Prior to our holiday break, Passion City Church, which is located in Atlanta, GA, donated over 400 books to our school! There were enough books for each student in our school to choose one book to keep. The books arrived boxed and grouped by grade level. There were approximately four titles for each grade level. We are so thankful to Passion City Church for thinking of our school and for arranging such a wonderful book drive for our students!
During the week of December 4th, Argyle students had the opportunity to participate in an Hour of Code in the media center. This was a wonderful opportunity for all students in grades K-5 to get an introduction to coding and actually program a game rather than just play it. Some of the programs that they coded were Flappy, Google doodle designs, and CodeSpark. It was so exciting to see the students really get involved in their programs. Some students commented "This is hard!", and I reminded them that it was just a new challenge. I was so proud of every student that participated, because none of them gave up. Some even became little experts and helped their classmates when they were unable to figure out a problem. Every student that participated received a certificate. I am looking forward to hosting this event again next year!
This 9 weeks, 1st grade is focusing on informational writing. Their objective is to write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide a sense of closure. In order to prepare them for this, I have introduced them to the Super 3 steps in research. The Super 3 consists of three research steps: Plan, Do, and Review. Once the students had gotten to know the Super 3 and we had practiced together in PebbleGo Animals, they were ready to start their research. The students opened PebbleGo Animals and chose the animal that they wanted to learn more about. Using the questions on their graphic organizers to guide their research, they read through the article about their chosen animal, and recorded the important facts. The next step will be for students to use their research to begin their informational writing. I am looking forward to seeing their final work. Here are some pictures of our junior researchers in action!
Ms. Gadson's 5th grade class was recently in the media center, and I caught a few of her students relaxing and enjoying some of the latest books that were added to our collection. It looks as though our newest books are a big hit!
Every Tuesday morning, our maker's club meets in the media center. These students have the opportunity to use Kano computers to code programs like art and light. They also have the freedom to code Sphero computer using the iPad, as well as build circuits. I love seeing them challenge themselves to figure out something new, and I relish the opportunity to help them determine why their code is not working. See our future programmers below.
It's that time of the school year when students are getting involved in research. I love having the opportunity to introduce students to research, because it is such an important skill that they will need to use throughout so many aspects of their lives- not just in school. This year, I am focusing on teaching the Big6 Research Skills to our 3rd - 5th grade students, and the Super3 Research Skills to our K-2nd students.
I really appreciate how the Big6 helps break the research process down and enables students to determine a focus for their research before they ever go to Destiny (our online catalog) to look for a book or to Cobb Digital Library to search for online resources. I have learned in the past that many students are quite capable of searching for sources for their research without very much assistance. The problems seem to arise when they have found their sources and they are attempting to find the information that will address their research topics. This is Step 4 of the Big6, and this is the step that I am concentrating on with our students right now. As we focus on Step 4, we will work on skimming and scanning, determining important information, taking notes, and citing sources.
I am thrilled that we have started our research lessons, and I am eager to see what our students produce as a result of their research.
This week, students at Argyle have visited our Wild West Book Fair so that they can "saddle up and read" a few good books. Students have enjoyed visiting the book fair and shopping for books, along with fun items such as posters, bookmarks, and creative fun kits. The excitement that they display when the book fair is here is contagious! I find myself browsing the books and shopping for stories that I can add to my read-aloud collection. Here are pictures of some of our enthusiastic shoppers.
Saddle up and visit our fall book fair Oct. 16th - Oct. 20th! We will have popular titles such as Lego Ninjago, Dog Man, Pete the Cat, Owl Diaries, Goosebumps, and Star Wars Jedi Academy.
Come and Shop: October 16th – October 20th
The schedule for morning shopping (7:15 AM – 8:00 AM):
**Unless student is with a parent. Students with a parent may shop any morning.**
Online Book Fair
If you are unable to visit our book fair in person, you can shop the fair online. Our online book fair will be available from Oct. 8 - Oct. 21st. Any orders placed online will ship directly to our school and be given to your student.
I love new technology, but I really love to see what our students can do with new technology. Look at the photos below of students using Makey Makey and Little Bits to build and create.
On August 25th, the Georgia Dept. of Education broadcast a livestream of author Carmen Agra Deedy reading one of her books. Ms. Deedy read Martina the Beautiful Cockroach. Before she began reading, Ms. Deedy took some time to tell the students a little bit about herself.
I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to share this broadcast with our students and hear it myself. I am hoping that the Georgia Department of Education will share more author livestreams in the future.
If you did not have an opportunity to watch the live broadcast, please click this link to watch the recording of it. gadoe.org/carmen