Sunday, September 27, 2015

Walking and Listening

Time just seems to slip away when the school year starts back up. I am still walking and listening, but I have fallen behind on my reviewing of the audiobooks that I have been listening to. Over the last few weeks I have listened to and enjoyed the following books.

Dot Day Wrap-Up

While the 3rd graders and I are still wrapping up our Dot Day creations and books, here is a short wrap-up of all that went on. I promise to post the finish books by the 3rd graders as soon as they are done.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Third Graders Celebrating Dot Day Part One!

What an absolute blast I had celebrating Dot Day this year! Since this was the first time I was celebrating the Dot Day, I decided to focus on two grade levels, first and third. Each of the third grade classes did something different to kick off the celebration.

While we had some technical difficulties, Na Lupe still had a great time meeting Jody Amri's students in Oregon. Ms. Amri read the book The Dot to them and her students shared with us what they felt the message of the book was and even sang to us Emily Arrow's Dot Day song.
Na Manaku had an absolute blast creating dots using Quiver.  The directions I gave were simple, "Color in the dots anyway that you want." I didn't tell them what would happen to their dots once we opened the Quiver app. The joy and laughter was contagious.

Na Kukui had fun sharing both The Dot and Ish with Ms. Zamora's class in San Antonio,Texas. We also had a chance to get to know each other and learn a bit about each other's school.
Na Honu were able to meet with some of Ms. Scrimgeour's students in Vermont. We learned quite a bit about each other's states and how very different they are. We couldn't believe how long of a plane ride it would be for us to get from our state to theirs.
Na Hoku did a mystery Skype with Ms. Pressnel's 5th grade students in Alabama. It was a challenge for us to figure out where they were but once we did, we ended up learning so much about their state and the similarities and differences between our two states.
Our final third grade class of the week had a chance to not only do a mystery Skype with Ms. Bass' students in Oklahoma, but we were also able to solve some Dot Day riddles.
We had so much fun meeting friends in others states and learning from these different experiences, but the third graders are still not done. Tune in for what they do next to keep the Dot Day celebrations going.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

First Graders Are Making Their Mark

The first grade students and I had an absolute blast celebrating Dot Day this year.
There were shouts of, "I LOVE this book!" along with singing and dancing along to Emily Dale Arrow's Dot Day song and out of control creativity going on all cycle long.

Since this was the first year the first grade students and I celebrated Dot Day in the library I decided to start off small. While I realize no mark we make is small, I wanted to do something that we could complete in a single library session. Dots it was! Paint (to be used with paintbrushes or q-tips), watercolors, colored pencils, oil pastels, crayons, markers and construction paper were set up for the students to use to make their mark. Take a peek at their amazing and creative final products in the video below.
The giant bulletin board, which you see right when you walk into the library, was left blank so that once the students had made their mark, we could proudly display it.
 What a difference! The celebration of Dot Day must continue next year and I can't wait to see where it takes us.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Books to Start of the School Year

This year I decided to start every class off with a story. Each of these books led us into a discussion about what has changed in the library, things we need to keep in mind while we are in the library and the care of books.

For the kindergarteners I chose Bonny Becker's A Library Book for Bear. This was a great way to introduce the  kindergarteners to the library and discuss trying new books and not just taking the first one that they see or what they have at home.
The first graders were super excited that they got to hear a book that wasn't even on our library shelves yet. Kate Messner's How to Read a Story is full of wonderful tips about not only choosing a book but about how much fun sharing a book can be.
Since it is the first year that the second graders are a part of the lower campus on a daily basis, I felt that a scavenger hunt was in order. The first clue was hidden in Laura Murray's The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School. I did a scavenger hunt like this last year which you can read all about it here.
While the clues had to change this year due to all the construction on our campus, the kids still had a blast.
This summer I added Ralfy to the library collection. The third graders and I had a lot of fun with WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie. 
While I have been discussing the importance of keeping food and water away from library books since they were kindergarteners, our fourth graders seem to suddenly forget this and turn books in with candy stuck on and in them, soaking wet books etc. So, I decided A Perfectly Messed-Up Story  by Patrick McDonnell was just right for them.
Sharing a story with all the students was a great way for us to start our school year.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

September Bulletin Boards

The new school year has started and a new set of bulletin boards welcomed the children when they arrived back.

Our first graders and third graders will be celebrating Dot Day this year. The first graders are creating their own dots to fill up our giant bulletin board. This is what it looked like when we started. You'll have to check back to see the after.


While Greg is all decked out in school colors, he just can't seem to get into the back to school spirit.
Starting School is Sweet!
Happy birthday to the amazing Tomie DePaola!
Sing in a New Year!