We are in full swing at Van Meter, now in our second week of the new school year and things are picking up in our library program more and more every day.
We have two things happening right now within our library program. First, every year I visit all of the classrooms for 45 minutes or so to share our resources and help get things bookmarked on their Chromebooks and iPads. I also show them around Destiny Discover, the databases, eBooks, and different digital tools and apps that we use throughout the year.
It is a great way to start the year with our students and gives them the tools and tips they need to be successful at school and at home.
This year I built the orientation in Google Slides to be used as a choice board,
and also as a way to present goals, information, resources, events and more throughout the year.
In fact, that is the second thing happening right now. We have kicked off related arts with Library Rotation 1. The related arts rotations last four weeks and we have each class for a week at a time.
The lessons for TK-5th are built in Google Slides as choice boards too.
Let me show you what our library orientation and lesson plans look like...
Since I will be using these Google Slides as a way to bring our program and resources together in one spot, I looked at the 2020-21 Library Rotations Google Doc and worked on the scope of work throughout the year tying in the library and technology curriculum and goals.
I will share with the students in the beginning of each, what the goals and learning targets will be.
To make it even more fun and interactive, I added Pear Deck to the library orientation and Rotation 1. You can find out more about Pear Deck here.
In this interactive Pear Deck drawing slide, students drew and wrote what they read over the summer.
This will help the students and their families locate everything they need. You will find more information out about this here in this post.
Our Virtual Makerspace. By having these two places, along with our library site, bookmarked on their Chromebooks we can make sure they will find everything they need throughout the year.
On this slide, they can click on the circles to get to their grade level.
On Fridays, all classes will explore creative site and experiences during Maker Friday.
As our TK and kindergarteners learn about how to login to Capstone Interactive and PebbleGo, I made a slide with a QR code so they can scan it with their iPads. They are our only grade that uses iPads instead of Chromebooks throughout the day.
...and we added a digital citizenship lesson on Tuesday where they will use PebbleGo after a book and conversation around being safe online.
This is where I also started to show them how to use Destiny to find and reserve books online, and how to find and read eBooks and listen to audio book.
here and get a code for a FREE one too.
I hope you are having a fun time kicking off the year in person or virtually with your students. I am really looking forward to this year and can't wait to continue to share our library plans for each rotation.
You will find a copy of the library orientation and lessons for Rotation 1 here. Please feel free to use this for your school community too.