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Caldecott Celebration 2010
Twenty Two 2nd graders met the challenge to read and report on 12 or more Caldecott winning books. We just had to celebrate...with milk and cookies of course. These great readers also picked out a free book to enjoy this summer. Way to be independent readers!
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
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]
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]
For the past couple of years, my 4th graders have started the year with a catapult inquiry project. Each time we work through this unit, I learn something new to improve my students learning. This year we focused more on planning our ideas and building prototypes (they really just want to go in the MakerSpace and begin making) but we really talked about the benefit of planning. Using the Launch Cycle Design Model, we are working through the steps to help us build a successful catapult. We looked at the plans for our newest school addition to reinforce why the planning process is so important and the details that are required for a successful project.
The planning and design process was taken very seriously!
Working in the MakerSpace during the planning process to see what materials are available for their builds.
A prototype and the plan!
This year I am being a stickler about requiring the kids to build from their plan and not veer off course. Some tweaks may be necessary but they nee…