"A Swisstastic Journey of Me and My Students"

Friday, January 16, 2015

Digital Superheros

"With great power comes great responsibility"- Spiderman

We have started commenting on each other's blog so we have spent some time talking about being a good Digital Citizen.  I followed the discussion guide on Commonsense Media called Super Digital Citizen.  We then sketched out comics that reflect some bad digital decision with a superhero saving the day.  The students then learned about a website called Makebeliefscomix where they transformed their sketches into real comics.  Here are some examples:

Don't give out your phone number online


Saying inappropriate things

Tell an adult if something appears wrong

Think before you post

Don't give out personal information

Being Mean

Emailing private information

Mean emails

School Expectations reinforced by our 5th graders

There was a brainstorming sheet that students had to share with me via Google Docs before starting to film.  Here is an example of a completed brainstorming sheet.

After that they had to follow the guide for how to create their Google Presentation and share them with the class.  Here is the guide. (borrowed from Reederama blog)

Here is some of our work:

 Students Reflect on their learning process after the Infused Tech Project

You need to reflect your learning on this Google Form.  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Snowmen invade the Library

Since January is a dreary month outside I have to keep the library fresh and lively with a winter theme.  I always leave my snowflake lights up a bit past Christmas and then I let it SNOW!  By that I  mean I place snowmen around the library.  I had a 2nd grade teacher (Thanks Mrs. Dunning) share a Pinterest idea she got with me and decided to build it.  Take a look.

Diversity in Preschool and Kindergarten

I see Preschool and Kindergarten one time each week for a 20 minute class.  There are three kindergarten sessions and three preschool sessions.  With only 20 minutes we typically read a story, do a quick activity, and then check out books.  We recently read I'm Gonna Like Me:  Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis and then we celebrated our differences.  I polled the classes on their differences and then tallied all our results up on a poster for them to view.  Take a look.  The kids enjoyed seeing all the little people cut-out to represent them.  Highest totals:  57 with Brown hair, 59 with Blue eyes, 77 said they were LOUD!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Second Grade Tackle Caldecott Challenge

Second Graders learn the criteria for the Caldecott Award.  They were challenged to read five Caldecott books over the course of January and submit a reading log.  There will be one winner from each homeroom.  The winners will receive a Caldecott book to keep.  We will be reading and evaluating potential 2015 Caldecott winners during library class.  Here is our first book:


  The Right Word 
Written by Jen Bryant 
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

the SCRAPS book 
by Lois Ehlert

Viva Frida
by Yuyi Morales

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett

by Dan Santat

Cast your vote on the 2015 Caldecott Award winner.

These are the winners of  our Caldecott Reading Challenge.  2nd graders were encouraged to read five Caldecott winners and record their books on a log.  We drew one winner from each class and those students won a copy of the 2015 Caldecott Winner- The Adventures of BEEKLE.  Congrats!