NOTE: We apologize in advance for this post being extremely dense due to the number of insanely awesome events we wanted to share! But it’s worth it!
We have been recovering from the both thrilling and exhausting Bookapalooza: our week-long celebration of books, reading, and literacy, March 3–March 7. In order to develop a child’s love of reading, it’s important to have opportunities where students can read and enjoy literacy activities without assignments and projects attached. Pine Glen celebrated Bookapalooza, National Read Across America Day, Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, and World Read Aloud Day in many different ways that you will see below. We had so much fun that we’re already looking forward to next year!
Author Skype with Bob Shea Who We Think is Pretty Great!
When I tweeted to Bob Shea, author and illustrator of Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great!, to tell him that his book won the Pine Glen Mock Caldecott Award, he generously offered to Skype with us during our Bookapalooza Week. What a wonderful, last minute surprise when he read us his new book, Don’t Play with Your Food and let our students ask questions.
Dress Up as a Favorite Book Character Day
It’s always fun to dress up and we especially enjoyed dressing up as some of our favorite book characters! Can you spot the Paper Bag Princess, Pete the Cat, the Lorax in the photos below? Who else did you find?
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World Read Aloud Day/Week
Once again, Pine Glen was thrilled to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. You can find out more about it here. We connected and shared stories with so many new and familiar friends in Georgia, Wisconsin, Maine, Connecticut, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Maryland, and Sicily, Italy! Below were some of our favorite stories to share.
This year we tried something different. We created Padlets so students could share favorite reading memories with each other before we met online.
Sicily, Italy! These kids ski on Mt. Etna even when there is lava oozing.
Each homeroom matched up with another homeroom for Book Buddies and found time in the busy schedule to read to each other. The LTC had plenty of great read-alouds on hand in case students needed to find a great read quickly. We overheard many teachers commenting on wanting to do Book Buddies every week. Yes, please!
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Team Trivia Challenge
How many groovy buttons does Pete the Cat have? . . In which book will you find the Wild Rumpus? . . What kind of tree is found in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom? . . Could you answer these book trivia questions? Pine Glen students did! Every morning each homeroom received a new set of book-related trivia questions. They competed as homeroom teams to see which homeroom could get the most right. There were extra points at stake if one team member could recite to me the very long name of Tikki Tikki Tembo! Everyone in the homeroom was allowed to play (even the adults!) and no one could use a computer of any kind (however, use of books was encouraged). It was a fun way to celebrate the books we love.
With snow days, Valentine’s Day, and this being the last week of school before February vacation, it was pretty quiet in the LTC. However, it was a great week to celebrate the recent ALA Youth Media Awards of 2014!
Since most of us participated in the Pine Glen Mock Caldecott, we have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winner of the real Caldecott Medal (and the Newbery, the Geisel, the Sibert, the Coretta Scott King, the Pura Belpre, and the Schneider–so many great awards!)
Below is the video playlist we used in class to introduce students to this year’s winners. We watched an Animoto of all the winners, we showed some of the books, and we watched some of the book trailers. Needless to say, we shared lots of beautiful books that the students are excited to start reading!
We are creating our own Pigeon book covers. You’ll have to wait until next week to see them!
We are becoming chixperts . . . research experts about chickens. We’re using resources to find answers to our questions and taking notes. Ms. Smith is doing an amazing job using a RAN chart (Reading & Analyzing Nonfiction) to organize her students’ learning.
We learned how to find and save copyright friendly images of our country to use in our Book Creator project.
It’s that time of year when third grade students learn how to use their login to Destiny Quest. They are learning about all the different things you can do in Destiny when you are logged in.
We are continuing to use our LTC time to work on our Book Creator Writing project.
Ms. Marcus’s class continued to work on their video book review project. We are learning how to use a storyboard for movie planning.
In addition . . .
Mrs. D’Elia and Mr. Callahan presented to the Administrative Council meeting this week about their combined library & technology program.
Mr. Callahan worked with Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s ELA class to create images in Drawing Pad to represent vivid imagery in poetry. Next week they’re going to turn it into a book.
The iTechs had their first help request from Mrs. Guanci! We’ll post more about the iTechs soon!
We continued our lessons on the Geisel Award and Mo Willems by creating our own Pigeon stories using the “Don’t Let the Pigeon Run this App!” app.
We began a new project where we are going to learn a little about Digital Citizenship and using the Book Creator app. We are going to create a class iBook of the Do’s and Don’ts of using technology. We asked the students, “What do next year’s first graders need to know about using technology?” We brainstormed what the different kinds of technology are (and had a big giggle when we discovered that Mr. Callahan is, in fact, not a piece of technology) and we brainstormed the different kinds of expected behaviors around using technology. Students then sketched their ideas for their iBook page.
This was our last week of reading folktales from around the world in support of the Country/Culture project. We read Toads and Diamonds (France) and Once a Mouse . . . (India).
This was our last week making timelines on the RWT Timeline app for their Massachusetts biography project. In Mrs. Cunha’s class, we showed students how to find images using the Research tool built right into Google Drive which automatically adds the citation information into your document.
Students continued to work on their Book Creator project of taking some of their writing, adding illustrations, and turning it into an iBook. Mrs. Visocchi’s class continued to find copyright friendly images using Google Image Search and citing their images for their National Parks project.
In addition . . .
The LTC hosted Ms. Sorensen from Highlander Charter School in Rhode Island for a day so she could learn about how we use technology in the classroom here at Pine Glen.
We continued to help second graders finish up their research for the Country/Culture persuasive writing project.
The new 2014 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced this week . . . more on that later!
Mr. Callahan moderated a panel at the Assistive Technology Industry Association‘s annual conference.