Mann Library

November and December 2017

This publication covers our busy months of November and December in the library! We started out November with a fabulous Scholastic Book Fair. A HUGE thank you to the PTO in making this event possible each year! Thank you to everyone who supported it, as well!

In the month of December, all classes have done some work with computer coding. December 4-10 was Computer Science Education Week aiming to bring awareness of computer programming to students all around the world. Students are encouraged to code on their own if they're able to. There are various sites and programs available at no cost. We used the site code.org.

Kindergarten

Classes continued practicing "ABC order" since our EVERYBODY books are shelved alphabetically. We did a few class activities, computer and paper based, to alphabetize a set of words. To prepare for coding, kindergartners completed an "unplugged" coding activity with paper. Students had to move the Flurb creature to his pot of gold! The last 2 weeks, students have really enjoyed computer coding on code.org. They've worked independently and in pairs.

Book checkout day is FRIDAY for both classes.

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1st Grade

Classes continued practicing "ABC order" since our EVERYBODY books are shelved alphabetically. We did a few class activities, computer and paper based, to alphabetize a set of words. To prepare for coding, 1st graders completed an "unplugged" coding activity with paper. Students had to move the Flurb creature to his pot of gold! The last 2 weeks, students have really enjoyed computer coding on code.org.


Book checkout day is FRIDAY for both classes.

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2nd Grade

Classes continued practicing "ABC order" since our EVERYBODY books are shelved alphabetically. We did a few class activities, computer and paper based, to alphabetize a set of words. To prepare for coding, 2nd graders completed an "unplugged" coding activity with paper. Students had to put steps of an event in the correct order. They also had to decide which step(s) didn't make sense/fit into the situation. The last 2 weeks, students have really enjoyed computer coding on code.org.


Book checkout day is on Tuesday for Mrs. Cernuto's class.
Book checkout day is on Wednesday for Ms. O'Donnell's class.

3rd Grade

Third graders worked on our new typing curriculum from the district. Students received their own logins for the program "Type to Learn". This is a web-based program, and can be accessed from home. If you would like your child's log-in information, please let me know! They have been using library time as well as some extra computer lab sessions to progress through typing lessons. They also tried a bit of coding at code.org the last 2 weeks as a break.

Book checkout day is on FRIDAY for Mr. Green

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4th Grade

Fourth graders continue to be very busy in the library as well! They spent 2 weeks with the "Type to Learn" program to learn how to login and start the typing lessons. They will have opportunities during library and in their classroom to work through the lessons. This is a web-based program, and can be accessed from home. If you would like your child's log-in information, please let me know! Students also spent a few weeks on code.org practicing their coding skills. They're always amazed at what they can program the computer to do!

Book checkout day for both classes is FRIDAY.

5th and 6th Grade

In November, 5th and 6th graders looked at "Fake News". We watched a few short video clips talking about credibility of information -- how to spot incorrect information, how to check information, and why it's important we do so. They then worked in pairs to explore a list of websites to determine if they were real or fake. During December, classes worked through various coding courses on code.org. They're also hopeful to work with our robots, Dash, which can be programmed!!


Book checkout day is on TUESDAY for Mrs. Mulligan.

Book checkout day is on THURSDAY for Mr. Kemp.

Book checkout day is on THURSDAY for 6th grade.

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