rotated through stations to learn more about people they could research. Each table was a different category: Authors, Innovators, Trailblazers, and Founding Fathers. I used an Instagram template to make a "post" for each person, including a picture and a short description of the person's accomplishments. The QR codes on each post link to the FactCite database article about that person. Books were also on the table for more information. Click here to access all of the Instagram posts.
This week it was fourth grade's turn to review nonfiction text features. First, we reviewed the various text features in nonfiction books and how those features can be used to find information. Next, I showed students an example of a comic that I made using a nonfiction text feature.
I shared the comic template with them using Google Classroom. They worked on Chromebooks to edit the document with a nonfiction text feature that I assigned to them, including taking a picture of the text feature from a book. Click here to make a copy of the editable template to use with your students!
This week 2nd grade is reviewing nonfiction text features with Nearpod. We are using the camera function in the Draw It activity to take pictures of various text features found in books and magazines. First, we quickly reviewed nonfiction text features with this presentation:
Next, students used discarded magazines and nonfiction books to take pictures of each text feature. I used a Nearpod Draw It activity for each text feature, and shared students' pictures with the class as we worked. They loved seeing their work shown to the class!