PokemonGO in the library

Hi y’all –

First, know this: this whole post is a test/draft.  With the popularity of Pokemon Go, I’m attempting to integrate it into a review of our library space and collection locations. It’s an idea that’s been knocking around for a bit, and with some inspiration from Gwyneth Jones and district colleagues, this is the result.

How to integrate? First, we needed the Pokemon to literally “be” in the library.  Some quick snaps of our space with layering of text/images using Publisher (where the pieces where grouped together and saved as a .jpg), and this is the result:

Do you see the Pokemon?! I AM DYING FROM CUTENESS!  They’re in our library! And, if this works, this should be super-fun…and a great review!

The links to said pics will be turned into QR codes. (or so I hope!)  UPDATE: IT WORKS! Using the unique web address of the pic, this is what each QR code looks like when printed out on a 3×3 grid.

The QR codes will be printed off and placed around our room. Kids will have a paper scavenger hunt and, using iPads, will wander the room looking for the space that answers each clue, which will have a QR code.  Scanning the correct QR code will bring up a new Pokemon.  My fingers are crossed the tech will work with the students.

The number 1 thing needed to make this happen: a web address for each QR code. Hence, this post with the photos of our library (with Pokemon added, of course!).

Wish me luck!

UPDATE: The hunt happened! One of the 3 2nd grade classes had their weekly library class  (40min). After giving directions, modeling an example, reviewing partners (their Turn & Talk partner from last week) and partner expectations (taking turns scanning/writing), they were off.

And WOW! Were they investigating the library like they’d never done before!  So many didn’t know we had magazines. There were students who thought books were turned in on the counter. And our new signs showcasing areas of nonfiction had yet to be noticed. This hunt/game reviewed and taught!

After 20 minutes of hunting – which was enough time for most students to complete the activity – we came back together and reviewed the Pokemon found in each location. This gave me a chance to answer any questions students had about places, spaces, or concepts.

 the 2nd graders need a more streamlined “hunt” with less clues and more literal “go here” direction.  I realized that they didn’t know our library HAD certain places, so a clue wasn’t relevant to their understanding.  For example, not one group could solve the magazine clue, and a few others were frustrating (renewing books, turning in books).  The clues would work great for grades 3/4.   given last week, the first time they came to library).  With exactly 20 students in 2nd grade classes and 10 iPads, the tech to student ration was perfect.  I will try a new hunt with the other 2 2nd grade classes and reflect on that afterwards.

With much larger 1st grade classes, the activity needs to be further streamlined and postponed for a few weeks while we procure more iPads (sharing 3:1 wouldn’t be successful in this age/grade) and further teach/review expected behaviors in library and school (needed for this particular group). Given that my job-split partner teaches all 3rd/4th grades, they could do the original hunt as given, possibly with extension (which spaces should have clues, and what are the clues?)

Here is a link to the PDF of the 2 different hunts: one for upper elementary, one for lower elementary. Grade 1 isn’t done yet, but will likely be in a BINGO or “circle the Pokemon found” format.  pokemon-go-scavenger-hunt

Yes. I like Pokemon, too. My kids and I spend time walking, hunting, talking, math-ing (a new thing…trust me) and connecting over Pokemon. My goal was to invigorate student interest in the library and to review/teach what the library space has to offer our elementary children. Based on what one class of students said and showed, I think it was a resounding success.


Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading series

The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat & We Are Growing by Laurie Keller

Elephant and Piggie are back, introducing each offering in their new series for emerging readers. In Santat’s The Cookie Fiasco, four friends are tasked with sharing three cookies.  Fairness and sharing are the stars of this, as is the spectacled squirrel who shouts, “We need equal cookies for all!” But sharing three cookies is harder than it looks, especially when hippo accidentally breaks the cookies when she’s nervous. In Keller’s “We Are Growing”, blades of grass celebrate being the tallest, the curliest, and the silliest. But one blade thinks he’s is nothing special, until his friends help him realize his strengths.   Releases 09.20.16. (Ages 4+)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

Jacky Ha-Ha by Patterson & Grabenstein

Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

With six sisters, a mom serving in Operation Desert Shield overseas, and a busy lifeguard dad, Jacky is desperate for attention. But when the spotlight turns on her, her stutter takes over (hence the Ha-Ha).  To deflect from her anger, she uses sharp jokes, goofy pranks, and has an overall daredevil attitude. But a caring teacher persuades Jacky to take theatre over a month of detention, changing the course of her life forever. A novel introduced by a successful adult Jacky looking back on her youth.  (Ages 8-12)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.


Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead

Ideas are all Around by Philip C. Stead

Philip Stead takes readers on a first-person narrative on how ideas and inspiration surround us. Walking with his dog, talking with friends, observing animals, this quiet story (autobiography?) resonates with wonder and appreciation for the beauty of the natural world. Perfect for upper elementary students in need of writing inspiration.  (Ages 7+)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

A Hungry Lion… by Lucy Ruth Cummins

A Hungry Lion…or a dwindling assortment of animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Once upon a time, there were numerous animals, including a hungry lion. With the help of the animals, the lion finds something to eat…but it’s not what you expect. Darkly humorous with many opportunities to infer and predict, this has read-aloud appeal for all ages. (Ages 5+)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson

The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson

After an ingenious escape from his locked cage, GW the hamster makes tracks to find – and free – his friends and fellow class pets Biter the guinea pig and Barry the rabbit. Reunited and ready to flee, GW and pals realize that they aren’t the only ones in the building…and like at school, seniority rules. A graphic novel for emerging and transitioning readers. (Ages 6-9)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.

Game Changer by John Coy

Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game by John Coy

Duke University is known as a college basketball powerhouse. But in the 1940’s, the all-white team secretly – and illegally – met to play the North Carolina College of Negros in the first non-segregated basketball game.  An important and true story on the need for inclusivity, understanding, and acceptance. (Ages 7+)

One of the titles shared at Build a Better Collection, part of PSESD’s 2016 T-L Summit.