Linking Dot Day with Art

Did you celebrate International Dot Day yet?

 dot_day_2012_v01-14dy02q-1ntxsu1

The great part of this holiday is that the date is September 15ish.  The ‘ish” part means that you can keep celebrating or you can start celebrating when the time is right for you. It’s never to late to find out how you are creative and awesome.

intro

I love art, so this year I was inspired by the work of some other librarians and art teachers on Pinterest to try an artist focus for our Dot Day celebration. We  also talked about what we are learning in library standards through the process.

 standards

Each grade learned about a different artist and then the students imitated that style of art to create their own awesome dot. The kindergarteners learned about George Seurat who painted some of his most famous paintings using thousands of tiny dots.

kindy seurat

The kindergarteners added dots to a coffee filter with watercolor dot painters, and then I sprayed water on this to get an impressionism effect. It was quite magical to see the colors blend together.

kindergarten group

First graders learned that tie-dye didn’t really get invented in the 1960′s, but is rather a style of artcraft that’s been used around the world since the 6th century.

 1st grade slide

They used watercolor markers to create a design on their coffee filter, added some lines to get the ‘tie-dye’ effect and then I sprayed water on it.

1stgradeart

The second graders learned about the artwork of Robert Delauney who was greatly influenced by color and geometry.

2nd grade slide

They divided their dot in half and then in quarters. Then they added circles which they colored in. The same color could be used on the dot, but it couldn’t touch itself, except for in the inner circle.

2nd grade art

The third graders studied Walter Kandinsky and learned that he wanted to be a musician, but then became an artist.

3rd gr slide

They made their art standing up, while listening to PianoGuys music. I encouraged the students to choose a color to use based on the music they heard, or the visuals on the screen.

3rd grade art

The fourth graders focused on Vincent Van Gogh and his heavy brush stroke technique. Most of our students are familiar with his Starry Night and Sunflower paintings.

4th grade slide

They used oil pastels on black dots to imitate his style, with brush stokes in different colors.

4th grade art

The fifth graders combined math, line, and primary colors when they learned about Piet Mondrian.

5th gr slide

Each student was given a sharpie, a ruler and water color markers. They were instructed to create a cubism style dot with the sharpie and ruler, and then fill in the spaces with only primary colors: red, yellow and blue.

5th grade art

It’s been a fabulous week of creating awesome artwork, and continues next week too. One student said about his dot, “It’s a tornado of color!” others eagerly talked about how it was the best day ever in the library! Here’s our Kindergarten -5th grade bulletin board with some samples from each grade.

all bulletin

A HUGE round of claps and a super thank you go to Mrs. Lustgarten who shared her artist research and powerpoint slides with me!

***********

You can try these techniques at home!

What ones to you want to try?

Do you have a suggestion for another style we should try next year?

Leave us a comment and let us know!

Print Friendly

The New Ones are Coming

Look at what is new!

We are adding new books all the time at the library. Here are some that we added this week. The Heidi Hecklebeck books are one the side counter near the windows with the other chapter books in the baskets.

sports

 

The sports books are located at the rear section of the library in the Sports genre fiction section. 

bio

The biographies are on the 921 non-fiction shelves. These are located near the rear of the library as well. You can find each book in alphabetical order by the subject’s last name. For example, the new Wilma Rudolph book is 921 RUD. Check them out soon!

Don’t forget, if you have a suggestion for me to buy, please let me know! I just made a big book order based on a lot of student ideas. They will be here any day, including some books for all of our Minecraft friends.

 

Print Friendly

The One and Only Ivan Review

ivan

You HAVE to read this book!

I tell my 3-5th grade students every year. You HAVE to read this book! It is the BEST book in our library, it won the Newbery Award and kids who have never liked reading chapter books before, LOVE this book.  I show them the book trailer I made, and then I watch all four copies fly off the shelf and the reserve slips stack up.

I did it again this year, and Thyna took the book home and then brought me this review!

The book that I read is called The One and Only Ivan. My favorite part was when Ivan was in a long time, but he got to go to a zoo. This book is about a mighty silverback, which is a type of gorilla. His name is Ivan. He was raised by a guy named Mack, until Mack decided for Ivan to go in a cage at a mall where Mack worked.

Ivan had friends like Stella the elephant and Bob the stray dog that came in the crack in the window. Ivan has been at the Big Top Mall for a very long time, but he is sad even if he does have friends. There is a guy name George and he works at the mall also. George has a daughter named Julia and she gives Ivan some paper and crayons so he can make art. Eventually Mack finds the paintings and sells them at the gift shop.

Then there is a new elephant named Ruby and she does shows at the mall. One time Stella asked Ivan to keep a promise. The promise was to get Ruby safe at a zoo. Lastly, Ivan got Ruby to a zoo. Ruby and Ivan were happy and Bob the dog lived with Julia happily.

Thank you Thyna for your awesome review! It sounds like you are a fan too! The other great news is that a picture book version will be published on October 7th. It’s called Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla It will be available for check out as soon as we get a copy!

untitled (7)

Katherine Applegate came to our school a couple years ago for a visit. You can read more here. This is the book trailer I show to my classes to advertise her unbelievably amazing book.

