Wednesday, October 18, 2017

4th grade field trip thank you!

4th graders had an amazing field trip to Damariscotta River Association.

This week in Library, we will create a padlet with some of our reflections, thanking our hosts and teachers for the day.

Students can answer one or more of the prompts:

-What did you learn about Native American life in Maine?
-What did you learn about yourself?
-What do you want to do again?
-What do you want to learn more about?

Follow this link to contribute to the thank you padlet! https://padlet.com/mbarker8/at9tcpgxycjp

Or you can watch the video to learn how to contribute.





Thursday, October 12, 2017

5th Grade Technology Class

Welcome to technology class 5th graders!

Congrats Group #1 in 5H and group #4 in 5R for winning the "people's choice" award for best presentation!

Scroll down to see your required and free choice activity options.



THIS WEEK'S CLASSES

1. REVIEW (REQUIRED)
First, take the online quiz to check you understanding of our Digital Citizenship lessons. (We have not discussed/reviewed some of the material about citations.)
LINK: https://assessments.commonsensemedia.org/3-5/Unit1/loginpage.html

2. FREE CHOICE 
Next, your choice (scroll down for new ideas/options):

Storybird: Create your own storybook. REQUIRES YOU TO CREATE A USERNAME AND PASSWORD USING MS. BARKER'S CLASS CODE. LOOK ON WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS.
LINK: https://storybird.com/

Tumblebooks: Read an online e-book. REQUIRES LOG IN - LOOK ON BOARD/SCREEN.
LINK: http://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

Smithsonian for Kids: Play and explore topics in science and social studies. NO LOG IN REQUIRED.
LINK: https://www.si.edu/kids

Free Rice: Trivia Questions to help the UN Food Program.
LINK: http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1475

Dance Mat Typing: (Turn sound down unless you have earbuds)
LINK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr#z9jyvcw

Pics4Kids: Find a picture or two to illustrate your Spooky Story! You MUST copy and paste the citation as well.
LINK: http://www.pics4learning.com/

Search the Catalog: Find a book to check out! Did you know you can log in to the catalog and put books on hold? Try it! (Use your email and password.)



3. When it's time to finish, LOG OUT of Google Classroom and put your computer to SLEEP. 


Monday, October 9, 2017

Flying through Fall in the Library

Hello! The first month of school has flown by in the Library! 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes have been learning and practicing library skills and exploring a variety of books through read-alouds.  5th grade has also had a special focus on digital literacy.  Some highlights:

3rd graders have been exploring and learning how to navigate different sections of the Library. Last week, we read Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford. The main character is a bit overwhelmed as she explores the concept of infinity, but finds reassurance and inspiration from her friends and family. There's no question Dewey helped us out by bringing order to our libraries!

In 4th grade, building off their visit to Merrymeeting Bay, students created a collaborative "picture" of the Bay and we made predictions about what kinds of stories, characters and conflicts could be set on a Bay. We read the opening chapter of The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson; students agreed the tough and passionate main character was clearly a product of her surroundings.
Finally, 5th grade has been delving into Digital Citizenship, with activities and topics from Common Sense media. We have set six expectations for technology use, aligning with our school's rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.

During an earlier activity (left) examining and analyzing a historic map of Augusta, Maine, students were able to use evidence from the map to make arguments about audience and author's purpose. These literacy skills are foundational to students' responsible use of all kinds of texts - online and offline!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Library Contest!

A few times each month, I will post a link to a new Library contest. This week's contest asks students to guess the total number of pages total in all 3 books under the overhead projector!

Enter the contest now by following this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScMDKY6j8wcjJla8-hvFyKDB_Bh-Oj-20g9gwhkKcD2id3-QA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Welcome Back to School!

Hello! I am Meg Barker, your new Librarian at Fisher Mitchell School. I recently relocated to Maine from Washington, DC. I have taught middle school language arts and social studies, and most recently worked at the Library of Congress helping teachers use primary sources in the classroom.

This week in the FMS Library we are going to get reacquainted with Library procedures and expectations, talk about reading heroes and mentors, and explore some of the new books and magazines in our collections. I am excited to have a great year with the whole FMS community!
Photo credit: Carol Highsmith, [Main Reading Room. View from above showing researcher desks. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C.], 2007.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Reading!

Summer is the perfect time for reading!  

If you are looking for a great book, take a peek at the RSU1 Suggested Summer Reading List

Summer Reading

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Comic Creations

Everyone loves to read graphic novels and comics. 


Click here to make your own.