May 8, 2018

A fifth grader will be leading our Cranbury community in a very special project for peace. Massimo Ruffo will show us how to make origami cranes which we will send to Japan. 

Here's Massimo to explain why:

The Paper Crane Project

The idea for the Paper Crane Project all s...

April 2, 2018

Through a school library loan program, I borrowed 1000 KEVA planks for us to build with for 2 weeks. We made stand alone structures and contraptions for ping pong balls to roll through. Check out our amazing engineering!

February 19, 2018

Even though grades 2-5 have started coding, Kindergarten and 1st are not far behind. We are using the Chromebooks for the first time, which is tough for them, but they are trying their best and "being the mouse." A trackpad is a very tough skill to master when students...

February 19, 2018

And...we've started coding! On the Chromebooks!

This was a new skill for me so I was apprehensive to try it with the students, but we are moving along and having fun. There was quite a bit of prep for this, I had to enter each student class by class, make them login car...

February 15, 2018

Many parents have asked what I have students do on the Kindles during library. Many want ideas of what to download at home. 

For books, I often search "free children's kindle books" on Amazon, read the reviews and download anything that looks good. I also get ebook...

February 13, 2018

Next week we will start to code on Code.org. In preparation we did some unplugged activities suggested on Code.org. We discussed perseverance and debugging computer programs and translated it to designing our own homemade marble runs out of cardstock paper. A favorite...

February 6, 2018

We read the book, Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig. 

 We really enjoyed discussing each page and why we made the choices we did. Even the teachers got into the discussion!

Then students got into pairs or groups to play with rings of 100 Would You Rather cards...

February 1, 2018

We use our new Kindles to read books, play games, and learn on educational apps. The bean bags make a perfect comfy spot to enjoy the Kindles! We could always use more if anyone wants to donate to our library...

Also, see my list of Kindle apps

 Students also enjoy rea...

January 9, 2018

After reading our gingerbread stories from around the world, students voted on which was their favorite by coloring and taping a gingerbread man above the picture of their choice. 

 The Runaway Wok was the favorite by a landslide!

January 3, 2018

Snow caused days off and delays so plans for the week were put aside and a recycling project was born. 

Often, old books need to be removed from the collection because they have writing inside, water spills, rips, or cover damage. Instead of throwing these in the garbag...

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