News From the Library–April 8, 2013

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From iPads to Mrs. Piggle Wiggle


This week,  third graders heard about a new project in our Library that will start next week.  I have access to two iPads from our pilot iPad Program and I have set them up for students to use in the Library after they have checked out books and during silent reading time.  I made two folders on the iPads, one for apps that they can use for short projects, and one for book apps.  I also have downloaded some National Geographic non-fiction books that they will be able to access through the Kindle App.  Needless to say, they are excited.  Then we took a giant leap back in time and I introduced them to Mrs. Piggle Wiggle.  A book of stories written in 1947.  A year older than I am!  (That was pretty shocking!)  No color illustrations.  They were skeptical….  But the magic of a book took over.  I read “The Radish Cure” and they loved it!  All the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books were checked out after I finished the story.  I know  technology is their world.  I know it is fascinating.  I love it too.  But a book….an old book…that can be just as exciting.  It’s all about balance….

Also in the Library this week…

Kindergarteners loved Jon Klassen’s Caldecott honor book, This is Not My Hat.  We had a great time noticing how sometimes the picture didn’t quite match the words.

First Grade–Using the Visible Thinking Routine called Fluttering Feelings, we chuckled our way through Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin.  Students carefully observed just the place in the story when Old Man Fookwire changes his mind about those darn squirrels and decides they aren’t so bad after all.

Second Grade–Seconds graders loved hearing and interacting with the book app What Does My Teddy Do All Day.  This is a stellar example of a well designed book app.  The story is read (by a charming little girl) and only when she finishes can you choose to try the interactive features.  They are  even highlighted which avoids the manic tapping all over the screen that I’ve noticed in other apps.  Next week we will try out the companion book app What Does My Teddy Do All Night.  These are apps well worth purchasing.  Both by Auryn and available in the App Store.

Third Grade–See opening post.

Fourth Grade–This week fourth graders watched a BrainPop movie on Digital Etiquette and we took the quiz together.  With all the devices in the hands of our students, discussing this important topic was very interesting to them.  The main points they took away from the discussion were that online behavior and digital behavior should be one and the same, and that anything you post on line will ALWAYS be there and able to be found if necessary.

Fifth Grade–Fifth Graders used a great handout called “The Evaluating Machine” and together we evaluated a website.  They rated the website for Authority, Accuracy, Currency, and Bias.  Next week, using the same worksheet, they will go to our Skills Blog and evaluate two websites on their own.  On a side note, I tried out our latest technology–eBeam–which turns our flat screen TV into an interactive space similar to a smart board.  Amazing!  I loved it.  The students loved it.

Sixth Grade–One of my favorite Visible Thinking Routines is called 10 Minutes Before, 10 Minutes After, and Patricia Polacco’s evocative book about Word War II, The Butterfly, is a perfect one for the routine.  I projected a slide from the story in which two girls are going downstairs in a house, and one of girls is lifting a trap door and stepping through it.  Students spent a short time noticing all the details first and little by little they came to the conclusion that one of the girls was hiding from the Nazis.  This routine is such a good way to get students to slow down and notice detail, and then use those details to support a hypothesis.  That the story is based on the author’s aunt and her real experience made it all the more meaningful.  A great read aloud for older students.



2 comments on “News From the Library–April 8, 2013

  1. Carolyn says:

    I was intrigued by your Visible Thinking Routines comment and started to do some research, but some of the routines you’ve mentioned on your blog I can only find on your blog! Did you have staff development? Is there a book? I’ve started looking at the Harvard website as well. I have been using See, Think, Wonder this year and am curious about more ideas.

    • Yes, we had a wonderful staff development with Joni Chancer and she gave us some extra routines that she had designed. If you google: Joni Chancer Thinking Routine Cards you can download them. There is a good book on the other thinking routines. It’s called Making Thinking Visible:How to promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for all learners by Ron Rictchart, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison. Hope this helps!

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