Scholastic tells me that our Fall Book Fair was the highest grossing Fair in the history of Pacific Heights Elementary! Library Book circulation continued as usual. Our Student Leaders stepped up to the challenge. They attended meetings, returned permission slips, learned about displays, customer service, so much monetary math and working as a team. We had two contests: Guess the Number of Pages and a draw for the Grand Prize. Cash profits will be used to purchase new books for our collection. Several piles of current Scholastic bonus titles will also be added. Great work everyone.
Some classes used the leaves we had created to make pictures in the style of Lois Ehlert’s Leaf Man. Students had to figure out how to work together and communicate their ideas effectively.
Check out these awesome (and pretty cute) farmers
I just love this photo of the Kindergarteners posing for Western Day in the Pirate Learning Commons.
Students are often reminded not to touch the display boards as they move through the hallways, usually to help preserve the artwork of their peers, but one of the ways children learn is through kinaesthetic feedback.
The board outside the Learning Commons has been designed for touching. So far it has been a great success. I am hoping it will last another week or so before it starts to fall apart. I see students from Kindergarten to Grade 7 sharing the board and with a school population of 600 that is a lot of time in the hallway well spent.
* Just use the lower half of the board so it is easily reached.
The board was made with items I had on hand and included scratchy dishcloths, crinkled coloured film, cushion stuffing, wired art leaves, burlap, shiny page protectors, sparkling garland, faux fur, polystyrene plate, feathers and sandpaper.
As the seasons change we have been updating our hallway tree. This week we added cherry blossoms. We made these from origami fortune tellers. This can be a great opportunity for a the handful of students who already know how to make these to take a leadership role in the classroom. Made from dollar store origami paper.
This month we decorated the Learning Commons with a Winter Wonderland theme in preparation for flashlight reading. We shared winter and holiday stories and then students partnered up with a flashlight, comfy cushions and a cozy ‘fire’ to read books together. Lots of fun.
Students in Division 9 used Stop Motion app to show learning about book care in the Learning Commons and the importance of putting books back on the shelves in the right spot.
Finding a Book in the Library with Stop Motion from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.
This week we have begun to get ready to the Martha Currie Book Fair. The event is approached as a learning opportunity and as a festival of books. Here are some of our pre-planning activities.
Using Tangrams and Birds-eye view mapping to figure out how we could best fit all of the Fair Displays into the library space.
Uploading to Google Drive to review our ideas
Using the sneak peek box of books to practice money and math addition skills.
Designing our own book display stands with some of the new Fair titles.
Problem solving, negotiating, cooperation and team work as students figure out a support schedule for the Fair.