Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Simple Machines: The Way Things Go

A viewing of The Way Things Go was the perfect culmination of the PreK/K's study of simple machines.  The film documents a 1987 installation by German artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss.  The artists created an enormous structure combining ordinary household objects--bottles, tires, spray bottles, balloons, ladders, and old shoes--with physics and chemistry to create a spectacular chain reaction. The only sounds we hear are the whizzing, plopping, and clanging of home-made machine parts moving.  Children were at turns jumping out of their seats and mesmerized.

You can see a clip of the film here:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

World Read Aloud Day

To celebrate World Read Aloud Day Judy's kindergarten class read Madeline with a 4th grade class from Fordham Bedford Academy/PS 54 in the Bronx, via Skype.  We had a great time connecting to kids in another school!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Historical Fiction Posters

Students in 4-406 are making interactive posters using Glogster about their historical fiction books.  They hope their "Glogs" will inspire you to read their books!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Second Grade Poetry

Students from Ms. Farkas' and Ms. Warren's second-grade class used Pixie software to illustrate their original poems.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Global Read Aloud 2014

The Global Read Aloud is a global literacy initiative for kids from kindergarten through grade 12.  Children from all over the map are connecting, through technology, to communicate about books that have been pre-selected.

Meg & Olivia's 1/2 Class and Sierra's 3/4/5's kicked off the GRA with International Dot Day.  They read Peter Reynolds' The Dot, and created projects with their own dots.  These projects are captured in movies here, which we shared with other classes in other parts of the country.  Have a look!

Olivia & Meg's class is continuing reading Peter Reynolds' books and sharing ideas with a class from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. 

Sofia's 4/5 class has been reading Jennifer Holm's The Fourteenth Goldfish.
And if you have a student in Sofia's class, ask him/her about the book.
There are 891 classes around the world registered in The Fourteenth Goldfish book group! We have a discussion board on the Edmodo website. You can see a trailer for the book (below):

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


After reading Jackie Woodson's Each Kindness, with second and third graders, we came up with ways that we can be kind in the library.

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