In Honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday TJ Connor hosted our third annual bedtime stories. We had many guest readers, including Mrs. Wright, our principal, and retired first garde teacher, Mrs. Meyer. Students and their families listened to a variety of stories (new and well-loved classics) such as Shy by Deborah Freedman, My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza, and The Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland. The event was like a big pajama party. Everyone enjoyed listening to all the stories and went home ready to sleep. What a perfect way to end the day.
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!
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!
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.
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.
I asked fifth grader, Olivia, to write a blog post about our Mock Newbery Club. Here is what she has to say:
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.
The 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.