I was awarded a Grants for Great Ideas grant from the Frisco Education Foundation Friday! The CBS news crew filmed it too! This $800 will allow me to purchase robots for the library which enhance students’ critical thinking and problem solving since they have to program the robots to do tasks. I will teach programming/coding skills that the kids use to ‘command’ the robots. These robots are for all ages: the Pre-K Tiny Tots for Literacy children and kindergarteners will explore the Code-a-pillars, the first and second graders will learn how to use the Bee-Bots, the third graders will learn coding with colors using the Ozobots, and the fourth and fifth graders can use Blockly programming to code the Dash and Dot robots. This will be fun! Stay tuned to see the robots in action!
Piper won the Ogle Carnival auction to be Librarian for a Day. Last Wednesday, she came in and gathered and organized supplies, set up the computers, prepared the ID cards, taught a lesson to kindergarten, checked out books, and distributed bookmarks. I also showed her how to catalog and put labels on a book to add to the collection. We looked at how the collection is organized and straightened up the shelves too. She’s a natural! Check out our day below!
First grade is making zombie bookmarks in the Ogle Library this week! First we read I Want to Eat Your Books by Karin Lefranc. During the story, we found synonyms for ‘eat’ and sequenced the books eaten by the zombie. The kids loved the story and captivating illustrations. At the tables, the kids created zombie bookmarks using Li’l Country Librarian‘s template printed on cardstock. Spooky!
Second graders are having fun in the Ogle Library this week listening to Matt McElligott read his book, Even Monsters Need Haircuts via A Story Before Bed. They enjoy finding the ‘hidden’ funny clues in the illustrations. His questioning to bring out critical thinking is fantastic! After reading the story, they used his Monster Machine to assemble their own spooky monsters. Be sure you have Adobe Flash installed to see his interactive book and the Monster Machine too. This is always second grade’s favorite lesson of the year! Thanks, Matt!
Check out Matt’s biography here.
The Tiny Tots for Literacy Pre-K kids had fun with monsters in the Ogle Library last Thursday! First we read Ed Emberley’s Go Away, Big Green Monster. Then we sang “If You’re a Monster and You Know It” and did a dance to go with the song. We read a nonfiction book about the bumblebee bat (Hello, Bumblebee Bat by Lunde) and labeled a bat’s parts for guided practice. Then at the tables, the kids labeled the wing, ears, head, body, and fangs of the bumblebee bat. They used an iPad app to hear Ed Emberley read Go Away, Big Green Monster complete with animations. I taught the kids how “Book Bucks” work as an incentive to participate in library activities and they each earned a “buck” for an extra book check out. Finally, the kids checked out books and a kit with a puppet and book to take home. I can’t wait until November 16 when these kids and more join the Tiny Tots for Literacy program for more fun with books and technology!
Note: There is a Big Green Monster app that doesn’t work with iOS 11 but the one by Day & Night Studios (link above) DOES work.
The kids had to guess the monsters’ feelings based on their actions for this one. Masks of emotions are included.
Bonus Ed Emberley book with song by Adrian:
They enjoyed hearing Ed Emberley himself read his book to them via the Day and Night app!
Kindergarten had fun in the Ogle Library last week pairing the correct monster to its truck after reading Joy Keller’s @jrkeller80 and @MisaSaburi ‘s Monster Trucks picture book. They loved the funny illustrations and were captivated by the different monsters and trucks. This book is also on Horn Book’s Ghoulish Guide to all children’s literature spooky and excellent! At the computer station, they used ABCYa to create their own pumpkin decorations. I like to leave this game on the computers all day so the fun cricket and owl noises create a spooky ambience in the library!
First graders loved this book! It’s about fearless Winifred and some annoying monsters! The rhyme pattern makes it fun to read aloud and the illustrations are adorable. I used it to teach context clues. The book is written by Lane Fredrickson and illustrated by Michael Robertson.