Recently @ Hills Elementary Library
Next up, students began typing practice by playing Keyboard Zoo, also on ABCya. This game helps students locate letters on the keyboard while reinforcing letter recognition and matching letter sounds to the names of animals.
First and Second grade students have started learning more about how our library is organized - they already know about our different sections, but now we are working on the details of how those sections are arranged. We thought about why a library is organized the way it is. Why use alphabetical order for an author's last name instead of arranging by color? What if we arranged the books by number of pages? What if we organized by authors' first names? We decided that the systems a library use help us find information more quickly.
Third and Fourth grade students are preparing for the Optimist Good Reader Program by reviewing genres of literature. After a basic review, students played a game of "I have, who has" using genres and their definitions. This game requires listening skills as well as knowing the differences between types of literature. We will continue to practice and find examples of great literature after break.
Fifth and Sixth grade students have been learning about evaluating websites and how to search Google more effectively. First, we learn that Google is not a source of information - rather a way to locate sources. We discuss how some websites you find through Google might be good, but others might be total junk. As we continue to learn about evaluating information, we are also practicing ways to use Google to our advantage. The following video gave us some great tips on searching with Google to help us find better results.
Creating a Culture of Readers
With the library decked out like a winter wonderland and a crackling fireplace projected on the SMART Board, students spend their library time getting cozy and reading together. Students love the chance to relax and read what they want to read and to be part of a community of readers!
Technology Supporting the Curriculum
At Hills Elementary, students in grades 1-6 participated in the international Hour of Code event to introduce the concepts of breaking down a complex task into smaller steps.
Using the website Tynker, students played problem-solving games in which they “code” a character to complete a task using visual block commands. For example, students connect a “walk” command block to the “start” block, telling the character to move one square when start is pushed.
One Book, Two Book - Writing Contest and Literary Festival
Attention Budding Writers!
Every student in every grade across the district is invited to submit writing to the annual One Book Two Book children’s literary festival!
The writing may be a story, a poem, or graphic novel, and should be no more than one page in length (double-spaced, single side). The work should be proof-read and re-written neatly or typed. All student writing will be entered into a contest. The students of the winning entries will be invited to attend the Write Out Loud event on Sunday, March 9, 2015.
One student at Hills will be selected to read his/her work at the banquet on Friday, March 6, 2015. We will also have 9 tickets pre-paid so that the representative's family and friends may attend as well.
Submissions are due the first week back from Winter Break.