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.
Here's a peek in our next themed Makerspace lunch. I cannot wait to share this topic with the students!
Our pizza box green screen filming is BACK! Miss Sullivan's class has been hard at work writing their own fairy tales. These incredible tales were published using a pizza box and the user friendly Do Ink app. It was such an incredible experience to push in to help publish these. The students are so proud of their hard work and I think it shows through on every video. It's time to get out the red carpet for these authors, illustrators, and puppeteers!
Someone recently asked me why I haven't been updating my blog that much this year. To be honest, I just haven't made the time so this post contains a little bit of everything that we've been doing in our library. Hope you enjoy!
Third grade students have been learning how our library is organized and practicing finding books and materials independently. (I-SAIL Standards 1 and 4). It takes a lot of practice but it is an essential skill for continuous life long learning. Anyone up for another round of the library’s version of Flippy Bottle?
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.