Thursday, June 21, 2012
At the end of every school year I offer an ice cream sundae party to the first class to return all their library books. Mrs. Ouimet's class won and on the last day of school we celebrated with chocolate/vanilla twists, whipped cream and sprinkles! Way to go 2nd grade!
Kamishibai is the Japanese art of storytelling and literally means 'paper drama'. Kamishibai was introduced to me by the former Riverside librarian, Mrs. Havlik, who has a love for Japanese culture. After trying Kamishibai myself I was hooked! This year, I introduced Kamishibai to third grade students at Riverside to accompany their class unit on Japan. They listened to many Kamishibai stories on a traditional tabletop Kamishibai stage. Students were so fascinated by the stories they decided to make their own Kamishibai story. We had a lot of fun, and Job Corps volunteers helped the students write and illustrate their stories!
Friday, June 15, 2012
2nd grade students have been researching about all kinds of birds. Information was gathered from library books as well as PebbleGo (a great animal database just for K-2 students!). When all of the research was complete, we made pop-up bird books. They look great!
Friday, June 8, 2012
I just returned from an amazing 5th grade field trip to the Natural History Museum in NYC. 5th Graders had a great time viewing all the different floors of the museum. The highlight of the trip was finding 'Dum Dum', an Easter Island sculpture that is featured in the movie 'Night at the Museum'. The kids were not disappointed when we finally found Dum Dum in the Pacific Islands display.