Library Projects Update!

At this point, many of the groups are completing the research and design portion of their different library research projects.  Beginning on Wednesday, April 12, students may begin to bring different materials to school to complete the project.  Students will be allowed to use phones, tablets, or other electronic devices during library instruction only if their group has chosen to use Minecraft.  Other students may have chosen to bring in Legos.  Legos will be stored with their group project so that they can be returned to the appropriate child.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at lori.paules@pennmanor.net.

Library Research Projects

During the last cycle, I talked to grades 4, 5, and 6 about research projects that we will be completing during library instruction.  There have been a few questions about the project so I wanted to let everybody know what it entails.

The entire project will be done at school, during library instruction.  Students will be doing research on specific topics and then creating a design based on their research.  Fourth grade will research animals and then design a zoo exhibit, fifth grade will research a state and then design a national park for that state, and sixth grade will be researching a planet and then designing a space station for that planet.

After all the planning, students will be creating a final project to present their research and design to the class.  This part of the project is very open ended.  Students can complete the project in a way that matches their interests.  So, some students might make it out of craft materials, Legos, or a poster.  Other students may choose to go a more digital route and do a Google Slides presentation, Minecraft, or other computer programs.  We even had a group of students at another school who made a play to present their project!

The whole project can be completed without the students needing to bring anything in to school.  However, if they do choose to something like Minecraft or Legos, they will need to bring their own supplies (I have some Legos, but not a enough for everyone).  Minecraft is an option, but it is only one of many.  If the group would decide to do Minecraft, it would need to be the pocket edition that is used on phones/tablets/ipods so that it can be done in school.  However, that portion of the project is quite a ways off yet; we probably won’t start creating until mid-April.  I will inform students when we are ready for that part of the process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask!  Thanks!

Book Exchange

Hello and welcome back!  I am looking forward to another fantastic year with all of my elementary libraries!

This year, due to the new 4 day schedule, book exchanges will be working a little differently.  Students will only be exchanging their books every other cycle.  Students who are in even numbered grades will have book exchanges on even numbered cycles.  So, students in grades 2, 4, and 6 will exchange their books on cycles 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc.  Students in odd numbered grades will have book exchanges on odd numbered cycles.  Therefore, students in grades 1, 3, and 5 will exchange their books during cycles 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, etc.

I know this is a new system and it will take some time for adjustment but I am confident that we will all adapt and soon it will be old hat!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

6th Grade Country Research

Currently, sixth grade students are completing research about countries around the world.  They are using an awesome database called CultureGrams.  Students were able to select the country of their choice to complete the project.  One student name Jordan decided to research the country Jordan!  They have been finding information such about landforms in their country, the climate, government, and more.  CultureGrams provides fantastic information about every country in the world, as well as the American states and Canadian provinces.  It can be accessed at home with a username and password, both of which are listed on my blog.  After the break, students will begin creating Google Slides presentations to showcase their findings.

5th Grade Planet Research

Fifth grade students are currently in the middle of a research project focusing on a planet from our solar system.  Students were able to choose the planet of their choice.  We then used a database called Kids Infobits to find information about their chosen planets.  Next, we used an amazing website run by NASA to find even more information.  Following the winter break, students will begin to create a Google Slides presentation to share the information that they found.

4th Grade William Penn Research Projects

All fourth grade students have been working on researching William Penn during library instruction.  They used several sources from the database Kids Infobits.  After completing the research, students began creating a Google Slides project using the information that they found.  Many of them are getting close to being done and some are even adding images to make their presentations even better!  If you would like to see your child’s work, ask them to log into their Google Drive account and check it out!  Kids Infobits is a wonderful resource that all students can access both at home and at school.  Usernames and passwords are needed, but I have them listed on my blog, under research links.

Grades 3-6 Research Projects

Currently, all of my students in grades 3-6 are involved in research projects during their library instruction time.  Each grade level’s project ties into either a social studies or science topic that they are discussing this year during classroom instruction.

Third Grade

These students are working on finding information about the solar system and individual planets.  They have used World Book Online for Kids and well as the print version of the encyclopedia.

Fourth Grade

Students in this grade are just beginning to research the different biomes that are found around the world.  They will be finding out about what biomes are, as well as researching three specific types of biomes.

Fifth Grade

This group of students is researching different patriots from the American Revolution, as well as the famous battles that they participated in.  For their information, they are using World Book Online Student version.

Sixth Grade

The sixth grade classes are researching immigration, specifically the experience of coming through Ellis Island.  They are using World Book Online as well as an interactive tour of Ellis Island, which is on Scholastic, Inc’s website.

After completing their research, all of the students will be creating a final project using their Google Drive accounts.

Stardines Swim High Across the Sky

Around Thanksgiving, students read the new poetry book by Jack Prelutsky called Stardines Swim High Across the Sky.  This funny book blends words together to create new animals.  For example, from the title, star and sardine became stardine.  After reading the book, older students created their own, new animals.  Below are some examples.

My made up animal is a “sunkey”.  It is a very bright yellow monkey that shines up a day and is very smart.  When it gets mad, it fires up and gets flamed up.  Kendall, Gr. 6

 

“Teabras” like tea.  They always have tea time day and night.  They make their tea just right.  Quinn, Gr. 6

 

“Cabbit”- It is a rabbit that is a cab. So it takes people where they need to go.  Hope, Gr. 6

 

“Tion”

Tions tie their own shoes,

And tie the ropes on balloons.

Tions don’t like, but they tie all day

And they say hey if it doesn’t stay.  Dru, Gr. 6

 

Cow + Flounder=Cownder

The Cownder moo in the sea and swim on the grass.  The Cownder sits on the boat when the sailors catch it.  Devyn, Gr. 5

 

“Colden Retriever”

A colden retriever is always cold.  They have coats on in summer and in winter.  They will never be warm, even in the sun.  Colden retrievers are always very cold.  Isaac, Gr. 6

“White Fail Deer”

A white fail deer is a deer that tries doing things but every time it does something fails.  That is why it is called a white fail deer. Zach, Gr. 6

“Sing Cobra”

They sing and sing all day.  You can ask why they sing but they will not say.  Idris, Gr. 6

Meanwhile, the younger students read the poems, but did not get to see the illustrations.  They practiced their visualization skills by imagining what these new animals would look like and providing their own illustrations.

The animals shown are their interpretations of what a “fountain lion” and a “jollyfish” may look like.

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