Hour of Code

Grades 2-5 participated in the worldwide phenomenon known at the Hour of Code last week.  Students all over the world were celebrating computer science and providing student access to coding that they may not have had otherwise.  Over 150,000 separate Hour of Code events registered!

The Hour of Code uses pop culture and fun graphics to entice students to persevere through the daunting world of computer coding.  Go to their website here with your student and ask them to show you around!  They were incredibly knowledgeable and intuitively picked up the nuances of coding incredibly quickly!  They are really demonstrating the skills that make them 21st century learners!

2nd grade, pictured here, participated during library, while grades 3-5 participated in STEAM time (and sometimes in their classrooms as well!) Already kids are begging me for opportunities to continue coding in STEAM and library time.

The Hour of Code doesn’t stop now.  Your students can log in to hone their skills any time.  If you’re going to have screen time, why not have them learn a thing or two while they’re at it?

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This Week In The Library

I’m kicking off the change in weather to more autumnal temperatures with stories celebrating Halloween, including my very own jack-o-lantern!  I am reciting a beloved story of a spider and a mouse who live together in a pumpkin throughout the winter to grades preK through three, as well as some other favorite picture books and an early chapter book!

Fourth and fifth grade are still very much enjoying the DCF books we are reading together.  Ask your students about the plot, especially the fifth graders, as the story takes place in 1979-1980 and there are some pretty throwback pop culture references (think The Brady Bunch and Three’s Company).

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STEAM time is still going great!  Next week the students will have time to reflect on each other’s work, provide positive feedback, and then reassess the strength and usefulness of their house.  Keep up with the STEAM design process here!

I hope your students are enjoying library this week as much as I am!

STEAM blog

This year students come to the library not once but TWICE a week.  I’m so lucky to hang out with them so often!  Their usual trip to the library focuses on creating a lifelong love of reading, learning research skills, making connections to literature, and the like.  In addition to that, once a week each grade has a second trip to the library for STEAM time.  Not sure what STEAM time means?  Ask your students! They definitely know!

Interested in learning more about what we’re doing in STEAM and the design process?  Follow along on our other blog, found here.  It’ll explain a bit about the method behind the madness and highlight some photos as well.  For additional photos, check out the school’s Facebook page for the whole album!