Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Hour of Code

Way back, at the start of the month, the second graders and I celebrated Hour of Code. We had an absolute blast!
Since the classroom teachers were all going to have the students use their iPads for Hour of Code, I decided to do one of the non-iPad lessons from Kodable.

Acting as the students robot, the students had to program me to walk from one X on the ground to another. Once they were able to create a code to get me across the room, they then got to decide what they wanted their robot to do and programmed that to happen. They had me skipping, galloping, shuffling, flying, singing Jingle Bells, jumping and screaming "Whee!" It was hilarious and we were all laughing hysterically.   
Hour of Code was such a huge success that I will definitely be participating in it again next year. This activity also led beautifully into our unit on biographies, which I started off with the biographies on Bill Gates and Steve Jobs

Walking and Listening to "Chasing Secrets"

Choldenko, Gennifer. Chasing Secrets. 6 cd's. 7 hours, 3 minutes. Listening Library. 2015. $40.00, ISBN 9781101916353.

While Aunt Hortense would like nothing more than for Lizzie to be a prim and proper girl, Lizzie struggles to fit into that mold. She hates Miss Barstow's School for Girls and would much rather accompany her father, Dr. Kennedy, on calls learning about medicine and science. Rumors begin to swirl that Chinatown is infected by the plague and a quarantine is imposed. Lizzie is convinced that Jing, the family chef, has accidentally gotten stuck in the quarantine and she is desperate to get him out. In doing so, she makes her first friends, fights for what she believes is right and stands up for those who can not do so themselves. 
Gennifer Choldenko is a master at historical fiction shedding light onto time periods that are  often overlooked in children's literature. It is apparent that she has done her research on the event and presents it in a way that is easy for others to understand and care about. I can not wait to add the book to my historical fiction book talks, especially since there is a tie-in to Hawaii.

Favorite Chapter Title: The Miracle of Dog Spit

The rain is gone for now and the mornings have been gorgeous. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Walking and Listening to "Woof"

Quinn, Spencer. Woof.  6cd's. 7 hours, 5 minutes. Scholastic Audio, 2015, $34.99, ISBN 978-0-5458-3834-4.

Belated birthday presents are always fun, especially when you get to a dog (Bowser) and that is exactly what Birdie gets from her grandmother. The joy quickly dissipates when they return to Gaux Fish and Bait (Gran's shop) only to discover that Blackjack, a giant stuffed marlin, has been stolen. Birdie can't figure out why anyone would want Blackjack and nothing else from the store. An old rumor resurfaces that an ancient treasure map was hidden inside of the fish, while Gran quickly dispels this rumor, Birdie isn't so sure. With Bowser by her side, Birdie begins to investigate. 

Jim Frangione was a great choice as narrator for this story. He captured Bowser's personality perfectly which is key since Bowser is the narrator of this story. Mysteries lovers, dog loving or not, will enjoy this book.

One morning out walking I went down a beach access I don't normally and took this picture as the sun was rising. I just love the colors in this shot.

Monday, December 7, 2015

December Bulletin Boards

It's holiday time and we are ready to celebrate in the library! Our giant bulletin board wishes you all "Happy Hala-Daze"
Poor Greg, he is having some trouble getting into the holiday spirit this year.
Oh Christmas Tree! All of the books featured on this board are about Christmas trees or have a Christmas tree on the cover.
Happy Birthday to the fabulous Jarrett Krosoczka!
We are celebrating two very different things on our side bulletin boards, National Ninja Day and Hanukkah.