Johnson Jungle

Art, Guidance, Library, Music, P.E., and Spanish

Updated Edition 4.6 - March 2018

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S.T.E.A.M. Family Night 2018

Thank you to all who were able to join us for S.T.E.A.M. Family Night! What an incredible collection of activities and events! More than 500 people were in attendance, exploring and discovering ideas at Johnson. Keep being curious about the world around you!

LIBRARY NEWS

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Please remind students to turn in books on time. Of course, books can be renewed. If a book is lost, the student will have to pay the replacement costs. If your child has an overdue item, you will receive an automated message from our library management system, Destiny.

May 7th - ALL Books DUE!

Mark your calendar--- All library books are due the week of MAY 7th for inventory purposes. Any lost books will need to be paid before the end of the school year. Students may still read digital books!

This year we are using Biblionasium to track books for our 40 Book Challenge. Any students that meets his or her goal will receive a prize! The class that logs that most books will receive an ice cream party from me! The below video shows how to log books for the challenge:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Hx4-gEKpM&feature=youtu.be
iPads: Update iPads to the latest IOS to ensure that programs keep working correctly!
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eBooks: Did you know that students have several different ways to read digital books on their iPads?


Students can use their Epic! app while at school to access a complete digital library for free.

OverDrive QuickStart is our newest digital platform. Students have access to 200 books that can be read by multiple users at home and school. There are even several read aloud options for our beginning readers. Students can access these books by signing into their FTLearn app and then clicking the OverDrive icon. Or they can sign in using the following information: Website: http://johnsones.lib.overdrive.com Login code: Johnson.


We also have almost 300 eBooks available through the Destiny Discover app. Students just need to sign in through google with their Fort Thomas email and FT password.

Kindergarten Library

Students in Kindergarten have been learning about various story elements like problem and solution. Students are also working in different centers to practice literacy and technology skills. Recently, students have been using Scratch Jr. to retell a story. Students are also practicing their directions by programming a Bee-Bot robot to navigate through a maze.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

Kindergarten Physical Education

This week in Kindergarten, as well as the rest of the school, we have been working on our Miniature Golf unit. The students have learned, practiced, developed and applied skills used in the game of golf.


Golf is a unique activity that can provide a lifetime of enjoyment once basic skills are attained and confidence is established. For many students, this class will be their first opportunity to learn golf skills. Introductory golf activities consist of effective drills disguised as fun games, designed to promote fun, while developing students' skills and self-esteem so they can enjoy the game for a lifetime.


Nick Behymer

Physical Education Teacher

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Very focused kindergarten artists practicing their paint mixing!

Jennifer Flynn

Visual Art Teacher

1st Graders Plan & Create

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1st grade students just read How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace. Now they are working to design and create their own leprechaun trap using supplies from our Makerspace!


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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1st Grade Spanish

In first grade, we are learning the months of the year. Next year, we will need to know months in order to describe monarch migration. In the photo, students in Mrs. Bibbin's class are putting months in order, playing a months memory game on the iPad, and pairing the word with the picture representation on the smart board.


Julie Dashley

Spanish Teacher

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2nd Grade Storytellers & Illustrators

2nd grade students just finished reading and comparing versions of Little Red Riding Hood. Now, they are writing a continuation to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane using themselves as a character. We will be sharing our stories (created in Library with Mrs. Zimmerman) and cartoons (designed with Mrs. Flynn in Art Class) with Illustrator Kim Smith who will be visiting on May 8th.

May 8th- Illustrator Kim Smith will visit the 2nd grade.

Kim Smith is an illustrator from Calgary, Alberta. She has illustrated several children’s books including Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure (Sterling, 2015) Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook (Quirk Books, 2015). Her most recent books include The X-Files: Earth Children are Weird (Quirk Books, 2017), The Great Puppy Invasion (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook (Quirk Books, 2017).

Along with illustrating picture books, she has created illustrations for video games, apps, magazines, displays, apparel, animation, and more!

Kim currently lives in Calgary with her dog, Whisky, and husband, Eric.

Media Literacy & Fake News

3rd grade students are focusing on Media Literacy and will be learning about bias in news. 4th grade students are learning how to spot fake news.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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4th Grade Drum Circle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_bPtbR9CZI&sns=em

Fourth Graders created and wrote their own rhythms to play on our drums!

Alyssa Vanderpool

Music Teacher

Character Calendar Designs

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Each year, Johnson creates a calendar for students and classrooms throughout the school that highlights the traits of our Character Program with Guidance Counselor, Whitney McKay. Student artworks illustrate these character traits, created by our current 3rd and 4th graders for the upcoming year's calendar. Students are in the midst of artwork production NOW, preparing for next year's calendar! I can't wait to see their completed designs, positively demonstrating the behaviors we try to build in our lives every day.


Jennifer Flynn

Visual Art Teacher

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4th & 5th Grade Science Fair

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5th Grade

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5th grade students are wrapping up their Genius Hour projects and will be sharing what they learned in various ways.


Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist

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5th Grade Art

5th Graders are completing creative artworks they designed either independently or collaboratively, with the aim to select subject matter and materials of interest, and to pursue techniques and styles that demonstrate what they know about visual art!


Jennifer Flynn

Visual Art Teacher

Coming Soon....Be on the lookout!

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From Concept to Product!

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The 5th Grade Leadership Team has been working on a fundraiser for Hurricane María Disaster Relief. The hurricane tore through Puerto Rico this past September and there are still communities without electricty.


Fifth grader, Sylvie Martin, won our shirt design competition and we are selling t-shirts with the design once we have the website finalized J. Sylvie’s design is of 2 hands holding a light bulb with the saying, “Sé la luz en la tormenta.” – Be the light in the storm.

The shirts cost $10 and come in both Adult and Youth sizes. All profits from the shirt will be donated to the Hispanic Federation Unidos campaign which benefits Puerto Rico as they work to recover from this devastating hurricane.


We will send out an update once the website has been finalized and the sale begins!


Julie Dashley

Spanish Teacher

Student Online Art Gallery

Students will be adding to their digital portfolios on Artsonia. Parents - you can easily add relatives' email addresses into your child's account, and then they will be notified when new artwork is posted for viewing. It's a great way to share students' creativity with family members that live far away! (Their account keeps artwork from year to year, allowing you to see their visual art skills develop over time.) Visit Johnson's Gallery to see all of our amazing artworks.

Digital Citizenship

One of the things that students learn in library is how to be a good digital citizen. This is so important now that we are 1:1 with iPads. Below a PDF from Common Sense Media about the importance of Media Literacy in your child’s education.

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