Thursday, October 23, 2014

End of 2013-2014 Year

It is always difficult to look back and realize that A LOT of time has passed.  The time in our library between the end of Family Reading Night 2014 and the end of the school year was indeed a very busy time.  In case you missed it, here are some library highlights from May 2014 through June 2014.

Fifth grade students conducted a massive research project on America's National Parks.  Using books, websites, and databases (as well as their skimming and scanning skills!), students researched many important aspects about a National Park within our country.  Some classes then wrote persuasive essays and other classes completed presentations about their parks.  Regardless of what the final project was, one thing was consistent: Pioneer fifth graders are excellent researchers!

Seventh and eighth grade classes had a real treat when they visited the library in June 2014.  We used the Aurasma app in order to create a virtual tour of many popular tourist attractions.  When students opened the Aurasma app on an iPad then pointed the iPad at an image of France, this triggered a video of that area to be played.  After viewing the videos, the students then worked in groups to answer questions about French tourist attractions.  This was our first adventure with using "augmented reality" in the library.  We're looking forward to using this again in the future!

Our newspaper club celebrated the end of the year with an ice cream party!  The party was funded by the newspaper sales throughout the year.  The group published four excellent newspapers during the 2013-2014 school year.

Last, Mrs. Proudman's fantastic group ended the school year by reading A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech.  They decorated the library with their very own reasons as to why Pioneer Middle School is indeed a fine, fine school!

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