Monday, October 7, 2013

In the Media Center (Weeks 4 & 5)

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 (Week 4)

Fifth graders are still learning to identify keywords and share documents from their Google Drive. This week I showed them how to access their Drive to see what documents they have created. I also sent them a link to the Keyword Quiz which I created in Google Forms and am grading with Flubaroo.

Fifth Grade (Week 5)

Fifth graders are beginning their internet safety and digital citizenship unit. We are taking part in the USA-SOS Internet Safety Challenge. This week we took the Pre-test and began working on the Scavenger Hunt. Since site 1 is a US Government site, we couldn't go their as it has been taken down because of the shut down. Site 3 wasn't working for all groups either.

Third Grade (Week 4)

Third graders finished their reading posters at Big Huge Labs. They began using Follett Destiny to identify some possible books to create a book ad for. They needed to choose a book from the Everybody section that was in their AR range.

Third Grade (Week 5)

Students located and read a book for their book ad. We practiced library location to refresh their memories about using call numbers to find books. Students then read their books and took their AR test.

Second Grade (Week 4)
On Monday and Tuesday, I read Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. We talked about the big balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. On Wednesday, we visited Reading Rockets and watched an interview with Jacqueline Woodson. On Thursday and Friday, we were in the computer lab where students could choose to play math games at Arcademic Skill Builder or Cool Math Addition and Subtraction or visit the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade website where we discovered a video about the early parades.

Second Grade (Week 5)
On Monday and Tuesday, I read Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson since we are looking at Realistic Fiction as a genre. On Wednesday, we watched an interview with Jacqueline Woodson at Reading Rockets and I read Show Way. On Thursday and Friday while I was home with the flu, students were in the computer lab where students could choose to play math games at Arcademic Skill Builder or Cool Math Addition and Subtraction or visit the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade website.

First Grade (Week 4)

On Monday and Tuesday, I read two 2011 Caldecott books - A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein.

On Wednesday, I read Grandpa Green by Lane Smith and Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell.

On Thursday and Friday, we were in the lab where we visited Crayola Digi-Color and created our own art like Caldecott illustrators do.

First Grade (Week 5)
On Monday and Tuesday I read The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney and All the World by Elizabeth Garten Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee. On Wednesday, I read Grandpa Green by Lane Smith and Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell.

Students watched book videos in the Media Center on Thursday and Friday as the lab was needed for NWEA testing. I am not sure which videos the sub showed as I was home with the flu both days. 


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