Sunday, February 26, 2017

A Week of Play

Years ago, I showed the video, Caine's Arcade to introduce my students to learning through the Genius Hour philosophy.  The inspiration from that video encouraged my students to make cardboard games as well. We have been designing and making games every year since.  Each year we learn from past mistakes and improve the process and the final products.  Plus we now have a dynamic MakerSpace!

My third graders have finished working through the design process and we are ready to share our games with the entire school.  E-V-E-R-Y student will have time throughout the week to play the games.  This week is obviously a favorite of my students.  Our third graders are so proud to share their games as they put their hearts into making the very best game possible.

Most important are the skills that the kids practice along the entire process.  So many...
  • planning and designing
  • compromise when working in a group
  • submitting ideas with kindness and respect
  • working together with a variety of personalities
  • fixing what doesn't work/problem-solving
  • thinking through and writing directions 
  • working on a deadline
  • putting first things first
  • accepting other's ideas and suggestions
  • knowing when a project is complete
  • time management
  • working in short time segments
  • sharing the workload
  • cleaning up after yourself and others
Below are some photos of this year's games.  I hope you can see the imagination and planning that went into each game.

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!