Seasons Greetings from the Library

December 2015

Hour of Code

The week of December 7th - 11th is Hour of Code Week. In celebration, all students will join students across the globe in participating in computer coding during library skills - whole group, partners, or independently. Students will receive an introduction to computer programming and try out some awesome activities using the website. Computer sciences are an up and coming field - this week's activities can spark an interest in many of our students. If you're not familiar with coding, check out some of the resources on the Hour of Code website. Or try some of the tutorials yourself!

President Obama asks America to learn computer science


Our cart iPads were recently updated and we found that they are very full of apps - to the point that we are unable to add others and some of them are not working properly.

In order to free up space, we've been asked to prioritize the apps on the cart. If there are apps that are used on a daily/weekly basis we will leave those on the cart. If there are others that are used sporadically they may be removed and then added when specific projects approach. If you use the iPads in your classroom, please complete this survey to share your feedback. If there are apps that are not selected, they may be removed from the cart.

Thanks for your patience in this process.

Library Skills

This month in library skills we will be working on:

Kindergarten: Fiction/nonfiction, Hour of Code, Elf Hunt, audio book

1st grade: Story time, Hour of Code, library centers

2nd grade: Using library catalog, Hour of Code, library centers

3rd grade: Google Docs, Hour of Code, sharing documents

4th grade: eBook introduction, Hour of Code, Thick vs. Thin questions

5th grade: Green Screen, Hour of Code, Gingerbread characters

Crazy Santa Dance

If you're looking for a fun movement activity - check out the Crazy Santa Dance. There are also quite a ton of quick movement breaks on GoNoodle - and they're free!

*There is one butt shaking move*

Crazy santa dance

Live Reindeer Cam

As I've shared in the past, Animal Planet Live again has a reindeer cam set up in Como Zoo. Check it out for live footage of reindeer.

A book is a present you can open again and again!

connect ~ reflect ~ reason ~ read ~ share ~ inspire ~ explore ~ create ~ imagine ~ question