The Quantum League #1 Spell Robbers, by Matthew J. Kirby is a science fiction adventure for readers who love science, such as quantum physics, with some magic and crime fighting action. Ben joins a summer camp that turns out to be way more exciting then he expected. From the camp's professor, a quantum physicist, he learns that he has a unique ability to "actuate" - to change reality, like creating a lightning bolt or fireball using only the power of his imagination. But suddenly his professor is kidnapped and he is asked to join a secret society that is trying to protect the world other "actuators" who want to use their power for evil. Join Ben for one exhilarating ride! Grade 4-6.
In Kelsey Green, Reading Queen, by Claudia Mills, Kelsey is determined to lead her class to victory in the school's reading challenge. She loves to read and is sure she can win the biggest prize until Simon moves ahead of her in the contest. Could he be cheating? And why aren't other students participating to help her class? Kelsey goes into action learning about friendship as well as competition even as she reads some great books, that everyone will recognize! Grade 2-3.
Fifth grade student's have been working in LMC this past month on designing and creating a book trailer from a realistic or science fiction book they have read and enjoyed. A book trailer, which is similar to a movie trailer, tries to interest the viewer in reading the book. First students took time to view book trailers by other student's and by authors who often create a trailer to help advertise their new book. Next they created a book trailer plan, identifying the problem in the story, a hook, and a list of the images they will need to tell the story. Finally they worked with the iMovie app on the iPad, bringing in images, adding text or their voice (or both) and finally adding music from the iMovie choices, Garageband or some copyright free You Tube music choices. During the last week of school we held a "film festival" complete with popcorn (or goldfish crackers) to view the student creations. Below are the trailers from Ms. Anderle's class but be sure to check out the other classes' work on the 5th Grade Student Projects Page.
As a final research unit with the LMC and as part of their social studies culture comparison, students in second grade chose one country to learn about. First we generated a list of facts that students should learn about a country such as where it is located (continent), major landforms, the meaning of its flag and the language spoken. Then students identified questions they had about a country such as what holidays do they celebrate, sports they like, what is a kids' life, what are some special attractions, and what animals are unique to the country. Each student was responsible for learning the basic facts and then choosing two extra interests. Students used Worldbook.com and Facts4Me for basic information and Culturegrams, a database, as well as books and other websites for the rest of their information. They took notes, practicing how to read carefully, think about what they learned and record facts in their own words, and also to keep track of resources used. Next, students chose how they wanted to share their information - in an iMovie, Google Presentation, or with the iPad apps Pic Collage or My Story. The final piece of the presentation is a bibliography of the information sources the student's used.
Below is an example of iMovies from students in Mrs. Buch's class but be sure to check out the Second Grade Student Projects Page for all the classes' work.
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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.