Our month of December has been filled with coding!
All grades worked on code.org, learning about programming the computers to do something. We talked about persistence, working at something that is hard!
Students can visit this website anytime from any device if they want to from home!
Wishing you all a wonderous time of reading and relaxing over the break!
Please be sure to find the "Reading is Sweet" activity that was sent home with your child. It's a great way to share what books the students are reading with others in the school. All the cookie sheets will be showcased in the halls for the month of December.
Grade 2 is exploring fiction and non-fiction in station rotations.
Second graders learning about PERSISTENCE- trying something again and again even when something is very hard. Can the groups create a structure that is a high as a cup and can hold a textbook for 10 seconds? 2 groups were successful in accomplishing this task! Way to go. Collaboration and communication were also important skills needed for this activity.
Kindergarten classes participate in centers during library. Last week, students could visit a math center, creating 3D shapes with Legos, a literacy center focusing on the fiction book we read this week, and a computer center, exploring a new website called Starfall. Students are learning to navigate the computer using the mouse and learning computer use and care. Students worked both collaboratively as well as independently at the centers. We will change the centers every other week. Library is filled with wonder and excitement!
2nd graders are using an atlas to create a map of Big Anthony's travels through Italy! We saw a Google Map with pins of the real cities the character visited and then worked collaboratively to create our own map. Students also used www.code.org to practice movement commands as sequential steps in a program, reviewing ordinal directions.
Kindergartners enjoyed the story Animals should definitely not wear clothing, by Judi Barrett. Students wrote a page in our class book Animals should NOT borrow library books! Students will be able to check this book out from our library and share it with families.
It's so great to be back to school and in the library! Students in grades 1-4 have been checking out books and discussing favorite summer reads.
Kindergarten has been enjoying books that make us laugh and are learning about book care responsibilities. Kindergarten friends will be bringing home a book contract to have parents read, sign, and return to school so we can begin checking out books in a few weeks!
Book Fair is coming next week!! September 21st and 22nd during Open House all are welcome to come and enjoy the book fair. There will be something for everyone...come to the gym to check it out.
Learning, reading, creating, thinking, discussing, explaining, and sharing are some of the words we can use to describe the activities in our school library.
Your teacher librarian,
We had Langworthy Library visit us to share the super fun reading activities happening there this summer. Students in grades one through four are bringing home portfolios with letters from me as well as a reflection of learning from your student.
4th grade and 3rd graders shared their learning and I created a wordle to share below.
It's so amazing to see how much we have explored this year in the library.
Wishing you a book filled, fun filled, wonderful summer!
Today's finale of Reading Week was a a blast out of the park! The Hope Valley Ball Park that is :) The cafeteria was turned into a ballpark, with first base, second base, third base and home plate. There was even a bleacher section! Pennants of students' favorite books decorated the walls and themed music piped into the room. Take me out to the ball game...centerfield...Sweet Caroline....it was so much fun!
Students read different genres at each base, wrote poems on the bleachers and had some concession stand popcorn, plus when they came across home plate, they received a book and a new bookmark!
Thank you to Mrs. DiFranco for helping with the pennants, Barbara for her help setting the ball park up and our wonderful parents who came to pop our corn!
Happy Reading Week to everyone and Happy Spring Break! -Love, Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Pastore
All of the students this week participated in wonderful Reading Week activities to celebrate our love of READING! In the library, we had poetry stations...we used magnetic poetry to create, read different poetry nooks, visited Ken Nesbitt's website, www.poetry4kids.com, to explore some funny poems and wrote our own poems.
We talked about how poems make us feel something. Some types of poetry we talked about were acrostic, cinquain, and shape poems.
Students will be writing more poems on Friday during our themed "Hit a Grand Slam! Be a Reader!" event. Everyone will receive a baseball bookmark and a free book to keep.
Check out some of our own published poets! Click on the page "Look what we did!"
Poets can also participate in the Chariho Poetry Slam in June! Watch Mr. G's newsletter for more info coming soon.
Happy Reading Week. I love sharing books together! Love, Mrs. Ward