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

Friday Morning Fourth Grade MakerKid's Club


Finger Knitting
Model Magic Creations

Watercolor Bookmarks

Open MakerSpace


Catapult Launch Day

This is always an exciting day!  After spending several weeks researching, planning, building, testing, failing, rebuilding, and testing again, we were ready to launch.  Each team or individual gets one practice launch and two official launches. Our launches varied from a few inches to 18 feet.  Following the launch we always embark on reflection and learning from the process.

Kindergarten Builders and Problem-Solvers

Mission:  Using the supplies provided, build a contraption to help the Little Red Hen carry flour.
Supplies:  TinkerToys, Yarn, Bucket, 5 lb Bag of Flour
Focus:  Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Fun

Just Keep Reading!

Our 4th and 5th graders are reading up a storm!  These cards represent the kiddos who have read 4 or more Mark Twain Nominees and are already eligible to vote for their favorite title in February.  Many have already read all 12 nominees and are working on the Lewis & Clark Above and Beyond list.  I am so thankful for our teachers who, during their very busy days, encourage and challenge their students to read great books.  
Mrs. Haynes tracks all this reading like a boss!

Adopt A Shelf

A highlight for our Page Turner's Book Club members is adopting a shelf to care for throughout the year.  They keep the shelf looking spiffy and display great books. 

Your shelf is looking good.  Keep up the great work O!

My Reading Year...

Mrs. Haynes Talking Books

Mrs. Haynes shares a funny selection from Never Say Genius the second book in the Genius Files Series by Dan Gutman.  We share a book trailer and/or booktalk a new book or series to encourage reading each time classes come in.  It only takes about 3-5 minutes, but it has been so worth the time.  Sometimes I read a picture book...even to 5th graders!  So much to love about a fantastic picture book!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

5th Grade MakerKid's Club

Friday mornings, 7:45am, choice, fun, and friends.

Catapult building
Model Magic pitcher

Model Magic sloth
Ironing and cutting
Machine sewing
Hand Sewing
Creating with tinkering parts
Sewing was popular
Model Magic and Yarn Bombing
Keva Planks and Dash
Week one-create      Week two-paint