Friday, June 2, 2017

April 2017 Highlights

April 2017 was a shortened month due to the spring recess, but we were still able to pack in many library visits from a variety of classes.  Here are some of the highlights from April:

Historical Fiction Introduction
Throughout the year, fifth grade students have enjoyed reading books from a number of different genres.  Mrs. Mangino, Mrs. Richards, and Mr. Kramer brought their students to the library for an introduction to the historical fiction genre.  We utilized a PowerPoint presentation and graphic organizer to discuss the elements of historical fiction.  After our discussion, we then read Wonder Horse by Emily Arnold McCully in order to further illustrate what historical fiction is.  Students enjoyed listening to the inspirational and entertaining story of Doc Key and his amazing horse, Jim.

Wonder Horse by Emily Arnold McCully

Scratch Jr. Career Project
Mrs. LoBianco's fifth grade FACS students spent the majority of April in the library working on a career exploration project.  After researching three careers of personal interest, students then demonstrated their learning and research by presenting information about their careers through the use of Scratch Jr.  Mr. Maeder, Pioneer's technology integrator, joined us in the library to explain how to use the Scratch Jr. computer coding program.  Students used their creativity to make stories about their careers.  This project required research skills, as well as the 21st-Century skills needed to be successful computer coders.

Eager students share their finished projects with Mrs. LoBianco.

Students used Scratch Jr. to code stories about their chosen careers.

Students reflected on their learning.

It's great to see that a student is consider a STEM career!

A student makes the connection that STEM careers can be helpful to others.

Mini Inquiry Project
The students in Ms. Schaper's ATT group conducted a mini inquiry project during April 2017.  Each student was given the opportunity to research a topic of personal interest.  The students picked a variety of topics, including countries, historical mobsters, video games, the Holocaust, and cryptozoology.  Students generated a number of questions they would like to answer about their topic, then used library resources in order to find the answers to those questions.  Students received guidance in choosing library resources appropriate for each topic.  The class has been working on video presentations to show what they learned throughout the project.

Mrs. Leavoy's Weekly Library Visits
Each Wednesday, Mrs. Leavoy's students came to the library for their weekly visit.  In honor of Earth Day, we read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.  Anything by Dr. Seuss is always well-received by the class!  Students then decorated and assembled their own Lorax.  Recycled items from our library's makerspace were used for the decorations.  Here are the finished products:

Even with the shortened month, April was an enjoyable time in the Pioneer Middle School Library!

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