Crestview hatches chicks

Crestview hatches chicks

Crestview Elementary School is currently a remake of The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens. Everyone is “a buzz about fuzz”. Only theirs is the fuzz of tiny chicks! It started with a simple life cycle project with PreK-second grade. Research was done through PebbleGo and other resources, Pixies and other projects were made, and then live animals were ordered. They started with caterpillars (easy) and ladybugs (easier). These lovely insects were released on Earth Day into the school’s Learning Garden. Most grade levels attended and our flying friends did not disappoint! Then the project instantly got bigger with the idea of chickens. The librarian, Kristen Cross, found a local (Gum Springs) hatchery that had fertilized eggs on hand. After a quick trip to the farm and an incubator order through Amazon they were the proud owners of 6 eggs. Incubation time for the eggs was a long, long, long 21 days. J On day 20, they heard the much anticipated sound of cheeping through the eggs and a few even cracked open. By day 21 they had 4 little chicks and the school even got to watch #4 hatch live! Unfortunately 2 of them did not make it, but we discussed during every class that some may not be “chicken” eggs, they may be the “eggs you eat” so there were no hard feelings or disappointment. Luckily these little guys are tough and have been touched and poked by 451 little fingers. They will be leaving next week to join a farm in New Kent County where we will receive updates. All in all, it was an amazing experience for everyone!

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Monster Madness at Ridge Elementary

Monster Madness at Ridge Elementary

Author Fran Wilde creates wonderful monsters.  On Tuesday March 22nd, she shared some of her monster-creating secrets with 5th grade students at Ridge Elementary.  She also shared her experience of writing her new novel Updraft and gave the students some insights into what it takes to be a writer.  Of course, doing lots of research and reading good books are  important to the process.  The students were very inspired to create their own monster madness!

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Seusstacular at Mehfoud ES

Seusstacular at Mehfoud ES

We love all of the work that our teacher librarians do and below is an example of a great event that was planned for Mehfoud Elementary.

“We [Mefoud] just had our big Dr. Seuss event on Friday, March 4, 2016.  Seusstacular is a whole school yearly event that involves our boys and girls rotating in and out of the library with a passport to engage in various fun and stimulating stations.  Stations include: differentiated math skills, reading skills, technology skills, art skills, library skills and more.  I always make sure we have a Kindness Station to go along with our MindUP Program.  We partner each year with BE A NOBLE KID for this station.   Another favorite part of our event is a movement piece where whole classes go into the gym for a Dance Party with the “Dancing Angels” (as our students call them – 2 of Henrico’s ITRTs).  I could not do this event without the support and flexibility of  Mehfoud’s faculty and staff as well as all of our volunteers who help to run the stations. Volunteers include retired teachers, parents, HCPS ITRTs, and staff members.   A big shout out to Mehfoud’s ITRT, Julie Smith, who helps to organize the technology stations and the technology trainers! It’s a fun and exciting day for our boys and girls and a great way to celebrate us all being readers during Read Across America Week.”

Deanna Pollard, Proud Teacher Librarian at Mehfoud Elementary School

 

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Pajama Day at Ratcliffe ES

Pajama Day at Ratcliffe ES

Recently, Ratcliffe Elementary School had a school-wide pajama day and since reading is an activity well-suited for a day hanging out in pajamas, librarian Karen Stein decided to invite classes into the library to do just that.  Below is a picture of her with a class of second graders taking a break from their schedule to just read.

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Librarians Attend Shenandoah’s Summer Conference

Librarians Attend Shenandoah’s Summer Conference

Aaron Reynolds, author of several children’s books, presented at Shenandoah’s Summer Conference.  The audience was captivated by his hilarious personality and stories.  Part of his presentation was an interactive skit with the audience to explain how a book was published.  Our own Nancy Hally was chosen to be the “publisher” of the story.  We all walked away laughing.  There is not a serious bone in his body.

 

Author Aaron Reynolds

Author Aaron Reynolds

You can visit his webpage here .

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Nancy is in the middle holding the $ bag.

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Library-opoly at Varina High

Library-opoly at Varina High

Students at Varina High School celebrated School Library Month by playing library-opoly. Library Assistant, Andrea Beck, created the game, not only to create excitement with the students, but to also increase circulation.  There were many instant prize winners, as well as two grand prize winners during this month!  Pictured below is Library Assistant, Andrea Beck, along with grand prize winner, Haywood Cook.  The game board and pieces can be seen here.

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