Friday, April 27, 2012

On to the Caldecott Challenge rewards

              The Caldecott reading challenge is at the end. Now we begin the quest to prepare for the rewards and the parties.  The first step is checking what the kids have read and how many they have read. That to me is the hardest part- next year I am going to devise a way to make the checking easier! I am not sure how- but there has to be a better way
               Then we will set the date for the popcorn and pizza parties  for the classes who  earned them by reading. I also have to figure out  who gets the prizes and what exactly they will. I will be looking in my goodie bags of prizes to see what else I need.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Beginning Chapter- The Organized Librarian

  Begin to Organize


 As   Librarians we have great jobs, working with patrons (adults or students) to help them find books to read for pleasure ,or information.  With today’s technology, we also need to be able to help patrons with current electronic resources to complete work projects or finish assignments.

Librarians  have a lot to do to maintain their libraries and the resources in them. We want patrons to get the books that they want or the information they need.  Getting everything done seems almost impossible.  Organizing each day and week will help librarians accomplish what needs to be done to sustain the library programs and resources

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Battle of the Books- on to round two

  Our first round of the Battle of the Books was held in the beginning of April. Now I am planning the second round.  I have to check with my Administration to see what would be appropriate date and time. Usually we have an assembly with grades 3-6 attending.   My vice principal and I have to discuss if we want to do that again this year.  Then it finalizing the prizes- One of my teams wanted to know if the first place team could pick their prize- something to think about!  The kids are still reading and re- reading the list of books.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A great website for 4th & 5th Grades

 Here is a link to a website designed for students in 4th and 5th grade who are learning about plants. Students read and look for clues, do experiments, and solve problems while learning about plants. It is a fun learning experience! Have your students check this out!

Great Plant Escape

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Borrowing Books on my Tablet!

It our Easter / Spring break ! Back in November I got a Pandigital Tablet which is really cool !  It can do a bunch of things- surf the web, buy and read books/ samples from Barnes & Noble, games, photos, facebook.
But just this week I finally figured out how to borrow books from my one local library!  That is really Cool!!
Anyway  first I had to download Adobe reader. Then I downloaded the Freading app.  The books are listed there and I have three weeks to read them and then they disappear. You can renew them if need be.
  Now all I have to do is figure out how to borrow from my other local Library- ( That is the advantage of living on the border close to two states)I think it is the same deal but for some reason I can't log in.  I am actually reading Adult books over this break. Not to worry - I 'll be back to my favorite- children and tweens come next week when we go back to school.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Round 1 - Battle of the Books!

 Yesterday ( April 4th) we held our first round of the Battle of the Books! The students had fun- you should have heard the yeah's  and hurray's each time the teams got the answer right! Now on to the second round! Students had team posters that some of them spent a lot of time on. Here is a photo from the 6th grade team who came in first in their round.