Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SLIMEKids -- Reading/Language Arts Resources

Here's a great name for a website. SLIMEKIDS. What does that stand for? It's School Library Media Kids!

SlimeKids was created just last year by Andy Fine from Minnesota. He has done a fabulous job of putting together resources for everyone. Students will find book reviews, school games (including keyboarding!) search engines, reference tools and a lot more; all organized in an attractive, easy to use website. Here is the description from the website:
"SlimeKids features an extensive collection of book trailers organized by year and by grade level as well as numerous language arts-related games in such categories as spelling, typing, vocabulary and grammar. Additionally, the website showcases an array of exceptional literacy-related resources such as author and book review websites as well as superb learning tools including reference works and search engines."

There is so much great content here. For example, take a look at the Authors page. There you will find links to some of the most popular authors for students like Jon Scieszka founder of the 'Guys Read' program and author of the Time Warp Trio series and other wonderfully wacky books like Squids Will Be Squids, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. Another popular author, Kate DiCamillo's page has a link to a website just for her Mercy Watson series.
Oh, I could go on and on. SO sorry I didn't find this before last week's Family Reading Night to put on the list of FABULOUS reading websites. But, here it is now. I'm going to spend quite a bit of time exploring here soon. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Black and Orange Day Programming

Tomorrow's Black and Orange Day program brings favorite storyteller and musician, Kevin McMullin back to Spooner Elementary for a day of fun. Students will attend the programs in the amphitheatre during their Fine Arts block, so will miss music, physical education, library, computer and art classes for this one day.

However, teachers have been asked to bring students to the library to allow time for checking out a new book. Just remember to return your library books and you may check out something new tomorrow.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sports Themed Titles @ Spooner Elementary

I almost forgot to post the list of books with a sports theme that you can find in our library. Find it at this link: Sports Titles for Elementary Students. It's another PDF file, so once on this page, just look at the bottom to open the document.

Everyone coming to the Family Reading Night Open House will receive a bookmark with a shortened list of these titles.

It's almost time to start the fun! Let the reading begin!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Family Reading Night - Fall Open House - RAILS READ

Exciting news! Tomorrow is our Fall Open House and Family Reading Night. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with hot dogs for supper served in the lunchroom/gym.

Activities will take place throughout the school. Be sure to stop and see me in the Library. Any student with NO overdue books may check out one book from any of the student areas on Family Reading Night.

I hope to check out LOTS of books.

The first grade staff will be in the computer lab helping students find reading websites to visit. Some of the third grade teachers will have laptops in the media center for more exploring.

Second grade students will be singing and people will be reading all over the building.

Here is the link to my document with Websites for Family Reading Night 2012. Look at the bottom of the page and click on the PDF file link to see suggestions for exploring reading with your family.

RAILS ARE READERS, so wear your favorite sports jersey. See you there!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Tomorrow, Friday the 12th, the food nutrition department will be offering our second “FREE” meal to the students this school year.

We are offering a homecoming/tailgate sort of menu. We are featuring hot dogs/ brats, sauerkraut, baked beans, potato triangle, a tomato/cucumber salad, pineapple tidbits and orange smiles.

November’s“FREE” day will be November 14th, we will be offering a Thanksgiving meal. Mark this date on your calendar.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Recommended Websites

Here is the updated link to the SES Technology site on the Spooner Area School District website that I maintain.

I have added the new subscription websites and clues for how to log in. You may need to check with me or the classroom teacher for the current password or username. Added today are IXL Math, BrainPop Jr. and Soar to Success.

Remember that you can sort this list by any of the three columns in alphabetical, or reverse, order.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

High 5 Afterschool Program

The High 5 Afterschool program started the fall session on September 17th. My assignment this year is with 2nd grade on Monday night from 3:45 to 5:15 pm. Mrs. Collins, our Community Education Director, has changed the format a bit so now students meet in the gymnasium to have their snack together. There is time to finish homework also.

When I arrive, we move to the computer lab where I have students completing a rotation programs with the following focus: Reading, Math and Cross-Curricular. Last night we finished our first round of programming with a visit to one of our newest subscription websites, BrainPop Jr.

There was a lot to see and do so we ran out of time. We are all looking forward to the next opportunity to try again.