In the Libratory — November 2022
Dinosaurs Rock Week
You can access my Bitmoji Library and Makerspace Resources here in my Dino Wakelet Collection : https://wke.lt/w/s/zZWlod
Weeks 3-4: Dinosaurs Rock! Week Lessons & Resources (I used and modified this for all grades K-5. I have a wacky A/B schedule where I see them all for 45 minutes face-to-face twice one week, and then I see them same time only once a week on the second week. I change things up for K and 5th. I do more movement for Kinder, and more higher level projects with 5th.)
Hi, there Parents & Teacher Friends --
We just finished up two weeks of "Dinosaurs Rock!" in the Libratory. A fun time was had by one and all! I put together the Dino Library on a whim, so teachers, you might want to replace some of those links with your own publisher-approved read alouds, or insert your own. I did a few book talks instead of actual read alouds for the chapter books I put on the shelf. I did this for my 4th/5th graders. My “must-do” read alouds were both of the Dino books by Ryan Higgins and How to Catch a Dinosaur by Adam Wallace. I pre-record my read alouds so they can see them on the screen since we’re so spread out in the space. They color a dino sheet while they watch -- if they would like. Everything else was up to them to read on their own at their leisure.
As far as STEM/STEAM/Makerspace work: I got the STEAM Room template from Casey Verdugo at First Grade Creative so you can copy it and give her credit, and I changed it up to suit my Dinosaur-themed needs. I also had them do a Dino Makerspace hands-on project -- They made Dino Traps. Kinder out of Marshmallow and Straws, 1-2nd out of Lego, and 3-5th out of recycled materials. They did it as a partner build. It was my first hands-on projects of the year. I was nervous, but it worked out just fine. I threw all the recycled material projects away that they didn’t take home, I sterilized legos and sent marshmallow projects in brown bags with kinders. They wash hands before and after builds, which is our district’s expectation about sharing manipulatives. Not too rigorous here, but then again, our cases in Grand Junction, CO are pretty low.
Learning Targets/Skills: I taught SEL about Facing Our Fears. (You can see the video clips I used on the digital white board) I also implemented a new Call Out/Call Back that went like this; “When I say Dino, you say RAWR! Dino -- RAWR! Dino--RAWR!” And they would stand up and roar and strangely, loved it. It was fun to randomly shout it out and watch them get up and roar on cue. It got them moving and kept them on their toes. And was a good relationship builder for us as a community. As far as Library skills, I taught them how to access ebooks from our local library using our LMS. I talk about that on a couple of the dino chapter book talk links made on the digital book shelf. I also continued to let them finish making their Pixton EDU avatars as a “Makerspace” project with the Dino background pack .. or explore the Dino STEAM Lab activity slide links. They loved the digital STEAM lab -- particularly the T-Rex “Roar” maker and the paper airplane video … of all things! LOL. I’m moving on to Dots, Robots & Hispanic Heritage the next couple of weeks. Will try to post the dot stuff tomorrow here in our group. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. As always, you can follow my work at www.newemersonlibratory.org and I have a few Dino color sheets/resources on my Wakelet Collection: https://wke.lt/w/s/zZWlod - Take care! -- Miranda :)
Ninja Week 2020
You can access the Ninja Library Slideshow and lots of NINJA Theme Ideas I used here in my Ninja Wakelet collection: https://wke.lt/w/s/Jix99z
We did a Ninja Week Theme the first two weeks of school. I did this because I was inspired to think about creative ways to approach talking about Covid and all the new mask protocols. Ninjas wear masks, keep their distance from others, are warriors and do hard things -- just like we will this year at school.
I played Kung Fu Panda movie music, showed video clips about GRIT and perseverance, and did a Chopsticks relay race (Found a pack of 200 chopsticks on Amazon inexpensively,) and played musical Dots with dots on the floor socially distanced, they walked around on the dots and stopped when the Kung Fu song stopped. I offered Ninja-themed book read alouds. Some I found on Youtube, some I recorded. You’re welcome to record you own and replace.
Skills I was teaching: SEL and Relationship Builders were my primary goals the first two weeks. Research is showing that these two skills will be the most important in helping children during Covid, so Grit, Ninjas and Games were my jam. I also began creating virtual makerspaces and teaching them how to access our materials from Google Classroom, how to use Google Slides and our Bitmoji classroom, and how to create their own Avatars for free on Pixton EDU. (I did this with Grades 1-5). I also made my Rules/Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in Animoto this year. That was fun.
Ninja week(s) went beautifully for me. I also taught them a new call back/call out. When I would say “New Emerson Ninjas!” They would say, “We can do hard things! Ha-yah! (with some kind of karate move). We’re in Week 4 and I still shout it out once a class period.
I found a lot of FREE COOL Bitmoji classrooms and resources from Casey Verdugo. CHECK HER OUT! https://linktr.ee/thefirstgradecreative
You can see the outlines of my Class Agenda on the White Boards. You are welcome to use any of my resources too as long as you do not sell them and will give credit to me on the slide or at the end of the slideshow somewhere. Good luck, my fellow teacher friends!!!
A little background about me: I am a former High School Journalism/ELA teacher. I am now hired as a “Paralibrarian” part-time at a small STEAM magnet school in Grand Junction, Colorado. I run the Library and STEAM Lab/Makerspace which I have dubbed the “LIbratory.” I see every grade level twice a week for 45 minutes and do A LOT of cleaning in between, LOL! Hit me up if you have any questions!!! email@example.com
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