Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sarah Mylnowski- Author Visit

On Monday, author Sarah Mylnowski came to talk with our 2nd-4th graders about her books and the writing process. Students got to brainstorm how a story could be made. She also told us how her love of fairy tales and writing stories about real kids helped her think of the ideas for her books. Our students got to ask questions and learn more about what it is like to be an author.
After the presentation Ms. Mylnowski signed over 100 books for our students! It was a great day!

Signing books!

Me and Sarah Mylnowski! I love author visits!

That's a lot of books!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Kindergarten Research

Its Research Time!
Kindergartners at Brimhall have been working hard to learn about Minnesota animals for their
Minnesota Program. In library, we learned about the research process. We used our eBooks to practice taking notes together. I modeled to students how pictures (and words) can answer the questions we had about the animals we were going to research. Students decided they wanted to find out:
  • What the animal looks like?
  • What the animal eats?
  • Where the animal lives?

The following weeks, we took notes using Pebble Go and books about the animals. A few of our 6th grade helpers came over their recess and helped the kindergartners by asking them questions and sounding out words. After the research was completed in the library students wrote reports in their classrooms. That week in library-- students practiced using the app Little Bird Tales to learn how to create images.

Then, all classes came back to the library to create images of their animal. They are ADORABLE! Another BIG thank you to the TAs and Parent Volunteers that helped make this process easier for the kindergarten teachers and myself. Make sure to check out our work below. Once the pictures were done, the kindergarten TAs recorded the voices of the kiddos reading their work. Again-- ADORABLE! It is amazing how quickly kids voices change-- what a great keepsake. (THANK YOU Kindergarten TAs!!)

Enjoy our work! I have posted it by classroom!


*Photos by Mrs. Showalter