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Fun with Hair

Posted in apps, picture book lesson, and second grade

Second graders had fun discussing hair in the Jackson Library after reading the Bluebonnet book, Crown. We discussed the vocabulary and main ideas in the story; from the history of the do-rag/durag  to the theme of confidence. Then we discussed confidence and what that has to do with getting a haircut. Some kids created hair-dos using Toca Hair Salon during check out.

 

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Carol Hurst Book Guide
Crown lesson

Derrick Barnes

Crown Act

Toca Hair Salon
toca hair salon app

Catchy Words Spelling AR

Posted in apps, augmented reality, fun events, games, second grade, and spelling

First and second graders had fun on Digital Learning Day today in the Jackson Library! They used a new app to play a spelling game called Catchy Words. They have to find the letters in augmented reality, ‘catch’ them with an iPad, and place the letters in boxes to spell a mystery word. We watched Kirsten Hood‘s video to see how to do it. Fun!

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App Review


catchy words app

 

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Kirsten Hood- Catchy how to

 

 

Taking Surveys

Posted in first grade, math, and picture book lesson

First graders in the Jackson Library learned how to take surveys after reading Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin.   After reading the story, the kids asked each other about favorite ice cream flavors and marked it on their paper using tally marks. Then we used Jersey Teacher’s Ice Cream pictograph sheet (TPT) to draw representations of the data. Finally, they listened to Groovy Joe songs during check out. Who knew graphing data could be so much fun in the library?

1st surveys

 

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Groovy Joe site
Groovy Joe site

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ice cream graphing activity TPT
Jersey Teacher Ice cream graphing activity on TPT

Learning About Mae Jemison

Posted in first grade, and holiday

Last week in the Jackson Library, first graders learned about Mae Jemison from the book, Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed. I like how it is a biography written like a narrative for the younger reader. It talks about not letting anyone deter you from reaching your goals and dreaming big dreams. After the story, the kids put together a little booklet about Mae’d accomplishments (from The Mailbox). Follow Roda here!  #BlackHistoryMonth

 

Mae Among the Stars
Review

Mae Among the Stars Lesson

Mae AMong the Stars YouTube

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Little Booklet
Roda Ahmed
Photo credit Todd Overman

 

Roda’s Website

Roda Ahmed, author

Pre-K Black History Month Sing Along

Posted in bilingual, holiday, Pre-K, and Social Studies

Pre-K created an African American musician “quilt” in the Jackson Library! As they worked, we talked about Nina Simone and played her “I’m Feeling Good” song. Then we used Liz Buchanan‘s primary version of the song as a chant for the kids to sing the “I’m Feeling Good” lyric at the end of each line while they worked. Fun! Thanks to Liz for adapting the song (linked below) to make it choral for Pre-K! They sang ‘I’m feeling good’ for the second part of each verse. The kids loved it. I found a Spanish version of the original song for the bilingual Pre-K class to sing.  I have a note to purchase the Nina Simone: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist book for next year!

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nina simone lesson

Nina Simone redeaux

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Nina Simone – Wikimedia Commons

Nina Simone Lesson PK

Spanish -Y me siento bien

I'm Feeling Good in Spa
Spanish version

Quilt Square Pattern for Musicians Quilt 

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Afr Amer Entertainers PK quilt

Nina Simone book
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4th Grade Fenway and Hattie Book Club

Posted in book clubs, fourth grade, games, and reading skills

The fourth grade Fenway and Hattie book club met today during lunch and played fun games about the book! First, we played a Quizizz game to review the middle chapters. Then the kids solved a crossword puzzle and played a fun computer mystery game created by the author, Victoria Coe! I’m  setting up a fun Breakout EDU game for next week!

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Quizizz for part 2

Try to figure out the password for the secret page

Fenway and Hattie game

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Spelling Our Names with Osmo

Posted in games, and kindergarten

Kindergarten enrichment loves our new @playosmo game! When I was at Ogle, I took photographs of the kindergarteners and uploaded their names into Osmo Words in my online account. Then they play in ‘Versus’ mode (pairs) to see who can earn the most points for correct letters to spell the person’s name. The part the kids enjoy the most is calling over the person whose picture is displayed and getting ‘expert’ help. Fun!

 

How to upload your own album: https://my.playosmo.com/words/help

Spanish resources

Osmo Words Help

 

Osmo names

 

 

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