Saturday, February 11, 2017

3D Printing

My fifth grade students are learning everything they can about 3D it works, why 3D printing is important, and what is possible to 3D print.  Now we begin learning how to create 3D designs using a couple of different programs.  We are going to explore the Gravity Sketch app and learn Tinkercad, an easy to use CAD design tool.  Below is our first look at our Ultimaker 2 in action.  The kids are always amazed by the printer and seeing it work.  

Cardboard Arcade Building

Here is a quick look at the cardboard arcade games my kiddos have been building.  We took a break from making and spent some time sharing and getting feedback to make our games the best they could possibly be.  For the next couple of weeks we will work toward finishing our games so that they can be played by the ENTIRE school!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Celebrating Books

 Our annual hot cocoa party was a great success.  HUGE thanks to Mrs. Haynes for keeping our cocoa bar running smoothly all afternoon for our readers.

Arcade Game Building

So many great games are in the works!

Rube Goldberg Success


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Much Needed Update

I really have been taking a lot of photos of what has been happening in the library lately, but have obviously not done anything with them!  So here is a visual update of what we have working on...
Stop Motion Animation [Fourth Grade]
1.  Question and Research
2.  Watch and Learn from Stop Motion examples
3.  Learn from an Expert
4.  Practice and more Practice
5.  Select choice of Materials-Paper, Lego, Toys
6.  Plan and Develop a Storyboard
7.   Practice and more Practice
8.  Peer Evaluation
9. Final Production 
10.  Reflect

Rube Goldberg Building [Fifth Grade]
1.  Question and Research
2.  Watch MANY Examples
3.  Design and Plan
4. Build and Test [Again and Again and Again]
5. Share
6.  Reflect 

Page Turner Book Club continues to meet every Wednesday morning to simply read.

Prep For Visiting Author /Illustrator Henry Cole

Getting To Know Our BlueBots [Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade]

LCTV Broadcast Club [3rd Grade]

We meet during my lunch and the kids' recess 2-3 times a week.  This is my first time working with kids on a weekly broadcast and it has taken us a while to get going but we have a great system going now.  We have all learned A LOT during this process and our broadcast are getting better and better.   Links to our broadcasts can be found on our library webpage.

Thanks for checking in on the LC Library.  We love to read, make and think!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Working our way through the Design Thinking LAUNCH Cycle to build Rube Goldberg Machines.

Look, Listen, and Learn: Read about the man and the machines.  Watch many, many examples. 
Ask Questions: Ask and answer questions through the inquiry process
Understand:  Looking at our Rube Goldberg guidelines, requirements, and task.
Navigate Ideas: Begin planning and designing our machines.
Create a Prototype: Begin constructing based on our ideas.
Highlight and Fix: Fix what is not working.

Launch To The World!

Rube Goldberg:  A complicated a machine that  completes a simple task.  

The photos below show my students in the Navigating stage of the LAUNCH Cycle.  Each group plans a little differently.  Some got right to work drawing and sketching ideas, others started listing step-by-step descriptions of what would happen in their machine, some simply talked things out and had nothing on their paper, others needed materials to think things through.  If there is anything that I have learned it is that planning is so very important and the key to success.  We will continue to plan the next time I see them.

Collaboration and Conversation

Visual Planning

Deep Discussion

Hands-On Planning