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My Last Post!

This will be my last post as a teacher-librarian for Liberty Public Schools.  After 30 years of teaching, I will be retiring at the end of this school year.  I will continue teaching next year at Kansas City International Academy.  I will totally be switching roles and can't wait to help middle school students work on their reading skills.  I have already started immersing myself in middle school reading by viewing webinars, rereading several books on the topics of reading and literacy (The Cafe Book and The Daily 5 ), and reading several new books that will help me manage the structure necessary for successful guided reading.
On the other hand, I am also going full speed in the library as well.  We are ending the year by wrapping up Genius Hour projects, art bots, creating books on topics we are passionate about, introducing next year's Missouri award books, and getting summer reading off the ground so our LC kiddos keep on reading!  Several of us are also totally revamping …
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Art Bot Success

Pool noodles + creative ideas + craft materials + markers + rubber bands + paper + an electric toothbrush=AMAZING SUCCESS

We Are Still Reading

It may be just a few weeks until the end of the 2017-2018 school year, but every Wednesday we are meeting to read great books!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Friday, March 2nd was a fun day at Lewis and Clark.  We participated in Read Across America Day!  We estimated, dressed up, made cool bookmarks, matched Seuss characters to their book, and had fun in the photo booth.  Many more fun reading activities were planned in classrooms! 

Voting 2018

Tis the voting season.  First, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade readers voted last week for their favorite Mark Twain, Show Me, and GKCRead nominees.  142 readers voted for Mark Twain and GKCRead because they had read at least 4 nominees.  All of my first and second graders voted for their favorite Show Me because we read them together throughout the year.  
LC 4th and 5th grade Mark Twain results  Tie for 1st place between The War That Saved My Life and The Worst Class Trip Ever
LC 3rd grade GKCRead results 1st place Rescue on The Oregon Trail
LC 1st and 2nd grade Show Me results   1st place The Day The Crayons Came Home

Visiting Author Deborah Hopkinson

We had a great visit from this year's visiting author, Deborah Hopkinson.  Thanks to our amazing PTA, we were able to have 4 sessions with this fabulous non-fiction/historical fiction author.  We learned so much and LOVE her books!


GENIUS HOUR Fourth and fifth grade students started a rotation of Genius Hour learning when we came back to school in January.  We started by focusing on our passions and new learning we wanted to accomplish.  We have researched our topic, created a list of steps to get to our end result, and were sure to cite our sources along the way.  We are busy now working on our projects that we will share with others sometime in March or April.

Our third graders researched inventors and are now building games they invented.  We have worked through the design process and are now in the building and testing phase.  We will be getting feedback from our classmates next week in order to improve our games.  We are working so hard. The entire school, all 610 students will play our games!  

READ Yep, in a library with a MakerSpace, we read...a lot.  We read Missouri award books (a ton of award books), take part in Caldecott and A to Z mystery reading challenges, we create book trailer…