Deputy Learning Commons

Creativity, Curiosity, Innovation

October Newsletter 2017

Hello, readers!

We've made it through the first nine weeks of school!

We love October in the Learning Commons! It is a month filled with amazing learning, teaching, making, reading and sharing Halloween fun.

Thank you,

Mrs. Stevenson and Mrs. Clerkin

Class Dojo Winners

Congratulations to our first nine-week Dojo winners!

Mrs. Crim and Mrs. Stoner's classes tied for Primary grades.

Mrs. Fulton's 4th grade class won for Intermediate.

Monster Mania

This project involved writing and art. Students in 3rd and 4th grade had to visualize a monster and draw a picture of it. Next, the students wrote a detailed description of their own monster. We then switched their writing with another class. Students in our partner class had to draw their partner's monster using the detail in the written description. Once classes were finished, we shared the original version to see what they actually looked like!

The results were interesting and generated lots of discussion!

It was monstrously fun!

Working on a slideshow of drawings.

Spider Web Bridges

12' of yarn + 6" of tape = a fun engineering challenge! Students in 2nd grade were challenged to construct a spider web bridge that holds as many LEGO blocks (aka spiders) as possible.

Building spider web bridges was a fun way for kids to test their engineering skills!

Halloween Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality brings Halloween to life in the Learning Commons! Kindergarten and 1st grade students have been learning about and using augmented reality during their Learning Commons time. We have had so much fun with these activities and I knew there were a couple for Halloween on the QuiverVision site so I printed copies of Happy Halloween and Pumpkins. Students designed and colored their Jack-o-Lanterns. When they scanned the two Halloween coloring sheets with the Quiver app look what happened. They came to life!

Book Snaps

There is a fun new trend in the education world called Book Snaps! We introduced this idea to students in 2nd through 4th grade. This is a really fun way for students to share about what they're reading. They can highlight favorite parts of a book, add drawings overtop of a book page, take a picture of the book cover, and even use the microphone tool to tell about why the book is a favorite, or what they found interesting!

We plan on displaying these around the Learning Commons! Stay tuned!

Until next month...

About Us

Our goals are to:

  • Get students excited about the library space and learning.
  • Give students opportunities to work on engaging tasks.
  • Provide spaces to work collaboratively, think critically and creatively.

Also, to transition to a place where students DO stuff, not simply a place where students GET stuff.