Reading! Technology! Fun!

February 2014

Happy February!

There are lots of fun events happening in the Learning Commons this month! Digital Learning Day, Bubble Gum Day, International Book Giving Day and more! Please be sure to let us know if there is anything we can help you with!

Your Learning Commons Team,

Mrs. Byrd Fort, Mrs. Swygert, Mrs. Gobbi, and Ms. Burkett

Digital Learning Day 2014

The Wonder Den is pleased to announce that Digital Learning Day is back! We will be celebrating our 2nd Annual Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. The South Carolina State Library will be here with their Technology Petting Zoo; Lexington County Public Library will be here to show you and your students how to access resources on your devices; our student teacher will share how to access NPES resources on your devices; and Brenda Burkett and I will be sharing cool Augmented Reality Apps with your students. Students are encouraged to bring their own devices on this day. If you want to do more Digital Learning Day activities in your classroom, be sure to check out the DLD website for lesson plans and ideas (http://www.digitallearningday.org/learn-and-explore/digital-learning-tools/ )!

The fun will continue after the students leave with a Technology Session for teachers brought to you by Mrs. Swygert (the library’s student teacher)!

If you would like to bring your class to the Learning Commons on Digital Learning Day to explore the learning experiences above, please sign up for a time using the sign-up sheet in the workroom. If you would like to come to Mrs. Swygert’s Technology Session, don’t forget to email Brenda Burkett to let her know you are planning to come.

Bubble Gum Day!

The Learning Commons Team and The Service Den is happy to present our 2nd Annual Bubble Gum Day on Friday, February 7, 2014!

Bubble Gum Day is celebrated each February and is a FUNdraising activity! We will be donating our proceeds from Bubble Gum Day to Relay for Life. Students will be able to purchase gum during recess for 50 cents per piece (while supplies last). You will get a baggie of gum for your grade level the morning of Bubble Gum Day. Sell gum during recess and bring the leftovers and money to the Learning Commons.

There is LOTS of fun you can have in your classroom on Bubble Gum Day…check out these resources!

Bubble Gum Day Activity Guide http://www.bubblegumday.com/Bubble_Gum_Day/Activity_Guide.html

Bubble Gum Day Website: http://www.bubblegumday.com/Bubble_Gum_Day/Bubble_Gum_Day.html

Take the Bubble Gum Trivia Challenge: http://sciencespot.net/Media/bgumtrivia.pdf

Bubble Gum facts: http://www.gleegum.com/fun-facts.htm

How Gum is made: http://www.wrigley.com/global/about-us/how-gum-is-made.aspx

Have fun!

Author Visit!

We are excited to announce that this year's author visit is Matthew Holm! Holm is the co-author and illustrator of the Babymouse and Squish graphic novels. These books are great for all ages and a wonderful way to introduce comic books and comic book writing in your classroom. Each classroom will receive a copy of one of his books to share and I will announce the visit to students when you come in for checkout this first week back to school. We have many of his books in our Learning Commons (they are always checked out though!). You can certainly get the books from a local book store, Amazon.com, or your public library. I bet many of your students already read and LOVE Babymouse and Squish - so, get ready for an exciting visit! An order form for books will go home this month and we will have some available for purchase the day of his visit. Matthew Holm will be at NPES on Tuesday, March 25. Check out the Babymouse website (http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/babymouse/ ) and Matthew Holm's website (http://www.matthewholm.net/) for more information!

Mrs. Swygert's Spot!

On February 5th, I will be teaching as part of the Digitial Learning Day. Some of the sites I will be sharing are WeGiveBooks, Follett E-Books, BookFlix, TrueFlix, and TumbleBooks. These are all great resources to use in and out of the classroom. Families will get a lot use out of WeGiveBooks, found at www.wegivebooks.org. You do not have to create an account, and you can read any of the titles listed. All titles are appropriate for reading with children through age 10. New books are added each month, and are totally FREE. The Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation want to give all children the chance to read. Please come take part in Digital Learning Day to find out about more of our exciting resources!

Life Long Guidelines & Life Skills SPOTLIGHT!

Don't forget to add resources (books, websites, videos) that you use to help you teach the Life Skills and LifeLong Guidelines for the week/month. You can add these resources to this Google Doc (or send them to me and I'll add them): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NFsEIehMDFzjrxnwBPpJsen3KBnIgTe4EHJwA2nJLC8/edit?usp=sharing

This month, we focus on curiosity, sense of humor, friendship, and effort. If you are looking for some good read alouds, let us know! We would love to help you!

American Library Association Youth Media Awards

The "Oscars" of Children's Literature were announced on Monday, January 27! Check out the list of winners: http://www.ala.org/news/mediapresscenter/presskits/youthmediaawards/alayouthmediaawards

Save the Date!

The Learning Commons has lots of great events coming up - be sure to mark your calendars!

February 5 - Digital Learning Day

February 14 - International Book Giving Day

February 19 - PAWS to Read at Pets, Inc. 3:30pm - 4:30pm

February 21 - Lion Cub Storytime 9am

Week of February 24 - South Carolina Book Award Voting

March 3 - Read Across America Day / Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

March 5 - World Read Aloud Day

March 25 - Matthew Holm Author Visit

March 28 - Lion Cub Storytime 9am

Watch the newsletter for more dates and events!

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About Us

The Vision and Mission of the New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons is to ensure that students and teachers are effective users of ideas and information in regards to both print and digital resources. We strive to provide library materials and services appropriate to the curriculum of the school and to provide library materials and services that meet the information and recreational needs of the learning community and that will encourage and support Common Core State Standards as well as the 4 C's - Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication. We provide opportunities for collaboration between the Learning Commons Team (Teacher Librarian, Library Assistant, Technology Integration Specialist) and the Classroom Teacher to integrate information literacy, digital literacy, book love and technology into instruction.