Librarian Marsha Moseley collaborated with Mrs. Grossman’s 4th grade class in late February for a lesson on electricity. She set up electricity stations where students used an “energy stick” to learn about open and closed circuits, a static electricity generator and a variety of materials to learn about conductors, and littleBits to learn about series and parallel circuits. It was a fun 45 minutes of hands-on learning! Below are some pictures of the lessons.
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!Read More
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.Read More
Eric Litwin visited Fair Oaks on Oct.12. He signed books and had lunch in the library with writing contest winners. Everyone had a great time! The event was the provided for as part of a collaborative literacy grant written by librarian Kim Slayton and art teacher Corinne Schofield. The grant was awarded by the Henrico Education Foundation and will support a school-wide literacy project. Before the visit, Slayton created hands on lessons that incorporated singing and reading in preparation. A video of highlights of these lesson can be seen here. More information on the HEF grants can be found here.
Last week, Mehfoud Elementary spent time in the library reviewing how the Prefrontal Cortex (Wise Leader), the Hippocampus (Memory Keeper) and the Amygdala (Security Guard) work. They did some deep belly breathing with the use of a Hoberman Sphere. The sphere helped them to practice taking long and slow inhales through their noses and long and slow exhales through their mouths. they also took time to look at their collection of mindfulness books for all to check out from the library. They then read, Take the Time by Maud Roegiers and brainstormed things in their own life’s that they would like to be more mindful of and take more time to do. Here are two ideas for everyone to try: listen to silence and hug with your eyes closed. These are great ways to calm down the Amygdala and allow the Prefrontal Cortex and the Hippocampus to work effectively. Mehfoud is in their fifth year of using the MindUP program here and it couldn’t be any better.Read More
Byrd Middle School held an event last Thursday evening centered around the book “Half A Chance” by Newbury Honor-author Cynthia Lord. The book is a Virginia Reader’s Choice selection and was chosen as the All 6th Grade Reads Selection. At the event, there were fun stations about the book and loons, a kayak photo booth, information about Alzheimer’s, refreshments, and door prizes.
The event was featured on the HCPS facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HenricoCountyPublicSchools and you can view the promo that the librarians made before the event here.
In other news, Montrose Elementary School 4th grade students recently participated in a Nearpod lesson in the library with Ms. Driver. You can learn more about Nearpod lessons here.