Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pajama Rama

On Thursday Night, we celebrated our first ever Pajama Rama Family Night for 3rd and 4th Graders. The evening was a lot of fun. It was great to see so many families, and fun to see the kids (and their teachers) in their jammies.

We started the evening with a pizza party. After that students and their parents moved to stations with a pajama party theme. Teachers prepped a station for their classroom that involved a fun literacy or math activity. This year, we had:

Minnesota Mapping
Shadow Puppets
Math Dice Games
iPad Everyday Math Games
Go Noodle Fun
Snack Station (measuring)
Bonus Book Check Out in the Library
Estimation Jars
Flashlight Reading

Students moved to each station and did activities with their parents. After our stations were done, we had the students practice a song to perform for their families. Parents played a getting to know each other game. This was an activity to promote community within our school.

As the students came back, we did a raffle for Target gift cards for parent winners. After the song, we gave away Spring Book Fair Gift Certificates for a student raffle.

I can't wait for the K-2 Pajama Rama later this winter! Don't our students look great in their pajamas?!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fall Author Visits

Margaret Peterson Haddix and Lisa McMann talk with 4th-6th graders about writing.
This fall, we have had 3 amazing authors visit Brimhall School.

Margaret Peterson Haddix and Lisa McMann came to talk with us about their books and the writing process.

Author visits are amazing, because kids able to envision themselves as authors. It was inspiring to hear Lisa McMann talk about how she wasn't super great at school as a kid, but she loved to make up stories. Now that is her job.

Meeting Margaret Haddix Peterson was an awe inspiring moment. She taught our students that she does a lot of research to write her series. She also showed us her writing process.

Author and illustrator Brian Lies talks with our K-2nd graders about creating books

Brian Lies came to talk to our Kindergartener through second graders.  He showed us pictures of his studio at his house. He talked to us about how he is a normal person with a normal house whose job is to write and illustrate books. He showed us a story he wrote and illustrated when he was in second grade. Then he showed us his drawings from today. It was cool to see that he practiced and learned to be an artist. What a privilege to have such talented people talk with our students.
Author Margaret Haddix Peterson shows us her newest book.
Learning about writing and illustrating
Brian Lies drawings as a second grader
Brian Lies Showing us his newest book!
Books waiting to be signed for our students.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Library Orientation

At Brimhall, students show Bengal Pride by showing:

Care of Property
Best Effort

Here is a short video we made last week showing students many ways to show Begal Pride in the library.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Brimhall Book Bowling

The last week of May was Brimhall's first ever Library Book Bowling. Students in every grade have been trained in using the library this year. As a culminating event to show what they had learned I had a Book Bowl off in the library. I saw this idea on Tina Benedek's library blog and modified her Biography Bowling Activity.
Mr. Thomas hoping for a strike!

Each grade had a different task they were assigned to find in the library:
  • Kindergarten= a book that had a call number that started with a specific letter of the alphabet (worked in pairs- given 2 cards)
  • 1st= a specific Everybody Book (worked in pairs- given 2 cards)
  • 2nd= a specific Fiction Book
  • 3rd= a specific Non-fiction Book
  • 4th= given a name of a famous person, had to look it up in the catalog and find me a biography
  • 5th and 6th= given a title, looked it up in the catalog then found the book. 5th graders were given an extra minute.
I made cards with information about different books in the library. I handed them out to students and then set my timer while students frantically tried to find the book they were assigned. When the timer went off, classes were given 1 point for each book found. One bowling pin was awarded for each

Classes were then given the opportunity for a bowling BONUS! Teachers had two chances to knock down their class pins to add onto the point totals. My favorite part of the activity was seeing the teacher different reactions to bowling for their classes-- from excitement to pure nerves-- they all ended up having fun!

Using the catalog to find materials.

Checking the score

Looking for books!
Looking for books!
Ms. McCormick warms up.
Checking the score