Thursday, November 5, 2015

The School Library & SPED

Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week in the JCHS Library.  Every Wednesday Ms. Humphrey brings her students to the library for story time, to check out books and to explore, tinker, discover & create in our MakerSpace.

Story time is all kinds of fun! To accommodate the visual needs of some students in Ms. Humphrey's class I take pictures of the book pages and turn the book into a Google Slide presentation.  We use the Harvard Room with it's three large projection screens to read the story.  Some days we will also do arts & crafts activities associated with our story time book.

My favorite books for story time so far this year are The Man Who Walked Between Two Towers and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

The Man Who Walked Between Two Towers was so much fun to read because it was based on a true story and had just been made into a movie.  After reading the book I showed the students the movie trailer.  Everyone was enthralled...even those students that normally find story time to "baby" for them.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was a beautiful story based on an Academy Award winning Best Animated Short Film.  After reading the story we watched the animated short film on which the book was based, but the best part of the book was that it is an augmented reality book! I downloaded the app to my iPhone and then attached my phone to the system in the Harvard Room so students could see the pages of the book come to life on the three giant projection screens.  It was SO COOL!

This week we read Interrupting Chicken.  The kids thought it was so funny how Little Red Chicken kept interrupting the stories her Papa was reading to her.  Each student made their own Interrupting Chicken to take home with them.

My 4th Block student aide, Jonathan, always helps with story time....even getting into character!  Below is a picture of Jonathan as the main character in the book, Baghead.

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