Hamilton Media Monthly

May & June Newsletter

Summer is just around the corner...

What is your summer reading goal? I decided that this summer I am going to try to read 100 books! Join me on my #100book journey by following my progress on Twitter. I'll share pictures, videos, and short reviews of all the books along the way. I can't wait to hear about your goals for the summer, and all the fun adventures you will have.

A Visit from Ryan Hipp

Pre-K through 2nd graders were visited by amazing local author and Illustrator Ryan Hipp! He shared with us about his process and how he became an author and illustrator. He also made some fun drawings for us! Pre-K-2nd grade students brought home an order form for Ryan's book Little Steps. If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of Little Steps, please turn those forms in to Mrs. Henderson by Friday, 5/19!
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What are we learning?

Kindergarten & First grade - We have been reading some favorite stories including Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, and Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems. After a discussion about the difference between Fiction and Nonfiction we looked to the internet to provide us with informational text about real animals. Students have been using PebbleGo, an amazing database targeted at K-2 students, to learn about animals. Soon we will all practice logging into PebbleGo using our TPL eCards and conducing independent research projects. We'll also continue to talk about how to be safe when using the internet. Keep an eye out for information about TPL eCards and how to use them over the summer, as well as other free resources from MeL, to keep your little one reading all summer long!

Second grade: My second graders have been learning about another online resource for informational text - World Book Kids! This amazing resource is provided by MeL, free for all Michigan residents! World Book Kids provides second and third graders with a deeper learning experience, providing more (and longer) articles, beautiful pictures, exciting videos, and engaging games and activities. There is a whole world to explore in World Book Kids. Students are practicing completing small-group tasks using World Book and soon will be using the resource independently, and preparing for the responsibility of having their own iPad as a learning tool next year.

Third grade: The third graders have been learning about smart and safe use of the internet from Common Sense Media digital citizenship lessons. We are also looking at some great, free resources from MeL and TPL to keep us reading and learning all summer long! Our favorite resource? The K-8 eBook collection from MeL. It has over 10,000 titles, and you can all read them at the same time! No more waiting in line for these amazing eBooks. Check some out today: http://kids.mel.org/Storytime

Fourth & Fifth grade: My oldest students are having a blast working on their Digital Passports. This is an online activity provided by Common Sense Media (the source of my best Digital Citizenship lessons and activities). The Digital Passport allows students to play fun, engaging games, while also teaching them about smart, safe, responsible use of the internet and technology tools. Our goal is for all students to complete their passport by earning all 5 badges. We'll wrap up the end of the year with Library Kahoot! to review our learning and get ready for summer reading.

Contact Mrs. Henderson

Have a question or concern? Please feel free to contact me by email or phone at either of my two buildings.