For the second year in a row, Clinton Elementary students had a short film featured in the SOMA Film Festival. This particular film was created during an after school enrichment program and the 2 students had never worked together before. Before a packed movie theater crowd, this endearing short film was received gleefully!
As a library focused website, it is probably pretty obvious that I love libraries. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I am now singing this super catchy song in my head. It was created by 2 local parents for Sesame Street Studio.
As I prepare to attend and present at this year’s New Jersey Association of School Librarian’s Conference, I watched one of my favorite inspirational videos. If you have ever wondered how people motivate themselves (or just want to get inside my head), here it is. Thank you to Jonathan Rochelle of Google who first showed this video at the NJECC Conference at Montclair State.
This week I created my first stop animation movie with Legos. Since I want to teach students to share, I thought I would send my creation out into the world. So here it is… a Swim in the Pool.
Stop animation with an iPad / iPhone for beginners is here. Recently I downloaded the Lego Movie Maker App and made my first short film using a Lego set I conveniently had in my dining room. The process was fun and the result was funny (at least for me!) Here are some screenshots of the iPad version that we will be using this year at school with kids.
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.
Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, www.historyofphilly.com, offers great insight into the importance of Philadelphia in the late 1700’s. Not only was Philadelphia a modern city, but it was a diverse city with white and black, free and enslaved persons living together. The following webisode nicely lays out the key locations during a tumultuous time in 1793 when yellow fever came to Philadephia.
Aerial America: Pennsylvania
The Smithsonian Channel has brought us this aerial view and historical tour of Pennsylvania. The first 15 minutes offer a nice overview of the planning of Philadephia as well as some fun stories. This provides students a physical overview not often seen if visiting the city on foot.
Last week I starting reading Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Clair Nivola to my 2nd grade students. We had many connections to previous books such as Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin and Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story by Thomas Yezerski. Today though, the students wanted to know more about how Sylvia lived under the ocean for 2 weeks. They were fascinated by the mechanics of sleeping, eating and exploring with sea life. In my search for answers, I found this short video that shows a wonderful side of Sylvia Earle.