There has been a lot of activity in the library this month! Grades 1 & 2 have been reviewing the elements of a story with a "retelling rope" and creating skeletons out of Q-tips to go along with the book Skeleton Hiccups. Kindergarten has been studying pumpkins and a spooky alphabet. Fourth grade learned about sensory imagery using an interactive Nearpod app lesson which included a virtual field trip to a pumpkin patch.
Valley View librarian, Patti Iles, was kind enough to invite the FTE 4th and 5th graders to participate in an author visit from Sheila Turnage on Sept. 11th. Turnage has written an award winning series about two 6th graders called Mo and Dale.They solve mysteries in a small North Carolina town. The author shared details about her inspiration for the series, her writing process, and her idyllic life in North Carolina.
This summer was full of travel, relaxation, and some professional development. I was able to attend a Thinkery Makerspace workshop, the EISD LearnFest, and the International Literacy Associate Annual Conference.
Here as some highlights I would like to share:
Novel Effect App:
This App is great for parents and teachers. The app provides sound effects to popular children's book to enhance read alouds. Last time I checked, this app was still free.
Goose Chase App:
This app allows you to easily create, organize, and monitor scavenger hunts. Great for a review, ice breaker, or extra credit. Free for teachers (limited version).
Booklist for Social Emotional Learning:
Here's a great list of picture books categorized by SEL thematic content.