As we start to check out books, it's important that we learn how to take care of them. This year we introduced Congress Park's first uh-oh bag. Students brainstormed the many ways books get damaged and our top reasons books get destroyed here at Congress Parks. To expand the lesson on the importance of book care to the upper grades, students willingly participated in a cookie challenge. These fourth grade students may never look at an Oreo the same way twice.
Kindergarten lessons are off to a great start. This week we read the book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and then extended our learning of the letters with choice letter stations which included an optional STEM challenge. Students had the opportunity to explore all the stations or focus on a few. Play-doh, letter transformer blocks, and LEGOs were a few of the choices. Watch out letters! We're going to learn all your names and your sounds this year!
Last year we started an optional makerspace opportunity during lunch. Students could sign up if they were interested in participating. I would like to continue to grow and expand this year so I started a Donor's Choose page in hopes to add more supplies. If you are interested and have the funds to contribute, please consider a donation. These kids are so worth it!
Just looked at the numbers and over 1.2 million teachers are participating in this amazing program. Global Read Aloud was created by Pernille Ripp to show students that they are part of something bigger than themselves. Starting in October, participating teachers and schools will start reading that same book for six weeks and connect with each other using various technology methods. The selections are amazing this year and two of my personal favorites are featured!
We're starting the year in style, game show style! This year all library orientations will be a game show format. Our first graders will play Library Lingo to review vocabulary taught last year. Second grade will try to "Beat the Teacher" and test their library skills and knowledge against me whereas third and fourth grade will play Double Dare Library Edition. Things might get a little messy (and loud) with this game but I cannot wait to see how much they know! Six grade will play the classic game of Jeopardy.
After reading the book "Too Tall Houses" by Marino, students were challenged to design and create their own tall house using no more than 10 index cards. At first students didn't think this was possible without some sort of adhesive but after one great idea after the next, and a lot of trial and error, Congress Park's record is 59 cm! Now the question is can we go even higher?
Global Day of Design is a day focused on creating, making, and building. This year I had the privilege to work with two first grade classes. Since they focused on fairy tales earlier this year, we set up a design extension challenge to the traditional tale of the Three Little Pigs. Their task was to build a new house for the pigs that could withstand the breath of the wolf (AKA Big Bad Blowdryer). Students were given the budget of $10 design dollars to build their house. If successful, they moved on to the next level which added another layer of difficulty. After the event, students reflected on their product, collaboration, and process.
Inspired by the book, "A Book is Just Like You" written by Fox, Kindergarten students learned about the many different parts of a book, how they are like us, and most importantly, how they help readers. We've been working hard doing various activities to learn these parts and showcased our knowledge with a final book surgery and green screen filming.
Miss Sullivan's first grade students walked the carpet on February 16th for their premiere party before publicly showing of their student created films. Students wrote, directed, filmed and starred in their own collaborative pizza box green screen movies. After the viewing and in true Hollywood style, students were individually recognized as they stamped their hands in the “cement.”
This event celebrated their work after learning about fairy tales then writing their own creative tale. The audience recognized all of their hard work with huge smiles, laughter, and loud applause.
I'm a working parent. I'd love the opportunity to peek into my children's learning community but time and schedules don't always allow that. I'm hoping this blog will allow you to peek in our LRC so that you get a glimpse of all the fun and learning taking place.