Marble Run Challenge

This week we started a new challenge on our Lego Wall.  The challenge: Can we build a marble run that actually works? Students in grades 1-6 have contributed to the marble run so far, and are learning what works and what doesn’t work. The biggest challenge they’ve run into is keeping the marble from falling off the wall. So far they have tried making barricades to keep the marble on track and special “covers” of Legos.  Here’s grade three at work at the end of our library class today.

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Makey Makey Group Coming This November

We were fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Lighthouse Fund for the school library this year.  The grant purchased 8 Makey Makey kits and supplies for an after school program.  What is Makey Makey? Basically, it is a small programming board that connects to a computer and allows you to turn everyday objects into computer keys.  Think of what an online game might look like if you used Play-doh as your left/right arrow keys, or if you turned bananas into an online piano.  Check out a video from Makey Makey that shows some of the projects you can try.  Do you have any ideas?  Write them in the comments below!  Look for a permission slip to go home this Friday (October 23).  The group will meet from 3-4 p.m. in the school library on Mondays in November and December and is for students in grades 4-6.  Come join us!

Makey Makey in action!

Makey Makey in action!

October in the Library

The first seven weeks of school have just flown by.  Each grade has had a different focus during Library class. Sixth grade has been working on selecting both fiction and nonfiction titles of personal interest, while also discussing what it means to have a “Digital Life.” Fifth grade is currently working on creating a digital dictionary of important vocabulary words related to technology and the Internet. (Stay tuned to see the finished products…)  Fourth grade has been focusing on the differences between fiction and nonfiction, and learning that they are kept in separate areas of the Library.  Third grade has been working on expectations during book selection time, as well as discovering the fiction genre in the Library.  Grade two is completing a unit on fractured folk tales/fairy tales, while first grade spent several weeks learning about Simms Taback.  Kindergarten took home their fifth blue bag today which means that next week they will be able to select a book all by themselves to bring home!  How exciting!  Have a great weekend and enjoy your library books.

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