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We Are Off And Running

We are entering our 2nd full week of school and I have seen each class two times. So far we have reviewed our Missouri Reading Award Programs, checked out for the first time, learned how to access digital materials at home, set up Google Classrooms, and become familiar with Overdrive ebooks.  Mrs. Haynes met with each class before their second checkout (first with their classroom teacher) and chatted with the kiddos about checkout expectations and a couple of other new things she is working on.  She is so good about being proactive instead of reactive to what we know happens each year in our library.
Tomorrow each grade level will begin their first maker unit.  These units will include inquiry, mini lessons as necessary to teach/review note-taking, selecting best sources, questioning, citing sources, locating materials in our library and on our website, and instruction/exploration on databases and apps we will be using.

This is our plan...
Fifth graders are designers and will begin worki…

We love books!

We are a school of readers!  Dozens of kids read award books over the summer, kids can't wait to check out for the first time, we see some kids everyday to checkout new books, teachers value the importance of a great class read aloud, and as a school we spend the last 20 minutes of our day reading for pleasure.  








I Love A Brand New School Year

I started taking photos of my library for the new school year and realized just how much has changed since May.  At the end of each school year, Mrs. Haynes and I always have some ideas about what to change in the library based on the kid's library survey that they take each January.  Mrs. Haynes fabulously captures the kids' thoughts and ideas each year and shares with the kids what changes will be made.  So, the photos you see below represent the kids' input and some other ideas that Mrs. Haynes and I had to make things a little easier for kids to find what they want in our library.
New signage for the genre sections.


New signage in the MakerSpace to help  identify areas.



Mrs. Haynes and I share wha

MakerKid's Summer Camp Days 3, 4, and 5

Day 3 of Summer MakerKid's Camp was our cardboard creation day.  I truly think the entire week could have just focused on cardboard and the kids would have been thrilled. (Something to consider for next year)

Day 4 was a day of circuit exploration.  Kids worked in stations and really loved working with Mrs. Haynes' daughter in the LED card making station.  Anna taught the kids all about circuits and then using 3v batteries, LEDs and copper tape, they created a quick card that would light up.Mrs. Haynes worked the littleBits station.
Day 5 was a day of movie making.  Each pair of kids learned about stop-motion, selected/built characters, wrote a storyboard and filmed a great stop-motion video using the Lego Movie app.  This was a very busy day of wrapping up the week and unfortunately didn't get pics of the kids working on their stop-motion projects. 
Of course, each day also allowed time for the kids to work on their own projects as well.


On Friday, the kids had a chance to s…