News From the Library–Dec. 9, 2013


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iPad Christmas Scavenger Hunt


Sixth Graders went on an iPad Scavenger Hunt for facts about the Christmas holidays.  They had a lot of fun, especially this this was the first time we used our iPad cart in the Library and this meant that every student had an  iPad.  The scavenger hunt is on our Library Skills Blog and they first navigated to the blog and then followed the links to answer the questions.  It was also a good test of our bandwidth capacity and we happily had no problems.


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Also in the Library this week……

Kindergarten–This week Kindergarteners enjoyed Tacky’s Christmas, a great app for Christmas.  This is a nice simple app that has limited interactivity and  just the right amount of movement to keep the children’s interest.  Tacky is one of our favorite characters and we did the Thinking Routine called Same, Same, Different to compare Tacky and his companions.

First Grade–First graders enjoyed Merry Christmas, Splat by Rob Scotton and one of the best parts of this book is the ending which at first confuses them.  The present that Splat finally gets is not revealed and it gives students the opportunity to use context clues and clues from the illustration to come up what they think his present is.

Second Grade–Second graders first did a Visible Thinking Routine in which they compared and contrasted slides in a Keynote presentation about Saint Nicholas Day.  Then we read a wonderful book that is both a very interesting story and gives them a real understanding of the difference between Santa Claus and St. Nicholas and the meaning of December 6.  The Baker’s Dozen by Aaron Shepard is a nice alternative to more familiar Christmas stories.

Third Grade–One of our favorite Christmas apps is Moving Christmas and third graders loved the story of the melting North Pole and how Duffy and his dog Brick save the day by moving Christmas to the South Pole.  This book has a subtle environmental message but not one that overpowers the enjoyment of the story.  The narration is excellent and the graphics very appealing.

Fourth Grade–Fourth graders were introduced to News-O-Matic this week and they enjoyed doing the teacher materials that come with this app.  This is a great app….assignments tied to Common Core Standard, exciting articles for the students that change every day, and even a few well designed games.  It’s well worth the money.

Fifth Grade–After doing a thinking routine to compare different celebrations of light, students heard Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel.  This is one of our all time favorite holiday stories and a great way to talk about Hanukkah traditions.

Sixth Grade–see opening post.


2 comments on “News From the Library–Dec. 9, 2013

  1. Brandi says:

    I subscribed to the news-o-matic recently. Where do you find the teacher’s materials for it?

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