Friday, October 15, 2021

Here Is A Fun, Creative and Spooky Digital Storytelling Activity Our Kids Love...Halloween Can-You-Find-It Buncee's!

To celebrate Halloween with our 2nd graders, we are going to do a fun Halloween Buncee creative writing project based on the...
...Can-You-Find-It and Spot-It Challenge series from our friends from Capstone and iSpy books by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick. 

To kick off the project the week of Halloween, I will share the choice board above. It will walk our kids through the 5 steps they will take to complete and share their Halloween Buncee.  

Here are the 5 steps: 
1. As you think about the Halloween Can-You-Find-It Buncee you will create, read and listen to the Halloween Hunt...A Spot-It Challenge from our friends at Capstone. 
In addition to the Halloween Hunt eBook, I also went to the new Spooky Stories site from Capstone
There are three Can You Find It? images that can be viewed online or downloaded and printed for our students to use to find all of the spooky things.  These will be an awesome inspiration for our kids. 
I printed them in color and will spread them out on our students desks while they create their Buncee's. 
2. Watch and learn about how I Spy books are made too. 
I found a super cool video about how Walter Wick makes iSpy books.  
I also added a link to his website where the students will be able to see behind the scenes at how he creates the pages in the books. 
3. Create your very own Can-You-Find-It Halloween Buncee. 
I created an example Buncee to show the kids.  One page is my Halloween Can-You-Find-It Buncee...

..and the second page shares what they will be finding. 

4. For this project, the students will be creating their very own Halloween Can-You-Find-It Buncee by choosing 5-10 different objects of various numbers that will be included throughout their Buncee. 
I really love how the Capstone Spooky Sights, A Can-You-Find-It book by Sarah L. Schuette shows the different items they are looking for in each page spread.  

You can find Spooky Sights and 7 others in this series here.

I did something similar in my Halloween Can-You-Find-It Buncee here. Feel free to use this as an example. 
5. When the students are finished with their Buncee, they will add it to the Buncee Board I set up for this project. 
Once they have created their Buncee's, they will grab the link to share on the Buncee Board. 

To do this, they click on Share in the right hand corner. 
Then on Share To Boards and put in...
...the code that I provided in the directions. 
Once they have put in that code, it will tell them they have shared successfully and give them a chance to click on View Buncee Board to...
...see what all of the other 2nd graders are creating too. 
They will even be able to leave reactions and comments.  This is one of their favorite parts. 

If you would like to view the choice board I created for this project, you can make a copy to use with resources you have too. Remember when you are sharing with your students, Publish To The Web first and then share that link. 

Have a wonderful week celebrating Halloween in creative and fun ways, friends. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Upcoming Books From Capstone Hitting The Shelves On January 1, 2022...And Using Buncee To Promote Them!


I love getting sneak peaks at upcoming books from our friends at Capstone and I love sharing this with my students and teachers too. 

Well, guess what?  Today, I am sharing them with all of you!  These books will start hitting the shelves on January 1, 2022.  

The Ollie and Bea graphic novel series comes out January 1, 2022 and the other six,  

,,,come out shortly after on February 1, 2022. 

I can't wait for all of these to become part of our library collection and shared with our readers, teachers and families at Van Meter.  I will even use the Buncee at the top to promote and share the 7 new books. 
It's such an amazing tool to use for this type of reading promotion because you can create with stickers, animations, backgrounds, messages, videos and more.  

And now you can create with Capstone stickers, animations and backgrounds making your Buncee's announcing upcoming books extra special!  

Look How You Can Hold A School or Library Fundraiser With StickTogether That Will Have Your Whole Community "Sticking Together"!

Last spring, we held a StickTogether Fundraiser at our school before summer break and it was a huge success!  It was so much fun to bring something to our families where they could "stick together" throughout the summer. 
We sent out the form from StickTogether to our students and families offering lots of different StickTogether sticker mosaic puzzle options including...
...a custom image of our school logo!  Many people bought this one including lots of our teachers.  

We made $10 for each poster sold, which brought lots of new books and resources to our library. 
When the delivery came from StickTogether it was easy to get the sticker mosaic puzzles organized and delivered to all of our students for them to...
...take home and work on throughout the summer. 
When they finished the sticker mosaic puzzle, I had families send a picture to me and put them into Our Virtual StickTogether Stickerboards Gallery at Van Meter Padlet. 

You can read more about how we set up our Virtual StickTogether Gallery here in this post.
Here is the special announcement about the StickTogether Fundraiser that will...
...give you the details you need to bring this special event to your school or library too. 

You can click here to email StickTogether to set up your StickTogether Fundraiser.  

It is such a special way for families and friends to have even more fun sticking together over the holidays and throughout the year.  As I shared, our families sure did!