Friday, December 1, 2017

Flip Grid Videos

This week, fifth graders will be using Flipgrid to
-share a math story problem where the question OR the answer, uses a fraction.
-share a reader response to the book Once Was a Time by Leila Sales.

NOTE: Ms. Barker will provide the Grid code and password in class.

Comeback to watch the videos and keep learning!

Go to Flipgrid: 

Consider using a PROP (like a can of cat food) in your video to illustrate your story.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Building Library Skills

Hi all! Over the next few weeks, we'll be honing our skills in identifying and finding "just right" books in the the Library - fiction and nonfiction - to check out and enjoy. As winter approaches, no better time to curl up with a good book!

Some resources:
-Library catalog; (or use the link in the left nav)
-Book Shelver game
-NoveList K-8 Plus (via Marvel)

Looking for information using online sources can be a like metal detecting in your back yard - if you keep at it, you'll find something cool!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy Halloween! This past week in the Library, we have been celebrating the holiday through books!

4th and 5th grade classes are reading a book that offers a twist on the traditional vampire story: The Ink Drinker by Eric Sanvoisin. It's the first book in a series, so students can continue reading on their own.

Some class readings prompted a spontaneous "spelling bee" in the library, as students gamely attempted to spell new words, including cemetery, a word featured prominently in the text.

3rd grade is reading Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci. This story is what is known as a "fractured fairy tale" - one that takes a familiar story but updates it to reflect more modern values. Stories with familiar plots and characters (or character types) make it easy for students to make predictions, comparisons, and imagine their own twists on classics.

5th grade has also been working on their online research skills with Marvel's Britannica Online. Did you know Marvel is available at home with your local library card? (Link is also on the left of this page.) Students researched topics in science and social studies and enjoyed exploring the multimedia features!

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!

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.


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.)

Next, your choice (scroll down for new ideas/options):

NEW! Ms. Barker's Halloween caption contest. Enter here

NEW! Research a topic of interest...practice saving an article (Print, save to PDF, upload) to drive


Tumblebooks: Read an online e-book. REQUIRES LOG IN - LOOK in Google Classroom drive for the log in information.

Smithsonian for Kids: Play and explore topics in science and social studies. NO LOG IN REQUIRED.

Free Rice: Trivia Questions to help the UN Food Program.

Dance Mat Typing: (Turn sound down unless you have earbuds)

Pics4Kids: Find a picture or two to illustrate your Spooky Story! You MUST copy and paste the citation as well.

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: