Lydia Middleton Learning Commons

Creativity, Curiosity, Innovation

February - March News! 2016

Spring is here! The months of February and March seemed to fly by! So much has been happening in our Learning Commons. We wrapped up our Snowflake project, unboxed our Polar 3D printers, celebrated Presidents' Day, Leap Day, and Dr. Seuss's birthday! Our Polar 3D printers are printing nonstop.

Thank you,

Mrs. Stevenson and Mrs. Schmitt

Hallway Display

What a wonderful snowflake display outside of Mrs. Eder's third-grade classroom. Had to share this because it went right along with the Learning Commons snowflake unit. An added bonus is that her room is right next to the LC so we were so happy to be able to see this every day.

Hopscotch App

Students in 3rd - 5th used visual blocks to build code for snowflake designs. Pictured below is an image. Click on the link to go to the Padlet wall.

Big image

3D Snowflakes

Our Polar 3D printers are printing snowflakes nonstop!

This was the culminating activity to the Science Behind Snowflakes unit. Before printing snowflakes, students had to learn "What is 3D Printing?". We watched and heard and felt 3D printed objects. We learned about the four main parts of a 3D printer. The X, Y, and Z axes, build plate, the filament - PLA, and the extruder.


Students used Morphi app to design their snowflakes. 3D modeling is a very difficult skill to learn; believe me. Morphi makes it easy for beginners. The students were able to start designing immediately due to how simple it is to use.
What Is 3D Printing and How Does It Work? | Mashable Explains

The excitement in the Learning Commons after watching the video above was amazing. WE were completely blown away by things already happening in the world of 3D printing. This is where it gets crazy...

  • Organs
  • Engines
  • Food
  • Buildings: A company in China printed 10 HOUSES in a single day!

Presidents' Day and Leap Day

Kindergarten and 2nd graders used SeeSaw app and Buncee app to record "If I Were President" and "Leap Year" recording. Below are just a few examples.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

In March, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Here are some of the Seuss themed stations we had in the Learning Commons. We had so much fun!

  • Bingo
  • Make Bookmarks
  • Read! It - Sight Word game
  • Seuss listening centers
  • Sock Toss
  • Sock Match - rhyming words

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.