Sunday, January 18, 2015

3rd graders create weather bookmarks

Our 3rd grade students just concluded a 6-week unit where they were asked to research an "Extreme Weather" of their choice: blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, or tsunamis.

Students then learned how to read and take notes about their topic (without plagiarizing) from 2 sources: and (email Mrs. Eley for passwords to these sites if you do not have them).  Mrs. Eley explained the difference between "borrowing a few words" and plagiarizing whole sentences and why that is not OK.

Students then wrote a brief paragraph summarizing what they learned and created 4 bookmarks using Google Presentations.  They learned how to insert an image from the web and cite the URL and modify text in Google Presentations.  Students got  A LOT more familiar with the Chromebooks, dragging and highlighting, and shortcuts like CTRL-C (copy) and CTRL-V (paste).  These are skills they will probably use the rest of their life.  

Mrs. Eley will print the bookmarks in color and allow them to share with friends.  Mrs. Eley will display copies of the bookmarks for library students at Hillside to take and use.   Projects will be graded and given to the classroom teachers.

Below are some of their finished bookmarks.  Enjoy!

2nd Graders Respond to "World According to Humphrey" by Betty Birney

Our second grade students heard about all the good pet books in the library this week!  Students at Hillside love books about pets, including both nonfiction and fiction.

Mrs. Eley spent much of the lesson reading aloud a chapter of The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney.    Humphrey is a classroom hamster that gives the students nicknames based on what he observes or what the teacher tells the student.  (For example, some nicknames are "Stop-Giggling Gail" or "Speak-Up-Sayeh" or "Wait-for-the-Bell Garth.")

After listening to the book, students were asked to respond to this question: "If Humphrey could give you a nickname based on your classroom habits, what would it be?"  We used voice to record their responses.  

Enjoy and feel free to leave us a comment!

Standards addressed by this lesson:
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.


Mt. Laurel Library Get Fired Up for Literacy 2015 Winners are listed below. The contest was opened to all students in Mount Laurel public schools in grades 1-4. Students who read the most minutes were deemed the winners. Grand Prize winners are in bold and were selected randomly from the pool of winners at each school. They will receive a ride to school on a fire truck the week of February 19.
Congratulations to our Hillside students!! 

Kaeden R., 1st grade; Kavin D., 2nd grade; Ben L., 3rd grade; Courtney C., 4th grade.      

David V., 1st grade;  Julia W., 2nd grade;  Ilana S., 3rd grade.     
Nithilan R., 1st grade; Shreeya S., 2nd grade; Brianna D., 3rd grade; Adi S., 4th grade.
Tristen S., 1st grade;  Subhadra M., 2nd grade; Samantha A., 3rd grade; Eva D., 4th grade.     
Karolina W., 1st grade; Suri Z., 2nd grade; Enis E., 3rd grade; Julia B., 4th grade.      
Krithik A., 1st grade;  Meghna P., 2nd grade; Rebecca C., 3rd grade; May S., 4th grade.