What a month we’ve been having! I promised students that we would work with our robots – Dash and Beebots – before this year’s Hour of Code. We’ve spent the past few weeks in November doing just that. Check out links to some video footage on my Twitter page! I’ll post a few here for you to see, too.
Other classes have been trying new digital tools like Buncee, Endless ABC, and Blockly. Here are a few projects from this week.
Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to read something amazing over the long weekend!
We have some exciting activities happening in our library classes this week! Grade 5 is in the midst of a “Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” challenge. Groups are working together to solve riddles in each of the nonfiction sections. Will they find all of the clues?? Maybe you can help them with one or two. They are also excited because we will be having a Skype visit with author Chris Grabenstein in February!!
Kindergarten read The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone this week. They tried to build a bridge for the goats to cross (safely!) out of Legos and K’Nex.
Second grade has been talking about different versions of traditional stories. Last week’s story was The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall. We compared it to The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. Their activity was to build a better home for the unfortunate (depending on your point of view) first and second little pigs. These homes were my favorite! One has a “barricade” so that the wolf can’t get through, built by these gentlemen, and one is on wheels “so it will just blow away when the wolf comes.” Great builds, guys!
It’s the time of year when we are talking about the nonfiction side of our library. We have so many awesome choices in our collection! Students in grade 4 got to rap along with librarian Mr. Scooter Hayes (from Wilmington, North Carolina) as they remembered the different categories of our collection. What’s your favorite section?
This week is national Banned Books Week. With some of our library classes we talked about why books are banned. Students were shocked to hear that Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, Junie B. Jones, and The Giver are some of the most frequently banned books! We are very lucky to have so many options for our reading enjoyment at Sippican. Have you read a banned book? Which one is your favorite?