Friday, October 28, 2011

Hey, Dryden Dolphins!

Tell us about a good book you have read lately! Click on "Comments" below and type in the name of the book you liked and a little bit about the story!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wrap up time

Fifth grade, second grade and multiage students have been wrapping up projects that they have been working on in the LMC. Fifth grade students are largely finished with their American Revolution projects where they researched and reported on the two perspectives on the events leading to the Revolution - colonists and British. Students created Perspective Cards (artwork), Flipbooks (2 stories each from a different perspective), and Poems/Songs for 2 voices. All of the final projects were required to include facts they found in their research as well as both perspectives. Students have been sharing their work with one another and showcasing what they have learned about the event they researched from both perspectives.
Second grade and multiage students finished their work on researching the history of an Arlington Heights landmark. They completed their artwork and recorded their facts in a podcast using Garageband. We will compile their projects into a slideshow that we will share with the classes. This week, they are learning about the Dryden Dolphin Book Award program and how to use the blog to let us know that they've read a nominated book.
Third grade students researched a prairie animal last week and this week will write a paragraph about their animal and create a slide about it. Great writing and typing practice!
Fourth grade students are learning about how to design an efficient Google search and have been practicing using Google Bingo created in and accessed through Google Docs.
First grade students enjoyed Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems and had fun in the lab creating autobiographies last week. This week, we are sharing Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein and they are figuring out what the chicken will have to say about The 3 Little Pigs.
Kindergarten students are having a great time with There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams. They are using Pixie software to create their own version of There Was A Library Ladybug Who Swallowed A... where they get to fill in the blank.
Be sure to ask your students to tell you about their work!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Busy week in the LMC

Though it was a short week, students were busy in our LMC. Fifth graders wrapped up their American Revolution research and started to synthesize their notes to create their final projects. They will showcase their learning about one event that led to the Revolution from two perspectives - the colonists' perspective and the British perspective by creating a flip book, a poem/song for two voices, or four perspective cards. We expect great work from our students who have worked hard to find the facts about the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Stamp Act, the Intolerable Acts, and the Proclamation of 1763 using online and print resources.
Our fourth and fifth grade students have been learning about the Research Question of the Week, book trailers, as well as the Dryden Dolphin Book Award Nominees. Third grade students also learned about the Dryden Dolphin books last week and all have been enthusiastically checking out the books!
This week, third graders were in the lab creating password lists for themselves in Google Docs. These will come in handy as they work online in the classroom and in the lab using computers or iPads. Great practice with usernames and passwords!
Second grade students began a project combining research about the history of Arlington Heights and art. Last week, local artist Jack Musich visited Dryden and spoke to our 2nd grade and multiage classes, telling students about his process of researching the history of a building or landmark in Arlington Heights before creating his artwork. This week, students did their own research on a site in town and next week they will begin working on their drawing of the site. We will save their artwork electronically and they will record the facts they learned as a podcast. Can't wait to see their creativity at work!
First graders heard the story, The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and learned some facts about spiders through non-fiction books and poetry. Then they used Pixie software to draw their own spiders and type a fact they learned.
Kindergarten students learned about Christopher Columbus through a song and the story, In 1492 by Jean Marzollo. They had a great time in the lab practicing mouse and keyboarding skills with Kid Keys software and Keystone the Dragon.
As I said, a busy four day week in our library! Have a great long weekend!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Our fifth grade students have started their American Revolution research projects. We have designed this project to fulfill many of the learning standards associated with Social Studies, Technology, and LMC and we're looking forward to seeing some great learning by the fifth graders!

The project will encompass several events or acts that led to the American Revolution. Students will work in groups to research the event or act and will also focus on the perspectives of the Colonists and the British and how they might be the same or different. Students will use pre-selected websites, print materials, and the internet to do their research.
Once they are finished with their research, students will choose a final product to showcase their learning. They will then present to the class.We're looking forward to some in depth research as well as a collection of creative and informative American Revolution projects!To visit our wiki, go to: