Book Budget Crew Shops For Books

The third and fourth graders that are participating in the book budget crew met with Linda Startup from Perma-Bound last Thursday and with Jim Hopper from Gumdrop books on last Tuesday.  Linda brought in a selection of books for students to look at. She also made two lists in my Perma-Bound account based on the topics we shared with her.   Students perused the books and catalogs, making lists and circling titles in the catalogs. Some even used the laptops to go online to search for specific topics to add to the list started by Linda.  One student commented to Linda that she wants all of the books for herself, but she needs to think about the other students in the school, too!  It is so enjoyable to see the students ensuring that all students are represented as they shop for books.

Jim Hopper from Gumdrop Books also shared a wide selection of books for the students.  The students had a lot of fun looking at all the books laid out on tables.  Students looked at sample books to get an idea of what the series is like.  Then they put check marks next to titles in the series they thought would be a good addition to the library.  Some of the books have an online interactive website with the book, and students enjoyed checking out these additional resources.

We are excited to finalize our order and cannot wait until the book comes in!



Mock Newbery Concludes

The fifth grade Mock Newbery Club has wrapped up their third year.  Readers from Hill Elementary in Brockport and Terry Taylor Elementary in Spencerport joined our school in reading five books published in 2016.  See the previous blog post HERE  Students have spent the past two months reading the five books, sharing their thoughts online using Edmodo, and finally this past week voting on which book they think is the best.  We gathered together to reveal and celebrate our winner.  We also shared with students which book the American Library Association chose as the winner.

Our students chose Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart as our Mock Newbery winner.  This book received 22 of the 57 votes. The runner up is The Wild Robot by Peter Brown which earned 12 votes. Students were very excited to find out which book won and to visit with the students from the other two schools.

I am eager to start reading this year’s published books to find the next selections for our Mock Newbery next year.  I have already shared with Cathy Mangan and Linda Paul, the other two librarians working with me, the first title I think we should consider:  The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli.  Happy Reading!

Second Grade Codes With Dash

The second grade students participated in The Hour Of Code during the week of December 5-9, 2016.  See the blog post here. They had a lot of fun building paper airplanes using algorithms and working through maze puzzles using Blockly.  To conclude our coding unit, students are learning to code with Dash. Thanks to our Monroe2Orleans BOCES, we have the Dash robots on loan for the month for second grade to explore.  They are using the free apps Go, Blockly, Path, and Wonder to program Dash and watch the robot run through the programs.  The students are learning review their code when Dash does not perform correctly, building critical problem solving skills.  They are also exploring creativity and having fun watching Dash follow a path they draw on the iPads. Check out the excited faces below.  We will be exploring and learning with Dash through February 6, 2016.