Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Weekly Library Activities (Specials) are on the FMS Family Hub!

Hi all!
Happy last week of the school year! This is the last Library Activity I will be posting on the FMS Family Hub before our summer break. But, just because it is summer, it doesn't mean we have to stop reading! This week's activity invites you to learn all about the Patten Free Library's Summer Reading Program. Click here to go directly to the activity: Hub Library Weekly Activity Page.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Where to go for NEW Library-related information/resources during COVID19 closure

Hi all! -I will regularly update my 3/15 post with NEW resources and ideas for teachers and students...just so they are all in one place. I will mark anything that is NEW. -I will post some student specific resources to the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Library Google Classrooms (which students can access with their RSU1 username and password: Thank you!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Journal your experience during the school closure

Hello all, I saw a great idea on Twitter via @GiftedTawk and Bryan Shaw at UCBHSSP. Write a journal about what you are experiencing. I am going to do it too and will add to the Google Slides (below) each day. The slides have a "how to" slide with suggested questions if you want to try it.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Learn Everywhere - including at Home!

Hello FMS Students and Families! (The NEW-est content will be highlighted in blue)!

I will miss you while school is out. But we can still keep learning! I listed some of the best resources I have found below...all FREE & high quality, from sources I trust. I will keep adding to this list while we are apart. NOTE: Parents/guardians should work with students to make sure the material and content is a good match for your grade level:

  • NEW Maine author Lynn Plourde is keeping a list of events/opportunities offered by Maine authors here
  • Pre-recorded Children's Book Videos Children's Author Kate Messner has curated a a list of videos from author/illustrators reading first chapters, offering a drawing lesson and more. See more videos from Authors Everywhere. And more picture book read aloud resources from author/educator Pernille Ripp. 
  • Live Author/Illustrator Events Kid Reading Advocate (and kid) Olivia Van Ledtje (@thelivbits) is keeping a master list of authors and illustrators who will be doing live read alouds (or draw-alongs) on different platforms. So many great authors whose books are in FMS's library! Other resources too. 
  • Skype a Scientist is just what it sounds like. Find a topic of interest to you and a scientist will meet with you for a video chat (doesn't necessarily have to be on Skype.) Normally, they match with classrooms but have just opened up to families! My niece and nephews and I are going to do one together!
  • The Daily STEM lists offline (no computer required) science, technology, engineering and math activities. Over 100 ideas for fun ways to learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) at home, including movies to binge! NO INTERNET REQUIRED.
  • Drawing Activities Illustrator Jarrett Lerner has lots of activities up on his website, including "Finish the comic!" A printer would be nice, but you can work around it. 
  • Notebooking Activities will be offered live, daily by author and writing teacher Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
  • Scholastic Learn at Home - Four daily activities (five days available now) - each centers around an engaging video or story. 
  • Pixel Art template - pixel art is a big hit in Library class. Here is a fresh template.
  • I Survived series author Lauren Tarshis is reading aloud "I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic" on her YouTube channel
  • Ms. Newkirk started a Padlet for us all to post pictures answering the question: "What is outside your window?"
  • Stem-related live streams - fish, penguins, monkeys, oh my!  (YouTube playlist)
  • Audible Stories - FREE audio books, organized by age level
  • Wanna play a game? Make a copy and share with a friend - play Connect Four, Tic Tac Toe and Dots on Google Slides. 
  • Novel Effect - combines read-alouds with background music/sound effect!
And don't forget you can access FREE ebooks and audiobooks from our very own Patten Free Library.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

NEW books! November 2019


NEW BOOKS Playlist
Check out some of these books talk, book trailers and author interviews to learn more about some of the new books coming to the Library!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Maine animal habitat - make a Google slide!

Use this Forest Scene template to show your animal in its habitat!