Miss Maker's 1st graders had an exciting Skype with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher! During our Skype, we learned more about alligators and got to see a baby alligator! It was a very fun, informative Skype!
Mr. Poulin's class has been creating with K'NEX! Over the last several weeks, we have been doing a theme park unit, which began with hearing the book Mr. Ferris and His Wheel, a nonfiction book about the invention of the Ferris Wheel. Students then researched different theme park rides, including roller coasters, carousels, and water park rides. Now they are working in pairs to design their own (miniature) park rides using K'NEX! I look forward to seeing their finished projects.
A group of 5th graders at Hollis had an exciting Mystery Skype on Friday with a class at San Jose de Las Vegas in Envigado, Colombia! Both groups did a great job. We hope to connect with our new friends in Colombia again soon!
Mrs. John's 4th graders had a very exciting, entertaining Skype with author Kevin Sylvester this week! His fiction titles include the picture book Gargantua and the MiNRS chapter book series. Mr. Sylvester's humorous, and informative, virtual visit included talking about being an author and demonstrating how he creates illustrations. The class enjoyed learning about him and seeing how he makes his pictures. We had a fantastic time meeting him!
One of my GEJ 5th grade groups Skyped this week with author Jennifer Swanson! Ms. Swanson is the author of many STEM-themed nonfiction books, including Brain Games. During her Skype, she spoke about her book Astronaut Aquanaut and answered student questions. We had a fantastic time during our Skype and appreciate Ms. Swanson taking the time to chat with us!
Mrs. Brooks' 4th graders had a fantastic, informative Skype with author Mara Rockliff this week! Ms. Rockliff is the author of many wonderful nonfiction books, including Gingerbread for Liberty and Around America to Win the Vote. During her Skype, she spoke about her books as well as an upcoming one about tennis legend Billie Jean King! We enjoyed chatting with Ms. Rockliff and learning more about her books and being an author!
Earlier this year, during an Ame Dyckman unit with a class at Hollis, I discovered the wonderful resource, Ready Set Draw!, which is on the KidLit TV website. Ready Set Draw has excellent videos of different children's book illustrators demonstrating how to draw some of their characters! This week, at the GEJ library, several classes used the videos on Ready Set Draw! to practice drawing different book characters! Our new library tables became a place for our learners to become illustrators as they followed along with the videos!
Miss Maker's 1st grades have a fun Skype with author J.C. Phillipps! Ms. Phillipps is the author and illustrator of many fantastic books, including Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed. During her Skype, she read one of her books, answered questions, and demonstrated how she makes illustrations! We had a great time and appreciate her taking the time to connect with us!
Last week two classes at Hollis were able to meet authors via Skype!
On Monday, our pre-K had a fun Skype with author Jean Reidy. Among her books is the sweet story Pup 681, based on the true story of a sea otter that was rescued as a young pup. In preparation for our Skype, the class heard the story Pup 681, and saw videos of the real Pup 681, who resides at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. During our virtual visit with Ms. Reidy, she spoke with the students about sea otters, then concluded with a read aloud of Pup 681!
On Friday, 2nd graders in Mrs. LeConte's class had a virtual visit with author Lee Wardlaw! Ms. Wardlaw is the author of Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku and its sequel, Won-Ton and Chopstick. Prior to the Skype, we read both Won-Ton books and learned about haikus. During her Skype, Ms. Wardlaw spoke about being an author and answered student questions.
It was fantastic connecting with these two wonderful authors last week! We are so appreciative of them for taking the time to Skype with us!
On Thursday, Mrs. McCarthy's class had an exciting Mystery Skype with a class in Italy! During this Skype, they met students at Istituto Marymount in Rome, Italy. They did a fantastic job asking questions and using online atlases to figure out where their buddy class was!