Fourth and fifth graders are having a blast using their new devices this year! We have been finishing up our digital citizenship lessons using Nearpod. A program that allows the students to upload typed answers, pictures, and complete quizzes. Then they just send their individual responses to me and we can discuss those responses right away!
They younger ones have been showing me what they know by acting out some situations that might happen when they are online. Discussing what to do in a situation is a wonderful way to prepare our students for the digital world. They always come up with some great questions!
Lately the library has been getting some new book bins. These boxes are to help our younger students become more independent. Each box/bin is labeled by a picture and focuses on the books that are of high interest! Who can find the Biscuit books? You can do it!
Our digital citizenship lessons are going well and will continue into October! Digital citizenship is curriculum that is taught at the beginning of the year by the METI (media specialist) and reinforced by the teachers. Each lesson focuses on using the internet in a safe way. We discuss topics such as online manners, protecting yourself by keeping information private, cheating/copyright, a student’s digital footprint, and even self-image and how websites will market to children. Each lesson is different considering the age of the student. In this technological age we want to make sure everyone stays safe when navigating the internet. For more information about how to help your child stay safe online, please visit the Common Sense Education website: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/parent-concerns
We are so excited to announce that our Ison Springs Broadcast will be starting soon. The morning broadcast is run by the students… with teacher assistance. It features Ison Springs scholars as the anchors and various reporters. The students also get a chance to work behind the scenes as new equipment operators. Our previous broadcasting system was very old and stopped working completely. Thanks to the PTA we have brand new equipment this year! It has been installed and we are currently practicing with the new system and will be starting up the broadcast soon! We are presently auditioning fourth and fifth grade students who are dedicated to the responsibility of arriving every morning no later than 7:25am. They need to have a permission slip (sent home) to participate. Once we have our groups they will rotate every few weeks. The students are so excited to start and we are SO grateful to our wonderful Ison parents for contributing to the PTA and allowing these students this opportunity.
The students have been so enthusiastic to start their book checkouts! We are playing games like Kahoot, searching for QR coded information, and completing scavenger hunts to get ourselves back familiar with the media center procedures. Such FUN!!!
Who: 4th and 5th graders may join
What: A book club which will compete in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
When: Once a week during lunch
Where: In the media center/library
Why: This club is for students who LOVE a good story and are excellent readers!
If you join then your assignment is to read these books over a two-week period. Set your own pace to be able to reach the goal of completing the book in two weeks or sooner. You may choose to read a few chapters a night or more. We will meet once a week to discuss the book.
You will need to keep a reading/writing journal. In this journal, you will record notes about each book and ten quiz questions (with the page number where the answer is found). These questions will be used to quiz your peers in order to prepare for the competition. We will also play Kahoot to test our knowledge of these books.
Below is the book start date and end date (when you should be finished with that book)
September 3, 2017
The Wild Robot. By Brown, Peter.
September 16, 2017
September 17, 2017
Once Was a Time. By Sales, Leila.
September 30, 2017
October 1, 2017
House Arrest. By Holt, K.A.
October 14, 2017
October 15, 2017
Pax. By Pennypacker, Sara.
October 28, 2017
October 29, 2017
What Elephants Know. By Dinerstein, Eric.
November 11, 2017
November 12, 2017
When Friendship Followed Me Home. By Griffin, Paul.
November 25, 2017
November 26, 2017
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. By Anderson, John David.
December 9, 2017
December 10, 2017
Free Choice Books
December 30, 2017
January 1, 2018
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. (graphic novel) By Brown, Don.
January 8, 2018
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition in January – Date TBA
*Only 5 students can be on the Ison team. These students will be chosen by who has the highest AR quiz scores for the most books read. We can have 5 more students as alternates. You can join the book club without going to competition (just for the fun of reading).
These books can be found online in MackinVIA which is available to all Ison Springs students. Username is your student ID # and your password is your birthday (mm/dd/yyyy).
Prizes: Read 4 books get a super cool goody bag!
Read 8 books get a free reading bowl T-Shirt!
Read all 20 books get a raffle ticket for an Owl Crate Jr. Box!
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Book List
The elementary students have a book list from the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. These books are nominated for the Georgia Children’s Book Award. This year we will have an elementary team enter the competition.
1. Pax. By Pennypacker, Sara.
2. What Elephants Know. By Dinerstein, Eric.
3. The Seventh Most Important Thing. By Pearsall, Shelley.
4. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook. By Connor, Leslie.
5. When Friendship Followed Me Home. By Griffin, Paul.
6. Mayday. By Harrington, Karen.
7. House Arrest. By Holt, K.A.
8. The Best Man. By Peck, Richard.
9. As Brave As You. By Reynolds, Jason.
10. Once Was a Time. By Sales, Leila.
11. Wolf Hollow. By Wolk, Lauren.
12. Projekt 1065 By Gratz, Alan.
13. Waiting for Augusta. By Lawson, Jessica.
14. Lily and Dunkin. By Gephart, Donna.
15. Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. (graphic novel) By Brown, Don.
16. Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story. By Bahkin, Nora Raleigh.
17. The Wild Robot. By Brown, Peter.
18. Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. By Anderson, John David.
19. Unidentified Suburban Object. By Jung, Mike.
20. Footer Davis Probably is Crazy. By Vaught, Susan.
Are you going to be in 4th or 5th grade next year? Do you love reading? Do you have a good memory? Do you like competing? Well, if you answered yes to these questions then the book club is a perfect fit for YOU!
Don’t be shy! If you love to read join the book club next year. The book club will enter the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. It’s a fun reading completion where student get to participate in six rounds of questions all pertaining to books! The book list is currently out on their website (listed below). The first book we will be discussing is The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. If you are interested, please read this book over the summer!
Today we discussed how fairy tales can change or have different versions depending on the time period and culture. Then the students got to make their own mini fairy tale using Puppet Pals on the iPads. What they came up with was adorable and creative.
This week we talked about Earth Day and the importance of keeping our environment nice for future generations. We read the book Ants in Your ants, Worms in Your Plants! By Diane deGroat. In the story, each student discussed ways to help the environment. So, in class each student made a mini poster that persuaded others to help out the environment too!