New year means new happenings in the library! Here’s some of what’s going on:
MAKERSPACES & LEARNING STATIONS
Right now, there are in-class learning stations (Would You Rather?, Keep Calm and Learn Something New, I Spy) and recess/lunch Makerspace stations (the above, with Listen Up (not Maker, but fun), Lego, Origami). More are coming, including Block Building and Post-It Up (see below).
The Makerspace open times are posted each day in the hall on a rolling white board. So far, it’s slow but growing steadily (rainy day recesses will do that!). A huge shout-out to Mrs. Yusko in Hawaii for sharing how she makers with her elementary students. You inspired me!
Pinterest success story: the Post-It Heart display. Cheap, easy, insanely popular. Teachers & students have written a book they ♥ on a post-it (on the inside windows). It garners much attention from students (especially grades 2-5) during class time. And yes, it’s unfinished. After running out of yellow notes on a late Friday afternoon, I was too lazy to get more…then decided I liked it. The not-quite-perfect display is eye-catching! Also: designing the next Post-It window will be a Maker station!
Award-winning graphic novelist and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi is coming March 3, 2016! Students in grades 3, 4, 5 have an hour presentation, and 20 students will be attending a graphic novel workshop led by Kazu. In three words: This. Is. HUGE!
Author/illustrator John Himmelman is Skyping with all 2nd graders in mid-March! We – the students and I – are huge fans of Bunjitsu Bunny. The opportunity to ask John questions about a favorite new book series is sure to be fantastic!
TOURNAMENT OF BOOKS
It’s coming, starting March 7, 2016! This year, 5th grade Lunch & Listen students helped create the ToB brackets (picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, graphic novels) and select the titles. Read about how we hold our Tournament of Books here.