Lydia Middleton Learning Commons

Creativity, Curiosity, Innovation

February/March 2018

Happy March!

It feels like February disappeared right before our eyes!

We've been having so much fun with science, tech, engineering, art, and math in the Learning Commons, so read on to see what awesome learning is happening!


Thank you,

Mrs. Stevenson and Ms. Schmitt

World Read Aloud Week 2018

We had an amazing time celebrating the power of reading at Lydia Middleton! We've celebrated World Read Aloud Day for the past few years and stretched it into a whole week. World Read Aloud Day was created by an organization called LitWorld for a very important reason.


We think everyone in the world should get to read and write. Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. ~Litworld


This year students in 3rd and 4th grade celebrated World Read Aloud Day with a literacy-focused and tech-infused project. Students used Flipgrid to record videos of themselves reading. QR Codes were created and shared with our kindergarten and first-grade teachers to use in their classrooms.

Our WRAD grid has 593 views! Click the link below to listen.

Global School Play Day 2018

In February, all of Lydia Middleton participated in Global School Play Day!

This is one day set aside to bring awareness to the importance of play in a child's healthy, well-rounded development.

The underlying premise and concern around the decline of play is that children actually learn a number of valuable skills and lessons through play. Watch the short TEDx video below with Peter Gray talking about the decline and importance of play.

https://youtu.be/Bg-GEzM7iTk

2018 Winter Olympic Fever!

Team Lydia Middleton engaged in many Olympic-related activities in each grade level to educate our students on this world-wide event. Students used Flipgrid to share which sport they'd compete in and why. Second grade was challenged with building a bobsled that could slide down a slope using different materials. Kindergarten and first grade learned about the Olympic mascot Soohorang and were challenged to design a mascot for our Learning Commons!

Lots of Olympic fun was had. The only regret is that there is not enough time to take in all of the memorable Olympic moments.

Read Across America Week

Lydia Middleton students celebrated by having special theme days and activities all week, which included Dr. Seuss read alouds, bingo, sock toss, coloring pages and bookmarks, making Oobleck (aka Slime), and a Seuss Breakout to name a few.

Oobleck

To celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday, third graders made Oobleck (aka slime). A mixture of water, glue, contact solution, and shaving cream was colored with food coloring to create this bowl of ooze. We quickly decided that this activity needs to continue. We will test a variety of different slime recipes and research the science behind what makes it work.

Making Oobleck was a hit in the Learning Commons!

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Dr. Seuss Breakout EDU

It all started like this: Those silly little dudes, Thing 1 and Thing 2 STOLE the Cat's Hat and LOCKED it in the Breakout Box! We have to get it back to him!

Students had to work as a team in order to unlock the boxes. In the Dr. Seuss game, students had to read, watch a video, solve puzzles, and more. As they were trying to solve the clues, they were also learning life skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving. The students enjoyed this game-based learning activity. Watch the video below for more information.

https://youtu.be/QWSoR-0DH8Q

We're on Social Media!

We love sharing what we do each week in the Learning Commons. Check out our social media sites to catch a glimpse of the learning and fun we are having.

Circulation Stats

February/March


347 library items were checked out to students



The top 10 check outs for February/March were:


1. Mercy Watson : princess in disguise

2. The adventures of Super Diaper Baby : the first graphic novel

3. Mercy Watson thinks like a pig

4. Polar bears past bedtime

5. The cat in the hat

6. Cupcake : a journey to special

7. Diary of a wimpy kid : the third wheel

8. Green eggs and ham

9. The sea of monsters

10. What cats are made of

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Until next time...

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.