Our final Code Club for the year I invited parents to come along, provided some pizza and soft drink and set up activities such as Ozobots, coding a Lego Mindstorms robot, and using Osmo Coding on the iPad. The kids enjoyed showing their parents what they’d been working on and teaching their parents some coding.
This year we decided to try something different to reward our library monitors for their hard work across the year. We bussed them down to our local book store, Collins Books on Bulcock St, and allowed each of them to select a book for the library. The books will have a plate inside stating it was chosen by Joe Bloggs, Library Monitor 2016.
We then walked down to the Hog’s Breath Cafe and treated the kids to lunch. For $9.95 each they got a meal, soft drink and ice cream, so the cost was quite reasonable. The kids really enjoyed it and felt appreciated.
This activity was so popular we actually had to turn kids away, as we ran out of space. We have a Minecraft Club which runs on Wednesday lunch times, which is always full, and our Minecraft books are continually in circulation.
We took this activity from Unofficial Minecraft lab for kids : family-friendly projects for exploring and teaching math, science, history, and culture through creative building / John Miller and Chris Fornell Scott.. To do it, get kids to cut an A4 sheet of black paper into 2.5cm wide strips. Then do the same with the green piece of paper, but this time don’t cut all the way through. Stop about 2.5cm from the end. Students then weave the black strips through the green “loom” to create their image. Glue the finished weaving to a larger sheet of paper to make a frame.
This activity involved a bit of preparation but was popular and had links to the Science curriculum in the Year 2 mixtures unit and in Maths with measurement. We set it up as a series of stations which students had to move through, following the instructions at each stage.
- Take a bowl.
- Add one tablespoon of Epsom salts.
- Add a quarter cup of bicarb soda.
- Add a couple of drops of food colouring.
- Add one drop of essential oil.
- Add acidulated water (1 cup of water with one tablespoon of lemon juice added) very slowly (We used a spray bottle), mixing between each addition until it looks like damp sand.
- Mold into patty pans.
- Let sit overnight until hard.
These Minions bookmarks were easy to make and popular with the students. All you need is cardboard, glue, wool and goggle eyes.
Many thanks to the Queensland School Libraries Association for awarding me the Queensland Teacher Librarian of the Year 2016 at the Future Libraries conference last Monday. The award was shared with Debra McGhee from St Teresa’s at Noosaville. I’m very honoured.
This activity was cheap, quick and easy, and combined fun with science – all good things in my opinion. I got the idea here. All we needed was cardboard, sticky-tape and straws. I made a prototype using regular paper but it wasn’t stiff enough. After making the hoop gliders we took the kids outside and had a competition to see whose could fly the furthest. It was surprising how far they could travel.
The library celebrated Roald Dahl Day on Tuesday 18th September by inviting all of our Year 2 students to a party.
We decorated the library with a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme, complete with chocolate river, giant mushrooms and large “lollies” hanging from the ceiling. The library staff and Year 2 staff all came in costume and most of the students did too.
We started with students doing a round of themed activities. For The Enormous Crocodile we played Stuck in the Swamp on the lawn outside the library; for George’s Marvellous Medicine I did a science show where we mixed different chemicals to make things change colour and fizz; for Fantastic Mr Fox we played pin the tail on the fox and for The Twits students donned blindfolds and searched for rubber worms in our wormy “spaghetti”.
The food was provided by our Year 12 Hospitality students who did a great job creating a themed menu with lots of chocolate, James and the Giant Peach cupcakes, snozcumber sandwiches and human bean dip from The BFG and chicken nuggets from Fantastic Mr Fox among others, with plenty of fizzy lifting drink to wash it down. We sat down on the floor together and had a giant picnic.
As part of our Book Week celebrations we had four visiting authors across P-12. Nadia Sunde was a big hit with the students and staff alike in P-3. She is a storyteller who gave a hilarious performance involving music and drama, which was highly interactive and explored the power of the imagination.
Pat Flynn spoke to the Year 4-7 students and all of his books were borrowed immediately after his talks. Steph Bowe was our speaker for the Year 9-12 students and it was interesting for them to see someone so young who was a successful author.
Finally, Peter Carnavas conducted workshops with our Year 8 classes as part of their picture book unit in English, focusing on the way in which images can convey meaning.