After reading The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray, Mrs. Heisler's class took photos all around Patton, and then inserted their own gingerbread man searching for his class. Enjoy:
During the week of December 8 - 12, Patton LMC became a coder's paradise! Along with 70 million students across the World, our students from K-5 all worked on coding activities using the Code.org website. Our student activities ranged from very beginning coding for kindergarten and other students who had never coded before, to coding for students who are veterans of Patton's Code Club. Students were engaged and amazed at their power and we hope will continue to add to what they learned all year long. Take a look:
The third grade classes have held their Solar Award ceremonies with many cheers and applause. The Awards were the culmination of a long process full of book and web research, note taking, decisions about and checking best facts, creation of iMovies or Prezis, and finally voting for the planet with the best factual evidence to win Weirdest and Wildest Orbit/Rotation, Most Amazing Moons/Rings, Most Spectacular Surface, Most Extreme and Dangerous, Most Potentially Livable or Most Beautiful. Students learned a lot about planets, evidence, and creating a convincing commercial. Watch the slideshow to see the process and the Awards!
We read Wishing Traditions Around the World by Roseanne Thong, and learned the many ways that people across the world "wish". Students chose one favorite, located the country on a map of the World, drew the tradition and then made their own wish for the World. Enjoy Mrs. McLoone's students drawings and thoughts:
On Friday at lunch, students who love The Puppy Place and Kitty Corner series, gathered in the LMC to Skype with the author, Ellen Miles. She answered questions from students about her inspiration for the dog stories, her writing process, how long each book takes to write and edit, and introduced the students to her dog, Zipper. A special part of the conversation was when Brooke, Clare and Maddie spoke to Ms. Miles for the first time. Her book Chewy and Chica was their inspiration for learning about puppy mills and eventually helping to pass a new law in Illinois to prevent puppy mills. Ms. Miles told the girls she was going to dedicate her next book, Gus, to them because she was so pleased that her book was instrumental in their success. She told the students that, as an author, she always hopes to raise awareness of issues like puppy mills and other ways that people might harm animals, so it is thrilling when that awareness spurs students to action!
To culminate their unit on Native Americans and The Environment, we provided 4th grade students with a set of primary source photographs of American Indians in the six regions across the United States that they have studied. The photographs taken between 1890 - 1910, depict tribes in many ways, such as, in ceremonial dress, harvesting crops, fishing, weaving and taking care of children. Students had time to observe the land, plants, animals, shelter and clothing shown in the photograph in order to determine what region the tribe lived in. Then we "revealed" the bibliographic information for each photograph, and discovered the students had observed carefully and applied their knowledge to these authentic sources.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.