Thursday, May 25, 2017

Maud Hart Lovelace Celebration




These kiddos make me love my job! They read all of the state nominated books for Maud Hart Lovelace Division One! Kids today are pretty great! Plus-- look at my adorable cupcakes:)

We had a party and played a BATTLE OF THE BOOKS and ate snacks. A great afternoon!


 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

6th Grade Non Fiction Book Reviews

Hard at work!
Sixth grade teachers asked me if I would pull some interesting non-fiction books that students could read. Each student then chose a book that was of high interest to them. Students were given two weeks to read their books. Their teachers worked with students to write a summary of the book and a book review. Students also picked out important vocabulary and interesting facts they learned.

When students were ready to publish their review, I pushed into each sixth grade room to teach students how to use SMORE to create an online flier. I have a classroom subscription and will renew my subscription next year. I used it earlier this year with our 4th grade state research. It is a versatile easy to use tool for students (and adults). I can't recommend it enough! See our book review below. They turned out great!



      



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Kindergarten MN Animal Research

In kindergarten students have been learning that non-fiction books give use information. Students have been learning about the biomes of Minnesota in their classes. In library, we practiced reading for information. We learned that researchers can use the pictures to help get facts. Reading pictures is one of the ways that we read books.

Students were each given a Minnesota animal to become experts on. In library they found out: What does my animal look like, what does it eat, and where does it live.

In class students then wrote about their animals and drew a picture. In library, students then used Little Bird Tales to create an online report of their learning. In class, they recorded themselves reading their report.

Click your child's class to see and hear what we learned!

Mrs. Albert's Class
Mrs. Kong's Class
Mrs. Mohamed's Class
Mrs. Showalter's Class
Ms. Tyrer's Class

Students did a great job! (make sure to notice that each teacher has 2 pages.) Also-- you might need to turn up the volume.

**A BIG thank you to all the parent volunteers that helped with this project!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Parent Child Book Club 2017

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4th Grade

In 4th grade, students did research on States. They found information about the state geography, famous landmarks, history, tourism, industry, and other fun information.


After the research process, I met with classes to create a SMORE, an online newsletter site. I have a classroom subscription and it worked really well for kids to create online content to share. I taught students about giving credit to photos. My best find for this unit was PHOTOS FOR CLASS. This site gives:

  • Age Appropriate Images 


  • Automatic Citation (See my Minnesota photo for citation)
  • Photos from Creative Commons
  •  
    Students had a lot of fun creating their projects. We hope you enjoy them!

    STUDENTS-- Type your FIRST NAME, CLASS, and STATE , then copy your URL


      

    Friday, February 3, 2017

    3rd Grade Research

    In 3rd grade this year our research topic changed to reflect new standards in our district. This year students researched people that changed history. Our research process focused more on using a new type of resource (the online encyclopedia) as in second grade students had a lot of experience using books, ebooks, and databases (PebbleGo).

    I first taught students what an encyclopedia was, and we did an encyclopedia scavenger hunt. Then students learned how to use the online Encyclopedia Britanica. Students practiced using the online encyclopedia with me to research Nelson Mandela. They also practiced looking up other history makers in the classroom.

    The students then got to choose a history maker to research. In library they used the computers to research using the online encyclopedia.

    Classes then wrote paragraphs. I combined them into an eBook.

    Mr. Hessler's Class Book

    Ms. Marek's Class Book

    Mrs. Bros' Class Book 
    (Mrs. Bros' students took all of the photos of their work themselves! Nice job!)