African American Artists – Ms. McNeer

4th and 5th grade students will be spending the months of February and March learning about 4 specific African American Artists.  Resources for research are listed below.

Harlem Renaissance

Jacob Lawrence

Faith Ringgold

Romare Beardon

Alma Thomas

ABC eBooks using Book Creator

For most of January and February, Students in 101, 102, 103, 104 and 6 are becoming eBook authors.  We are planning and preparing first in print.  Each students is practicing upper and lower case letters, choosing a theme for their alphabet books and then recording one word for each letter in their planning document.  Books range from garden books to Star Wars books and a whole lot of K and 1 inspiration in-between.

After students have completed their planning documents they are moving into the Book Creator App to create their eBooks.  Finished eBooks will be published on the library’s website.

Black History Month & Influential Americans

Students in rooms 4 and 217 have been working over the past 4 weeks on a mini research project about Influential Americans with a focus on Black History Month and those who have enriched out world.  Using PebbleGo and World Book Online as our sources for factual information, students took notes, wrote monologues and the recorded their work using FlipGrid.

Our FlipGrids are password protected.  Please e-mail your students’ classroom teacher or Mrs. Wynkoop  for the password.

Genre Study with 218 and 216

genreholds218As a yearlong focus, students in 218 and 216 are reading one book from each of our genre classifications each month. Our newly “genrefied” fiction collection allows students to select from: Adventure, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Scary, Humor, Sports and Graphic Novels.  Check back each month for a brief presentation of select books presented to our DBE Readers.  The picture to the right is a pile of holds placed by 218 Readers after our genre talk 11/14/2016!

Influential Americans – FlipGrid

juliapotusStudents in rooms 212 and 214 have been working over the past 3 weeks on a mini research project about Influential Americans, Presidents and First Ladies.  Using PebbleGo and World Book Online as our sources for factual information, students took notes, wrote monologues and the recorded their work using FlipGrid.andrew-jackson

Our FlipGrids are password protected.  Please e-mail your students’ classroom teacher or Mrs. Wynkoop  for the password.

Ms. MessomFlipGrid room 212

Ms. LipsenFlipGrid room 214

 

Coming to a Tree Near You

celebritreesKs and 1s will leaning about famous trees in preparation for a Treehouse unit in Art with Ms. McNeer.  We will be using Celebritrees by Margi Preus as our mentor text for this unit.  In order to provide our youngest readers with access to a more complicated text I have created an eBook for students to access while working in the library.

 

Fall Book Fair!

Thanks so much for another successful book fair in partnership with the University Bookstore!  Sales over the three days were $6700.  That means we earned around $1400 worth of books for our own library.  We have already purchased $600 in new books that are on the shelf and ready for checkout.

I would like to extend my appreciation to our two book fair co-chairs, Laura Tiberio and June Lembo.  In addition, a special thanks to Debbie Whittington, Debby Bacharach, Leslie Braly, Michelle Jones, Margarita Durham, and Karl Law for helping with set-up and take down.  We couldn’t do it without you!

School-Wide Mock Election

electionboothsOur school-wide mock election has come to a close alongside our national presidential election.  Thanks to Capstone Publications and PebbleGo for provided both the resources for our research and the platform through which our students voted.

electionresults

Over 5 weeks all DBE students, K-5, used PebbleGo to research the two candidates from the two major parties before submitting their votes online.  This collaborative venture with all our DBE classroom teachers was a huge success.  We saw 418 of our 427 students vote on Monday November 7, 2016.

Crowd Sourcing / Sharing Research

Over the next couple of weeks our 4th and 5h grade students will be working to gather objective facts about both candidates (from the 2 major parties) for President of the United States.  We’ll be using a simple google form to compile and share our findings.

More than ever, in this very divisive political climate, we find a greater need to search for facts first and then use those facts to drive our political conversations at home.