BIG, GIANT, HUGE NEWS! ANOTHER AUTHOR VISIT!

147d1f9c8fe854ba3774d7a337b86953Author Jeffrey Brown will be visiting Wescott on the afternoon of 4/12 for grades 1-5, so mark your calendars! Brown’s Jedi Academy books are very popular with our students. The visit is courtesy of Scholastic Book Fairs. The presentation will begin around 1:15 and will last about 40 minutes. Afterwards, students who purchased a book will be invited to the library to meet the author and have the book signed.

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Author Visit 3/13 for 4th and 5th

b47410c979dab5f7f3e9982ad5040517We are excited to announce that The Book Stall is sending us debut author Jack Cheng on March 13th, for his novel See You in the Cosmos. It is recommended for grades 4-5. The visit is scheduled on 3/13 from around 9-10:30 in the MPR.  Book order forms went home last week.

See You in the Cosmos is getting a lot of praise. See below for some quotes.

  • “Cheng delivers a sweet, soulful debut novel with a brilliant, refreshing structure. Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious.”—Kirkus, starred review
  • “Cheng’s poignant and funny first novel . . . is a propulsive stream-of-conscious dive into Alex’s life. Alex’s strong voice drives this compelling personal journey with resonant themes of family, friendship, and resilience.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “Exuberant and utterly believable.”—Booklist
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1st Grade Engineers!

5416368Last week in library, 1st graders read the book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty.  This week, we used many different building materials to do some engineering of our own!  We documented our creations in our own First Grade Engineer books using the Book Creator app.  Check out our books below!

 

1st – Williams

1st – Grossheusch

1st – Latek

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Back by popular demand – Book Madness!!!

Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.37.46 AMBook Madness is back! Organized by me and Mrs. Sislow, Book Madness is a tournament of the most popular books for 3rd-5th graders. Nominations for the tournament open next week.

3rd-5th grade teachers, we will be placing a QR Code in your mailboxes. Please hang it in your room so your students can participate in March Book Madness. Students can nominate books through the Book Madness Website starting February 13th, through the end of the week. Once we have all the nominations, we will post the books in the brackets. We will notify you on voting days, and the kids can select their choices to move to the next round. There will be a physical bracket outside the library, as well.

Voting will begin the first week of March, with kids voting once a week, until Spring Break. We will leave for break without the final vote so that students can read the two finalists over break if they choose.

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New Maker Space

imagesBack by popular demand, our maker space project for the month of February will be DIY a graphic novel! Students may choose from several different templates to create their own graphic novel, or use the Book Creator app on their iPad to create a comic.

Graphic novels have been making their way into libraries and classrooms as educators see their ability to reach reluctant and struggling readers, as well as challenge advanced readers with complex plots and images. In recognition of this powerful tool, and to support students’ visual literacy skills, I have been adding many titles to our graphic novel collection. To learn more about the educational power of graphic novels, check out this article from Scholastic, this list of resources from Edutopia, or follow my Teaching with Graphic Novels Pinterest page.

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Youth Media Award Winners Announced!

516cbhfx4ul-_sy346_All the big book award winners were announced Monday morning from the American Library Association Mid Winter Conference and I am SO excited! And the winners were …

Pictured here: the 2017 Newbery Winner, The Girl Who Drank the Moon. To see the full list of award winners see here.

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News for Week 22: 1/16 – 1/20/17

News for Week 22: 1/16 – 1/20/17

We are in the final stretch for the IL Readers’ Choice Awards!  1st and 2nd graders are reading off of the Monarch award list, 3rd & 4th are reading off of the Bluestem list, and 5th graders are reading from the Rebecca Caudill list.

Last week 5th graders received a surprise visit in library from their future librarian at Maple!  Mrs. Kauth was kind enough to talk to each 5th grade class about the Caudill awards, and she fielded questions from the students about the Maple Library and the school in general.

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Happy New Year!

f308f345a0f05f212f399a6444d6fc30Happy 2017!  To kick of January, we have a new maker space in the library.  Students are invited to cut out a snow person pattern and decorate him/her.

We’d love to display the snow people in the library this month, and we will return the creations to the students at the beginning of February.

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Learning to Code with Ozobots

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-11-58-42-amNews for Week 17: 12/12 – 12/16/16

This week in library 5th grade students are learning to code with Ozobots.  These tiny little robots respond to colored sequences.  Students are experimenting with drawing different sequences to try to get the robot to go where they want it to go!  (Image from http://ozobot.com/)

 

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New Maker Space – Celebrate the Hour of Code Dec 5-9

hour of code copyNew Maker Space – Celebrate the Hour of Code Dec 5-9

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. It is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code, encourage computational thinking, and show that anybody can learn the basics. You don’t even need a device to participate!  Code.org offers some awesome tutorials – Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, and more! Check out this video to learn more.

We will have a coordinating activity in our Maker Space to celebrate.  Students will be translating their initials into binary, then making a locker/desk decoration.

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