I am hooked… (to the podcast The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel) and cannot wait for season 2. As a huge fan of podcasts this happens often as I discover a new podcast and just can’t stop talking about it. What makes this show so much more exciting is that it is written for and recorded by kids. One of my students is even in the cast and I didn’t know it till episode 10!
This middle grade mystery centers around strange happenings at Pruitt Prep and if you give it a chance, it will make you a fan of the spoken word as well.
Podcasts… the new old school way to learn. I love them and listen to them regularly as well as want to make one with students in 2016-2017. So, when I was told about Brains On last week, I instantly placed it in my podcast feed and anxiously awaited a few minutes of uninterrupted time to test it out. Well… I am happy to say that I am hooked and am more excited to start my own next school year. Brains On encourages curiosity and explains in kid friendly terms answers to their questions. Here is a sample from their website.
Clinton Elementary students were super psyched to meet author/illustrator Dave Roman in March. His visit marked the first time we have had a comic writer speak and it was worth the wait. His talk focused on his craft, but also on Astronaut Academy. Third – fifth grade students had been getting ready to meet him by creating their own versions of a space academy and were ready to discuss their ideas. Thank you Dave for visiting!
What happens when a librarian goes to the AASL conference and meets her favorite authors? Did you guess that she would be totally motivated to convince one of them, Adam Gidwitz, to visit her school? Well, I am happy to announce that Adam is visiting Clinton in April and the kids are totally psyched. Each 4th and 5th grade teacher has received a copy of A Tale Dark and Grimm to read to their class. You can totally tell that they have started reading due to the spike in requests for the book! Kids want their own copy to read along with in class and to read at home.
(sob) As I write this post, I am reminded that I am not at the annual ISTE conference in Atlanta. Ok, so next year I won’t miss it! Thanks to technology and Twitter, I have been following the events and making copious notes for student learning next year. This all reminded me that I had not posted a recent blog posting I wrote concerning the new book, Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age. For the blog, I summarized 5 things students learn from 3D storytelling. Check it out!
Ever since Creepy Carrots, I have wanted to read more books by Peter Brown. As a book discussed for the 2014 Caldecott Award, I was eager to read Mr. Tiger Goes Wild to classes. From the colorful cover that is hidden inside the book jacket, to the selectively colored art, I loved this book. Here is a video in which Peter Brown discusses the making of the book.
Author Lauren Oliver discusses how a book is made in 8 youtube videos. I enjoyed watching the episodes especially since I had read The Spindlers, her middle grade book that is the focus of this series.
This year Clinton Elementary School is excited to host author Kate McMullan. She is the author of the Myth-O-Mania series (in addition to much more) that re-tells popular myth stories from Hades point of view. When students hear the prologue of Have a Hot Time, Hades! they are hooked. Here is an introduction book series trailer published by Capstone Publishers.