First grade is learning about nonfiction by comparing two books about badgers. One is nonfiction and the other fiction. We are working on seeing the differences between the two. Our practice includes searching for real photos, labels, diagrams, captions, headings, tables of contents, and the glossary. Read some nonfiction with your kids today and see if you can pick out the features that make it a “learning” book.
The Tellus Museum loaned us some fossils! The 3rd grade has been hands on this week discovering about each one. We have been using the encyclopedia Britannica to look up facts! I wonder if we have any paleontologists in our future?
Learning about our online resources is the recent lesson for kindergarten. We are currently going on MackinVIA ebooks and learning how to find the community helper books. The students love to tell the steps! If they can’t remember, there is always a friendly METI or buddy that can help them along. I love how their listening and collaboration skills are developing. They are also getting to practice independence! Some are working with iPads while others are picking books for enjoyment and reading quietly together. We even have some on the Lego wall using their creative skills making a snowflake.
The book fair was a great success! Thanks to the parent volunteers that helped the students find the books that they wanted. Every year I'm so blessed to watch children excited about reading and the book fair just highlights the students' enthusiasm to read books that interest them. It is so important to have a mini home library and to let children fill it with books they enjoy!
Today our teachers are learning how to use Nearpod! Some teachers chose to come to a PD workshop where I showed them how to use Nearpod online. This is a wonderful program that allows teachers to interact with their students while they give the lesson. It lets the child follow along with the slides right on their computer or device. During the lesson the students can answer questions, take polls, illustrate thoughts, and link to websites directly from the program. It allows the students to share and collaborate on answers and research. It’s also a great way to keep the students engaged! Ison Springs teachers are always excited to learn and grow! Learning is forever!
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.
M.E.T.I. - Media and Educational Technology Instructor