Monday, October 14, 2013

In the Media Center (Week 6)

Elementary Media Center
In the Media Center is going to be a new regularly appearing post from me. I plan to talk about what my students and I did the past week during their media classes. I am a K-12 media specialist who spends half days at the Elementary building and half days at the Middle School/High School building in our district of approximately 1300 students.

This semester I am starting my days at the Elementary building and seeing fifth graders and third graders on a four day rotation (50 minute classes) and traditional first and second graders on an alternate day rotation (25 minute classes). Our elementary school has a fixed schedule where all students in a grade level attend "specials" (art, media, music, and phy. ed.) at the same time so that their teachers have a common preparation time.

Fifth Grade

Fifth graders are still working on the Scavenger Hunt for the USA-SOS.org Internet Safety Challenge. We are skipping around on the hunt to have a variety of reading sites and video sites each class.

Third Grade

Third graders are busy writing the words for their book ad posters. We are using Microsoft Office Word 2010 for the first time. Our school just upgraded from Word 2007. Their media specialist is still struggling to find out where the various commands and menus are. It is all new to the students. We are also learning about how the computer is organized because the tech guys haven't yet put a shortcut to Word in the task bar. We need to navigate from Start to All Programs to Microsoft Office before we can find Word.

Second Grade
This week our genre was mysteries. I began by reading a Young Cam Jansen title to the students. On Wednesday, we watched an interview with Ron Roy and I read the first chapter of The Absent Author to the class.

Since this was roller skating week in Phy. Ed., both classes of second graders came to the Media Center on Thursday. We used Google to search for PBS Kids and then the students could choose which games they wanted to play. Wild Kratts are very popular with my second graders.

First Grade

Our Monday-Tuesday stories this week were A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee and A House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson. We enjoyed the way the pictures showed something different than the words said in Frazee's books. And we loved the way the illustrator got so much detail into the pictures of Swanson's book. On Wednesday, we read Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill. Since the first graders worked with clay last year in Art, they were interested in this man who made pots. They were astonished that some of the lumps of clay he worked with weighed as much as they do.

On Friday, the students had to navigate to our First Grade folder where they chose ABCya and played games from the First Grade section.

Next week is a short week for students because of Fall Conferences. We have conferences Monday and Tuesday evenings and all day Wednesday. Students get a long break as they are off Wednesday through next Monday.

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