While our 2nd Graders have been working hard on their Digital Citizenship program in Library, Kindergarten & 1st Grade have been busy becoming experts in Fiction & Nonfiction.
After covering the basics, we started taking a closer look at genres - such a fancy word! We've been looking into understanding different genre groups & the potential crossovers with some books.
Students were quick to make connections with their own favorite books & movies & it really took no time at all to have them identifying their own check out choices.
Helping students understand more about classification & their own interests helps them become more invested readers which I am all about!
In the new year we'll be delving into nonfiction text features - identifying & recognizing all the parts of a nonfiction text that allow it to convey all its facts & information! Everything from an Index page to fact boxes, captions, diagrams, guide words & more!
To finish out the year however? We're taking a break from becoming classification experts & we're going to enjoy some winter fun!
Next week is our final week before the vacation & we're going to read this most delightful story The Smallest Snowflake by Bernadette Watts.
Beautifully illustrated, this story takes us into the wonderland of a snowy winter & a snowflake's search for the perfect place to live.
An enchanting tale, it also reminds us just how unique each snowflake is - just like us!
We'll be making our own paper snowflakes to take home & sharing what makes each of us unique - a reminder of how special we all are as we go into the holiday season!
We're still trucking on with our Digital Citizenship program here in the library & I'm proud to say out students really work hard at being engaged and responsive to making safe online choices.
After our work on understanding what constitutes private information, we looked at how to create usernames protecting that information & also strong or "powerful" passwords.
All of us learnt something new in this (& I mean all of us - me included!) & students shared what surprised them most about password "Do's & Don'ts" - for example changing your password every 6 months; using a dictionary to help find words & not using nicknames as passwords.
We practiced making passwords with a few simple tools to help them create a combination password: passwords that are over 8 characters & combine both letters numbers & symbols.... & once again, ALL of us learnt something new (me included. Sigh.)
In the new year, we'll be moving forward to take a closer look at our online community - understanding our connection with the internet ether; our impact (aka digital footprint) within it & a further round up on how to play it safe online.
Much of these ideas can be conceptually challenging - even for grown ups sometimes. However, breaking down the fundamentals of making safe choices & being proactive in protecting our information & online presence, are proving to be messages our students can connect with & appreciate the value in.
Our goal here at Reed is to support students with the tools to become safe & smart Internet users; Internet users who are thoughtful & knowledgeable from the beginning.
Happy browsing folks!
This week in Kindergarten & 1st Grade, we've been taking a look at Fiction vs Nonfiction - what is the difference?
And thanks to our awesome teachers, most kids know immediately - woohoo!
I decided to try & introduce the ideas of fiction as a story made up in the imagination of the author..... And nonfiction being a book full of facts & information.
To illustrate this we compared a number of fiction & nonfiction books - all with the common theme of squirrels. Perfect time of year right?
We then picked out which were fiction, which were nonfiction & I chose one of each to read so we could notice & discuss examples....
Just in case you're not sure, we did notice that in Rabbit & Squirrel, both Rabbit & Squirrel could talk; they wore clothes; they argued & the lived in cute houses.
None of these things happen in real life (or so far as we know for sure....), so the clues that this was a fiction book were pretty obvious.
With our nonfiction book however -
Well, this one was a little trickier! It has few of the usual nonfiction text features (which we'll be looking more closely at in the new year) - at least until the end. And the rhyming text almost had us fooled. Almost!
Luckily our Reed students are just too clever & the could see past the ruse and truly identify the text.
In actuality, this was all just an introduction, summarizing what they already know of course. But it was a fun way to tease out of them, their expert detective skills!
Next week, we're going to look at different genre types in fiction - my goal is to equip our students, no matter what grade, with some insight into the world of genre so they can really start to appreciate what they like, what challenges them, what they may discover they are passionate about - all in the name of becoming active readers and library patrons!
This week in library, our 2nd Graders have been moving along with our Reed Digital Citizenship .
Before the break, I began the program by asking students what we all consider to be basic safety rules when out and about on a field trip. Once we had these down, we then talked about "Going Places Safely" online - how it's actually not that different to going places in the real world.
Going anywhere "online", is in itself, a tricky concept. As much as students these days may be tech savvy, the concept of the internet itself & all its potential is fairly abstract and not always something they're equipped to comprehend as yet.
Therefore, keeping it simple, we boiled it down to a few rules that are handy for parents to know too!
When going place safely online we always:
....And this is just the beginning for our 2nd Graders in equipping themselves with the tools to successfully navigate the tech world around us.
So what came next?!
This week, we discussed the concept of "Private Information" - what is it exactly? What kind of "stuff" do we need, to keep to ourselves or share only with trusted grownups?
Our list includes:
One tool to help retain out private information online, is the creation of a Username. Thanks to our 1:1 iPad program & the many games, Apps, educational resources online kids are interacting with - a username was by no means a foreign concept,
How to create one without any private information though? That was our focal point & students walked away with a few tools on how to do that & a confident understanding of the importance of it as well.
Next week - passwords! And let's hope they do a better job at remembering them than I do!
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