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! 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Join Us This Saturday From 11-1pm EST For The NEW Future Ready Librarian Summit, Thinking Critically About Media and News Literacy


On Saturday, October 16, we hope you join us for the Future Ready Librarians® Summit from 11:00am-1:00pm EST as we focus on...
...Thinking Critically About Media and News Literacy.  

During our time together, we will reflect and collaborate around the following questions: 

  • How has the conversation about information and media literacy evolved?
  • What are current and emerging best practices for teaching media literacy?
  • What roles can teacher librarians and school libraries play in leading media literacy?
In addition to my partner, Mark Ray, and I as facilitators during this amazing day, we will welcome Britten Follett as she opens our day with a little inspiration and news; 
Jennifer Casa-Todd, teacher librarian and author of Social LEADia and 
Raising Digital Leaders
...and 𝚂𝚑𝚊𝚎𝚕𝚢𝚗𝚗 𝙵𝚊𝚛𝚗𝚜𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚑, Director of Educator Network Expansion at News Literacy Project.

Future Ready Librarians® Summits are FREE, live, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experiences for librarians interested in learning, growing, and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country. Recognizing the profound shifts in learning and teaching occurring in real time, these interactive online events will help librarians ground their practice in the research-based Future Ready Librarians Framework and define new ways they can lead, teach, and support learning in their schools.

Leveraging the active Future Ready Librarians community, the live summits are designed around authentic problems of practice identified by librarians. This fall, we will focus on two topics that represent new opportunities for leadership by Future Ready Librarians.

You can register for this event on Saturday here, friends.  

We hope to see you all there and can't wait to grow our practice and knowledge around media and news literacy, Future Ready Librarians and more. 

A Digital Build a Jack-O-Lantern Activity For Halloween From Control Alt Achieve!


I always love the digital activities that Eric Curts creates and shares with all of us.  

He has one that is perfect for October called Build a Jack-O-Lantern that can be found here on his blog, Control Alt Achieve.  

Students and teachers just make a copy and they can use these interactive Google Slides to create a Jack-O-Lantern too. 

I added Eric's digital activity here in the October Choice Board.  You will find the links to the October Choice Board here in this post, friends. 

Thank you Eric for sharing this fun and creative Halloween digital activity and all of your ideas with us.

Making Lots Of Plans With Ozobots, Toy Cars, Virtual Tours and This Choice Board For The Macy's Day Parade!


With the Macy's Day Parade coming up next month on November 25, Thanksgiving Day, 
we are also counting down at Van Meter as we plan for a few of our favorite activities around this fun event. 

To start, I put together the Learn about the Macy's Day Parade choice board shown at the top of this post.  It is filled with special places to learn, celebrate and create with the Macy's Day Parade including a read aloud from KidLitTV of Balloons Over Broadway, this years parade lineup including my favorite and new balloon Ada Twist, the Macy's Day Parade site and more. 

You will find the choice board here to share with your students and if you would like to make edits you can make a copy of the choice board here

In the upper left hand corner, you will find another choice board that takes our kids to the Macy's Parade Studio for four tours of the Design Room, Production Room, Workshop and Floats, and Paint and Balloons.  
These can be used with the MERGE virtual reality headsets or viewed on a device.  And the choice board has the links embedded or scan the QR code with a device. 

You will find this choice board here to share with students too. 

We use this choice board and the virtual tours to get our students ready for lots of wonderful projects using their creativity and the Ozobot robots or toy cars as they collaborate to create floats and routes together. 

You can read about these projects here

I hope you and your students have lots of fun planning your celebrations too!