Fifth Grade Students were asked to write down everything they knew about the word PARODY today. Some had very blank cards, a few had heard the word before. We began our class period watching this Looney Toons video. We still have not defined the word, but we are beginning to examine what makes an art work distinctive. We analyzed the elements of Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. What are the figures you see in this painting. How was it made? What can we call these figures so we all know which one we are talking about?
This is the week third graders start to apply research skills in what I call See -Think -Wonder. Students are asked to list all the things they see when given an image. In this way students are beginning to grow building blocks that lead up to the full research experience. If we can observe or see things as they really appear, we can then start to think about why certain things are the way they are. With those two first steps we can go a step further and wonder even more about the topic. As Einstein says, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." We do need firm observation skills to really begin to wonder about the world around us.
Getting up at crack 'o' dawn 5am to get to Peoria, Illinois before 10am shows real commitment to my profession. My partner in crime Linda Sawyer, from Saint Xavier School in Wilmette, and I were asked to present on the topic of organizing libraries in different ways, hot topic genrefication, making manipulatives for library use, and engaging and empowering our readers in different ways. Here's a link to the presentation.
We were scheduled to present during the same hour as the one and only Katherine Applegate author of One and Only Ivan and most recently Crenshaw. We were absolutely certain no one would want to come to our session because, come on, Katherine Applegate is in the building.
We did attract 25-30 attendees, a picture of our wonderful audience is below.
This was our program description - linked to conference website
As 112 librarians go through their daily life of planning meaningful lessons, supporting teachers and students with their information needs, talking about books, bringing in authors, checking in books, shelving books, and training volunteers there are overriding beliefs that we hold in our minds and that can be pinpointed with the scope of our school year. We keep the 112 mission and our own library vision at the forefront of our lesson planning.
Karen Grost has always been technologically oriented although she is wary of the overuse of technology. She has worked as the librarian in District 112 since 2001 as a School Library Media Specialist. Blending literature, technology, face to face instruction, and independent study is how she builds up the students in her school to become life long learners.
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