This school year, some of our 3rd grade students have had the wonderful opportunity to spend lunch with Ms. Puckett, our librarian from the Vinings branch of the Cobb County Public Library. These students have the opportunity to eat lunch in the learning commons while they enjoy a story read by Ms. Puckett. What a treat!
Coding Club students have had the opportunity to explore programming and engineering through a variety of avenues. They have worked in their accounts in code.org and BrainPOP, and they have also explored through Minecraft, LittleBits, Bloxels, and Sphero. I am so proud of the progress that my coding students have made!
Argyle students recently enjoyed a visit with our Ms. Puckett, our librarian from the Vinings branch of the Cobb County Public Library. Ms. Puckett talked to the students about the upcoming summer reading program, and students were amazed to hear about all of the exciting events that they would be able to take part in, starting with the summer reading kick-off party on May 25th. I am encouraging all of our students to participate and read as much as they can this summer!
It has been a while since I posted any pictures or updates on what has happened the library. Click through the slide show below to see some of the fun activities that we have had.
Hour of Code
Book Character Parade
Passion City Church Book Donation
This is Black History Month, and I am challenging all of our 2nd - 5th grade students to participate in our Black History Month Reading Challenge. All you have to do is read at least one book that was written by an African American author or a biography about an African American. This could be an athlete, an educator, a politician, or an entertainer. Once you have read your book, log into Biblionasium to log your book and complete the challenge.
If you are not sure how to access Biblionasium, I have linked a tutorial below. Happy Reading!!
The Cobb County Public Library system has partnered with Cobb County Public Schools and Marietta City Schools to make sure that all students have access to all of the wonderful resources that are available at the public library, including their digital resources.
Now, your student number (the same as your lunch number) will serve as your library card number. With this, you can check out up to 5 books at the library, and you can access digital resources from any place that you have an Internet connection. To open digital resources, you will need to enter a PIN, which your birth month and day. For example, if your birthday is May 1st, your PIN is 0501.
To go directly to the Cobb County Library PASS page for elementary students, click this link.
Click the link below to watch a commercial about the Library PASS program:
Our character parade will be next Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 1:15 PM.
Students, choose your favorite character from one of your favorite books and come to school dressed as that character. Have you decided who you will be?
Remember, no Halloween costumes allowed, so be creative! I can't wait to see what characters will be in our parade!
This week our kindergarten students learned about the computer mouse, what it is used for, and how to hold it. We went to Paint, and they created pictures. This was an excellent opportunity for students to practice clicking and dragging the mouse. I was very impressed with how quickly the students figured out how to use Paint to create pictures. I was planning to do a demonstration on the Simplicity Touch screen, but before I had an opportunity, they were already busy creating their works of art. Here are pictures of our little technology artists in action.
Kindergarten and first grade students enjoyed the same read-aloud this week: Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg. This is one of my favorite read-alouds, because I think that we can all relate to the way that poor Stanley feels when he arrives at school all ready for Crazy Hair Day, only to discover that Crazy Hair Day is not until the following week. Oh, no. What will Stanley do? This is a great story for inferencing, as well as retelling by using only the pictures. In addition, it is a great lesson for students on how to be a good friend to someone who may not be having the best day.
2nd grade students enjoyed another fractured fairy tale. This week, we read Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz. This is a fun spin on the beloved classic, with a lot of ninja action included. The students enjoyed comparing and contrasting this story with the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood.
5th grade students continued their research lesson. This week, our focus was on taking notes using the Trash and Treasure method. The students had an opportunity to work in groups of two and read a short database article on the Spanish American War. They underlined important words as they read. The focus was on finding information that would answer the Five W's: what, where, when, why, and who.
Kindergarten through second grade students enjoyed read-alouds in the Learning Commons last week and this week.
Kindergarten students listened to Knuffle Bunny and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. We talked about the roles of the author and the illustrator in creating a book and how the pictures help us understand so many things about the story, such as how the characters are feeling and what the characters are doing.
1st grade students listened to This is Not My Hat and Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type. Our focus for both stories was on inferencing. The students used context clues to determine what happened at points in the story when the author did not explicitly write it.
2nd grade students enjoyed A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale and Adelita: a Mexican Cinderella. We compared and contrasted Adelita to the Disney version of Cinderella that so many students are familiar with. A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale featured a few different classic fairy tales, but each had been fractured in a different way. The story was very engaging, and the students enjoyed hearing the different versions of classic fairy tales.
5th Grade students visited to learn how to access their Office 365 accounts. One of our 5th grade classes also began a research lesson on good, reliable print and Internet sources.