For the past few months, students and teachers at Longdale Elementary School have been reading books from the Virginia Mysteries series, written by Steven K. Smith. The author spoke with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders at Longdale last week. They talked about what makes a great book, the importance of editing, and the historical places he chose for the settings in his books. A trivia contest was held the week before, with winners receiving personally autographed copies of the books.
Second grade students at Longdale Elementary School wrote scripts and created videos to teach classmates about choosing a “just right” book in the library. This is one example of their fabulous work!
In last Thursday’s library lesson, the students in Ms. Parrish’s 2nd grade class at Montrose Elementary were provided with a template that has the map of the world and two sprites, one to show the continents and one to show the oceans. They logged into their Scratch accounts and remixed the template. The students programmed the alligator to move to the different continents and say where they were located. As a follow up, students can program the diver to move to the five different oceans.
Last week, Henrico High School librarian, Christina Thrasher, arranged for her Henrico Reading Warriors to come to Ratcliffe Elementary School to read holiday stories to the students. About 20 football players along with their coach came. They went to each classroom and were greeted by surprised and mesmerized students. The students and teachers really enjoyed their visit and these young men were such strong reading role models for our students. Kudos to Christina for having this program available
Breakout EDU has arrived at Deep Run High School Library. It is very much like a breakout room, but instead students are given clues to unlock a box with multiple locks. Many lessons are already designed and online and available when you purchase a Breakout Kit. Our students really enjoyed the creativity and critical thinking that came with our first lesson. The students stayed engaged and worked in groups to see which group could unlock all 6 locks correctly in the shortest amount of time. We all had a good time and learned a lot working together to solve the mysteries.