Student Book Budget Crew

For the second year, students at TJ Connor Elementary are helping choose books for the library.  Third and fourth grade students were invited to participate this year and many accepted the challenge.  We start by reviewing the survey we used last year and made some changes. Then we surveyed students in grades K-2.  The 3rd through 5th grades completed the survey online during the same week K-2 students were surveyed.  You can see our survey here.

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While we did not get every student in the school surveyed, we have a good representation of grade levels.  We now have survey results and when we return from holiday break, we will begin looking at the results to create lists of books to order.  We plan to meet with two vendors this year:  Gumdrop Books and PermaBound.  Take a look at our students in action and our survey results.

Here are the survey results in full color!  book-budget-crew-survey-results

We are excited to meet with our vendors in January and will post another post when we do.

 

 

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Mock Newbery Guest Post

I asked fifth grader, Olivia, to write a blog post about our Mock Newbery Club.  Here is what she has to say:

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Olivia and her favorite Mock Newbery book

Hi, my name is Olivia and I am in the Mock Newbery Club! I am going to be talking about what I like and dislike and what is easy and hard.  What is hard for me is to read the big books.  I love the books that we read.  They are amazing.  My favorite book is Some Kind Of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart.

I don’t like reading the long books because I am busy.  I have two brothers who both do two or three sports.  Currently I am reading All Rise For the Honorable Perry T. Cook.  I am very happy I joined Mock Newbery.  I am on my fourth book (4/5).  I hope you enjoyed my blog post. Stay tuned  to find out what book we chose win.

Hour Of Code

codeThe second graders are participating in the Hour of Code this week.  Both classes started earlier than this week, but we needed more than one class to complete one hour of coding instruction!  The Hour of Code encourages students (especially women and minorities) to learn more about computer programming.  The lesson plans for curriculum two are very well done and provided by Code.org.  My students have completed the first two lessons so far: Graph Paper Programming and Paper Airplane Algorithms.  The students are so engaged in the activities and had a lot of fun flying their airplanes.  Next up we will be using computers to program a bird around a maze.  A sneak peek during this week’s lesson had students eager for library class next week. We will continue to work on coding in the library after the Hour of Code week ends.  This is a great opportunity for students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.