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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Book Fair this Week!

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News for Week 13: 11/14 – 11/18/16

The PTO Scholastic Book Fair is this week in the library!  Part of the proceeds from the book fair benefit the PTO and help add wonderful books to our library collection.  Please stop by to shop!

Book Fair hours:

  • Wednesday, Nov 18  – 9am-4:15pm
  • Thursday, Nov 19 –  8:45am-3pm, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Friday, Nov 20 – 8:30-9:30am

Hope to see you there!

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Remembering Our Veterans

img_1260News for Week 12: 11/7 – 11/11/16

This week in library we are honoring Veterans Day through stories and letters.  1st graders are reading Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle by Brian Dennis & Mary Nether.  2nd graders are reading The Wall by Eve Bunting (a fiction book) and comparing it to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (a nonfiction book).  5th graders are playing history detective while doing a primary source analysis of photos from the Rebecca Caudill book The Port Chicago 50.

This is a big week for 3rd graders!  They are embarking upon their American Indian research projects!  Students are being introduced to the tribes they will research, and they are making notes on their tribes.  Students are using the PebbleGo Next database on their iPads to find accurate information about their tribes.  4th graders are continuing to work on their Illinois state research.  They are finishing up making notes, and they are starting the scripts for their Shadow Puppets final projects.

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Off to the ISLMA Conference!

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-10-10-04-amNews for Week 11: 10/31/16 – 11/4/16

I am off to the Illinois School Library Media Conference this week Thursday & Friday !  I am SUPER excited to bring back what I learn to D30 and implement some new strategies in the Wescott Library!

A sub will be in the library to read and discuss Monarch award books with grades 1st & 2nd, to guide students in grades 3rd-4th as they work on research, and teach 5th grade students how to safely share their work using the Seesaw app.

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Happy Halloween!

halloween-clipart-disney-halloween-clip-art-6News for Week 10: 10/24- 10/28/16

This week in library most classes are hearing Halloween related stories.  1st graders are reading the Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson and talking about the rhyme and repetition in the story.  2nd graders are reading Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and talking about characters, setting, problem and solution, as well as mood and tone. Students will be asked to figure out the problem and solution from the different character’s point of view.

3rd graders are listening to me read Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe, and practicing the reading strategy of evoking images while they listen.  In preparation for their upcoming Illinois research project for Social Studies, 4th graders are learning how to cite a book using EasyBib. (They may find that our practice books are Halloween realted!)   5th graders will get an introduction to primary vs. secondary resources by reading Aliens Are Coming!: The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast by M McCarthy and hearing the original War of the Worlds radio broadcast.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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Thank you Kristi Yamaguchi!

Thank you to Kristi Yamaguchi and The Book Stall for a wonderful author visit for 1st and 2nd graders yesterday!  Students enjoyed hearing Kristi read her latest book, Cara’s Kindness, which is all about being kind.  The story tied in perfectly to the new Wescott Way – Be Safe, Be Caring, Be Here & Ready!  Kristi signed books that were ordered by students and staff, and posed for photos with staff members after school.

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UPDATE on Kristi Yamaguchi Author Visit

aeccbd21d74fdaf2cc2a2e36b3549872The Book Stall is sending Olympic Champion, Dancing with the Stars Champion, and Author Kristi Yamaguchi to Wescott on 10/18 at 2:15 pm to present to 1st & 2nd grade students in the gym.

The Book Stall is sending the author FREE OF CHARGE, which is wonderful!  Students may purchase autographed books from The Book Stall.  Order forms for autographed books are going home with 1st and 2nd grade students, and are due NO LATER THAN FRIDAY 10/14.   Prices reflect a 10% discount and tax.  

Contact Librarian Margaret Janavicius with questions mjanavicius@district30.org.

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BIG NEWS!!! Olympic Champion and Author Kristi Yamaguchi Is Visiting Wescott on 10/18

aeccbd21d74fdaf2cc2a2e36b3549872The Book Stall is sending Olympic Champion, Dancing with the Stars Champion, and Author Kristi Yamaguchi to Wescott on 10/18 at 2:15 pm to present to 1st & 2nd grade students in the gym.

I will be reading her books in library over the next few weeks and prepping 1st and 2nd grade students for the visit. Dream Big, Little Pig is all about having a growth mindset, and It’s a Big World, Little Pig is about celebrating diversity. Both of these topics are quite relevant for our students! Order forms will be going home soon for autographed books. Stayed tuned for more info …

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