Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

Wednesday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss Day!  In honor of Dr. Seuss' 112th birthday, we've been whooping it up with Starbelly Sneech, Hop on Pop and the rest of the Seuss Gang with Dr. Seuss trivia, Dr. Seuss Bingo, a Dr. Seuss Mystery and a brand new Dr. Seuss book!

The K-1-2 kiddos got to hear the newly found and published What Pet Should I Get, the first new Dr. Seuss book in 25 years. We also created our own Seussical pets as a group so be sure to ask your kids what pet THEY would get!

Third graders played trivia and bingo this week and learned lots of fun facts about Dr. Seuss. Be sure to ask them how you really pronounce Seuss and what word Dr. Seuss coined!

Fourth and Fifth graders also played trivia and then helped me solve a Dr. Seuss Mystery in the library. They were awesome detectives and used reasoning and clue hunting, spotted a few red herrings and deduced the culprit of our library crime.

We had a great Dr. Seuss week!

And now that it's March, you know what's next......

  It's time for MARCH MADNESS!!!!!!!

Monday, February 29, 2016

OBOB Teams to Regionals!!

After five months of reading reading reading and six weeks of battles, two triumphant teams of Sunnyside readers are headed to the Oregon Battle of the Books Regional Battles to represent Sunnyside! Our 3-5 grade division team, The Library Lovers, battles at Ainsworth Elementary March 12th and our Middle School Team, Team Fatticus, goes head to head with other local Middle School teams this Saturday. I'm so proud of all of our teams. They worked hard, read some great books and battled heroically (while still always showing that amazing Sunnyside spirit of friendship!)

I'm sure you'll wish our teams good luck with me as they move onto the next level of competition!

Go Sunnyside OBOB Teams!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

OBOB and the Read A Thon

Well, This has sure been a month of READING! Not only have our Oregon Battle of the Book teams been showing of their reading comprehension (and teamwork) chops during OBOB battles, Sunnyside students read a combined 12,688 hours during the two weeks of the Read-A-Thon. I caught so many kids reading in the hall, on the playground, at lunch and all over the school, it was amazing! What a fun two weeks it has been!

The First Annual Sunnyside Read-a-Thon House Cup was awarded to the K-1-2 team who read 16,600 units, barely beating out the 3-5th graders who came in just behind them at 16,388 units. The Middle School held it's own as well with 13,276 units. Great Job Everyone!!!

Friday, December 4, 2015

This Week in the Library

December is here! 

And the library is decked out for the holidays (and by holidays I mean as many as I could think of!) Winter is a great time to curl up with a great book so it makes me so happy to see all our wonderful readers excited to find new favorite reads when they visit the library!

In Kindergarten this week we had a little brainstorming session over what holidays fall in December and then students shared  what they knew about Chanukah after we read The Runaway Dreidel by

First and Second graders got an opportunity to test drive Tumblebooks, a great (FREE!)  resource we have through PPS that offers audio/ebooks in picture book format. The kids really enjoyed listening to and seeing Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer and we had a lively discussion with elbow buddies and as a whole class about what makes a season "warm"! Be sure to check this fantastic resource out at home!

Third and Fourth grades practiced signing on with their PPS Google Apps for Education accounts (sometimes called GAFE accounts), and got a chance to try out Google Docs, Google Drive and learned how to find the library website so they can access World Book Online!

The Four-Five class and the Fifth Graders watched the HILARIOUS Dewey Rap, had a little dance party as we sang it aloud and then started writing their OWN Dewey Decimal Songs!  

Middle School worked on their Nonfiction Graphic Novel Project using the web-based programs Pixton and Chogger. Some classes also got a chance to participate in a BYOD day (bring your own device) to create augmented reality book reviews. Wondering what those are? Load the Aurasma app on your phone (it's free!) and visit the library during the Riparian Festival to find out!

Hour of Code Week!

Are you ready to get Coding??

Hour of Code week is upon us and here in the library, most of our classes will get a chance to try out some coding activities during their visits over the next two weeks. What's Hour of Code? It's a world-wide movement to expose kids of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to coding, from the very basic to full on programming. The goal is to get kids to spend an hour of their time, over the course of the week, participating in some kind of coding activity. And there are LOTS of great choices out there!

For our pre-readers and early readers, The Foos is a fun, wordless program that can be played on a desktop or on mobile devices and teaches the basic skills of coding to even the youngest coders.

Minecraft lovers can try their hand at programming an adventure for Steve in this new Minecraft coding activity and Lightbox provides all ages with fun problem solving coding games. These are just three of a slew of activities available for Hour of Code on Encourage your children to sign up, put in their hour of code and earn their certificate!

Want to learn more? Check out this great video about the movement behind Hour of Code!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

This Week in the Library

Hard to believe it's almost Thanksgiving! This year sure is flying by!

We've spent the past few weeks in the Kindergarten and the 1-2 classes talking about harvest meals, community meals and what brings us together. The kids have had some great insights and observations about the topic and I've loved hearing their discussions. We've read several books looking at this topic including We Gather Together, which tells stories about harvest festivals around the world, Thanks for Thanksgiving and the beautiful, wonderful Same, Same, but Different, one of my favorite books from the giant book order we just received from a district grant (350 new picture books, chapter books and early nonfiction!) The Kindergarteners also got a little silly with I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, which was a very funny take on the traditional song.

3rd graders got a chance to try out the Chromebooks and explored the online resource World Book Online, hunting for fun and interesting facts for our Did You Know center.World Book Online is available through PPS for student research, both at school and at home. If your student is looking for a great research resource, here's the link!

In 4th and 5th grades we have been reading more about Mr. Lemoncello, talking about how library searches work on the computer and where different subjects are located in the library and Deborah's class participated in or first Mystery Skype of the year. This is something I hope to do with all of the 3-8 classes, it's a great opportunity for kids to practice their research skills while having fun and meeting students from another place.

Similar to the classic game 20 Questions, in a Mystery Skype, two classrooms from different cities meet via Skype without knowing where the other class is. It's up to the kids to ask pertinent questions, make deductions and preform quick research to figure out where the other class is in the world! Deborah's class had a great time and I can't wait to do it again!

Middle School classes have been looking at different ways to create citations for their upcoming research projects and explored the database OSLIS, and Indigo's class got a chance to try out the Augmented Reality app Aurasma on the first Bring Your Own Device Day (BYOD). Using Aurasma, we were able to film and present short video book reviews that can be accessed by holding up the app to the various books that were reviewed. Check out Max's review of Tin Tin below!

Have a Great Thanksgiving all!