Two years ago, Antoinette Portis's book Not a Stick was an Iowa Goldfinch Book nominee. The book features our creative hero telling us repeatedly that what he's got is *not* a stick--and he's very imaginative in showing us what he has instead!
After we read the book aloud with our students, they had the opportunity to imagine what their "non-sticks" might be instead.
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In a strange twist, today's "Remember When We…" post originally took place almost 2 years to the day!
After looking at several examples of discovery bottles online--and searching Pinterest for inspiration and directions!--we dove into the project with our K-5 librarian friend Ms. Taylor from Shuler Elementary in Waukee, IA.
How did the bottles turn out? Take a look:
All 3 of us were able to take 6 bottles to our libraries to use as a center. Some of the bottles were school colors-related, some were beach-themed, and others were ABC-related. We even had magnetic discovery bottles! While the project took a lot of planning and a full morning of construction, the bottles remain one of our students' favorite centers!
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After The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate was named the Newbery Winner for 2013, the interest in Ivan the Gorilla was stronger than ever. Zoo Atlanta, home to Ivan for many years, hosted a Google Hangout with schools across the country to talk about their famous gorilla.
Mr. Clark's 5th grade students were scheduled in the library at the time of the hangout, so they were able to participate. They even asked a question to the moderators via Twitter, and their question was answered!
The entire hangout was archived on YouTube, so students who were unable to attend could watch later. You can see the recording, as well as the original post, when you click HERE.