Sunday, September 23, 2012

Design a Bookmark Contest

Sally Sundeen, newly hired children's librarian at the public library came to visit and brought some news to our school the other day.

From now until October 15th students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade will have the opportunity to design a bookmark for the Spooner Memorial Library. Design sheets are being handed out during classes all this week.

After a winning entry is selected, that student's design will be printed on bookmarks to be handed out at the public library and at our elementary school library.

Be thinking about what could go on a bookmark that YOU could design.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

New Subscription Websites

What an exciting first week we had! It is wonderful to be back and to see the students. I truly do miss them over the summer.  Everyone is ready to start learning new things. So, my first item is new websites.

Our district is now subscribed to IXL Math for each classroom. Here is the description as found on their website IXL Math:
  • "IXL's math skills are aligned to the 2010 Common Core State Standards and the 2005 Wisconsin Criterion-Referenced Test Frameworks, providing comprehensive preparation for the Wisconsin Knowledge Concepts Examinations (WKCE). With IXL's state standards alignments, you can easily find unlimited practice problems specifically tailored to each required standard.
  • Even better, IXL automatically tracks student progress and displays proficiency scores in the state standards reports. These reports allow you to quickly evaluate student aptitude and identify trouble spots."
I signed up for a teacher account and was surprised to get an email today with a weekly report on my students. I haven't assigned any students yet, but I am planning to use IXL with my afterschool class starting next week.
The other new web subscription this year is for Brain POP Jr for grades K - 3 and for the full BrainPOP service. I used this one over the summer on the iPad with limited success as the full site does use Flash. While it is a subscription service, they do have Free Content.
Students will have access from school and at home 24-hours a day. The Featured Movie changes every day with a variety of topics like milestones, historical figures, holidays and current events.  Just ask your teacher for the username and password, and check out the fun learning using BrainPOP.