Recently @ Hills Elementary Library
August - September 2014
Thanks to some new shelving, our library looks quite a bit different this year - we have rearranged, re-labeled, and re-oriented the classroom space. We hope the new arrangement will be inviting, efficient, and help us focus on learning!
First and Second grade students started the year with library organization and book care review, and are quickly moving on to an author study of children's book author and illustrator Peter Brown. In October, first and second grade students will be traveling to hear the author speak! We were excited to start with "Children Make Terrible Pets," a book in which Lucy, a bear, finds a human boy and makes him her pet. While fun at first, "Squeaker" ended up not meeting many of the criteria the 1st/2nd graders came up with for a "good" pet.
Third and Fourth grade students began by reviewing library organization, genres, and computer usage. Then we tackled the big task of creating secure passwords and logging in with their own district accounts. Students have access to the school network by logging in with their firstname.lastname@example.org - the number being the year they will graduate from high school. This can be a daunting task for third and fourth grade students, but they all tried their best and will continue practice with the login they will use for the rest of the years at ICCSD. Next up, we'll dig deep into how our library is organized and how to use call numbers to find books quickly and easily.
Fifth and Sixth grade students also began with reviews of library organization, genres, and computer expectations, but have since delved a little deeper into the tech skills they will need throughout the year. After a lesson on secure passwords that included testing out possibilities on howsecureismypassword.net, students created a password and logged in to their computers. Next up, was a discussion of the difference between saving on a flash drive, the hard drive, the network, or a cloud storage service. Then students synced their accounts to their new district Google Drive. Students are excited to have to worry less about saving, and more about creating great work!
Technology Supporting the Curriculum
For teachers, this means easier sharing of files and simple real-time collaboration on documents. For students, it means storage space they can access from any device with the internet, and the ability to create, edit, and turn in school work without paper! So far, the fifth and sixth grade students are the only students at Hills who have gotten started with Google Docs, but we are all excited to use these tools to make our learning stronger and more efficient!
Cool New Tool
This is a fun tool for reviewing anything from classroom expectations to state capitals!
Hills Summer Reading Program
See the video below for highlights!