Deputy Learning Commons

Creativity, Curiosity, Innovation

January 2019

Well, 2019 is here! We hope your year is off to a great start! And as much as we miss the winter break and sleeping in, it sure is good to get back to our normal schedules.

Coding took over the Learning Commons this month. Students have really enjoyed Dance Party, the new addition to the Hour of Code page and having fun coding The Foos in Fooville! We also learned about and celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you,

Mrs. Stevenson and Mrs. Clerkin

Coding, it's for everyone!

Throughout the 3rd nine weeks, students will be learning how to code. They will be using websites, apps, and tutorials along with unplugged activities.

What an awesome opportunity learning to code can bring to our students and their futures.

Do a little dance, make a little code!

Students in 3rd & 4th grade followed Dance Party tutorials that helped them code interactive dance moves and special effects as they learn basic Computer Science (CS) concepts.

The 2018 tutorial is here and it's all about dancing!

Link to Online Activity

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Kindergarten - 2nd grade classes are using the CodeSpark app. We start each class by learning new vocabulary terms as well as new functions.

We talk a lot about the design process. We stress to students to use the "Test and Learn" steps. How to think through the problem. We don't give up, try small pieces and test, and collaborate when needed.

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Honor and celebrate Martin Luther King

This month we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Students in K - 4th read, researched, listened and talked about all of his special accomplishments and the words he spoke for civil rights and equality.

K - 2 grade students reflected on a time they helped others and using Seesaw made a recording sharing how they helped someone.

We talked to students in 3rd & 4th grade about what it means to be a true warrior like Dr. King who showed tremendous strength, compassion, and courage. Students then reflected on how they have been warriors with a writing prompt in Google Classroom.

New Resource - Britannica School Insights

Britannica offers thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips and so much more.

All of our 3rd & 4th grade students have created their Britannica Online accounts and are super excited to start using this amazing resource!

Britannica Insights is a Chrome Extension that will show you entries from Britannica on the right-hand side of your Google search results. It works when you conduct a Google search the extension will generate a list of related Britannica articles on the same page as the Google results.

What a time saver when starting a research project!

ALA Youth Media Awards 2019

The most esteemed awards in children’s literature have just been announced! Click the link below to see the full list of these amazing titles!
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Independent Checkout Guideline

Tuesday and Friday! Students in grades 2nd - 4th are welcome to visit the Learning Commons to exchange books in addition to their weekly book checkout time with their classroom teachers. Students should return all of their books, and be able to independently navigate the Learning Commons. One visit per student per day.

Students are not allowed to visit during our lunchtime:

11:00 am - 11:30 am

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.