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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Kindergarten Research- Minnesota Animals

Minnesota Projects

This past month Brimhall Kindergarteners learned about reading and writing non-fiction. In library, we first practiced reading informational texts and finding the answer to three questions about animals:
  1. What does my animal look like?
  2. What does my animal eat?
  3. Where does my animal live?
Students used captions and photos to help find the answer to these questions about different animals.

The next week, students came to the library and learned about note taking.  We first listened to information about our animals using Pebble Go! (My very favorite resource for informational reading in the primary grades). Students then used books to read the pictures and take notes as I modeled to them each different topic.

Kindergarten teachers and teaching assistants and I were all on had to work with students as they learned and researched their Minnesota Animal.

In the classroom, teachers used the information the students gathered to write reports. This was a great effort on collaboration.

During library the next week, we used the iPads and the Little Bird Tales  app to draw our animals. We took photos of the students final reports using the iPad, and then recorded their voices reading their text. I just listened to my daughter's from last year, and had a little moment with how much she has grown in one year. There is something magical about hearing your child's voice reading their writing.

Lastly, after a few technical difficulties-- I uploaded all the projects to the web. Here are our projects. All of us are extremely proud of the work our kiddos did!


We can't wait for parents to view them at the Minnesota Program later this week!