Print Friendly

It’s International Dot Day!

Do you know what day this is?

dot_day_2012_v01-14dy02q

International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.”

IMG_0741

We will be celebrating Dot Day with 1,701,196 other participants from 80 different countries. That’s 1.7+ million people! Wow! First we will read The Dot and then learn about some famous artists: Seurat, Van Gogh, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Delaunay, and the ancient art of tie-dye. Then each student will be creating a dot imitating the style of these famous artists. I’ll share more photos soon.

In the meantime, you can also celebrate at home. All you have to do is to make your mark. Try something new. Create something. Write or sing a new song. Honor your creativity and join the movement. Make a blank book and fill its pages with words and art of your own!

You can also listen to Peter H. Reynolds talk about how he makes his mark daily and the origins of his important book. Click on this link which will take you to TeachingBooks.net and his recorded interview.

Everyday is a DOT DAY when you cherish and celebrate creativity.

*********************************

How did you celebrate Dot Day?

How are you creative?

Leave me a comment and let me know!

Print Friendly

A Gift from Australia

Do you like surprises? I do! Especially AirMail packages!

package
52 storey

Look what came in the mail this week from our school librarian friend in Australia! She sent us a package with the brand new book  The 52 Storey Treehouse by the Australian children’s author Andy Griffiths. Here’s the note she sent inside the package.

card

This is our third Treehouse book Miss Yeomans has sent us. As you can read in the card, this time she had to wait in line for a two hours to get it signed for us.

treehouse series

On her LRC blog, Miss Y published a post about her visit to meet Andy Griffiths. I hope you will click over to her website and get all the details. She shared a photo she took of Andy Griffiths signing our books. This is used with Miss Y’s permission.

andy sign
Andy signed books from 4:30 until 9:00 when the store closed, but he couldn’t stop. He kept signing books until 11:30 at night! That’s 7 HOURS of signing his name! Can you imagine doing that for SEVEN hours?

book piles

 The treehouse series is not the only series he has written, and if you come into the library, I will show you others you can find by Andy Griffiths. He writes very funny books. Look what happened earlier this month!

griffiths tweet

Are you wondering yet what a treehouse story might be about? Wait for it…… a TREEHOUSE! But not your regular kind of boring treehouse. If you do an internet search with your family, you will find kids love this book so much, they have even created Minecraft treehouses, based on the book.  Here is a book trailer about the 26 Storey Treehouse, narrated by Andy Griffiths himself. It will give you a clue and then you can come to the library and read all three books! If you make your own Minecraft or Lego treehouse, take a photo so we can see it here on the blog!

 

 

 

Print Friendly

Forty-five Readers and a Pink Dumpster

45 Participants

9 Countries

4 Continents

1 wedding

and

1 Pink Dumpster

10685173_10204808467670141_2079278487_n[1]

Talk about a summer of reading! It’s amazing how our summer reading program traveled around the world proving that you can read and have lots of fun during vacation. You can even participate when you don’t attend our school! We had photo submissions from both the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere. Here is Mrs. Adair on a beach in Muscat, Oman where she now teaches. Oman is in the Middle East near Saudi Arabia. She wrote that it is very hot there now. Hot like a sizzling 107 F hot!

BB reading

Our friend BB, who lives in Australia sent a photo with Hack, reading on their trampoline. BB and her mom AA have been a blog visitor for years! She used to have a blog of her own, but got too busy to keep it going. Now she stays up with blogging by commenting on friend’s blogs.

max
max2
zoe
zoe1
zoe and max

Zoe and Max went on vacation this summer to Bellingham and the Chuckanut Drive area. They sent in these photos from the beach up north and practicing some yoga poses.

penny reads
mina dumpster

Our latest summer photos came from Mina and Penny who went on a family trip to the east coast. Penny shared a favorite book and her sister posed in front of a pink dumpster. Yes, apparently there are different companies who pick up garbage in the area they visited. Each company paints their dumpster a different color. A pink one sure does draw a lot of attention! Did you notice what Mina is reading?

20140822-211401-2a9ux4r[1] photo 3 photo 2

Thank you to everyone who participated this summer, including my family. I was thrilled to see my husband read two books on our vacation to Alaska. My daughter loves reading on her Kindle, and my nephew is always close to a great book.

SAM_1606

10441116_403812616423929_1915520873867665058_n

10353398_524375167667930_8286664695791981510_o

It was fabulous seeing our friends in Ghana, Lesotho and South Africa reading as well. We are all a connected village of readers and look forward to more collaborative activities in the coming year.

I hope you will stop by the library (if you attend our school) and see the new Summer Reading 2014 posters! Thank you so much for remembering our blog on your vacation and sending in your photos. It’s been a fun couple of months! Stop by the blog again soon for upcoming posts about International Literacy Day and Dot Day.

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Hembree

Print Friendly

Books About Town

How would you like to sit on this bench?

 Catherine Monaghan

 

Sitting on the bench in London, England is one of our blogging partners. Mrs. Monaghan runs the fabulous classroom blog A Room with a View from Middleham, England. She and her family visited London this summer and sent us a photo for our reading blog because she thought we would like one from another country! She said she was thinking of us as she and her daughter went on a book trail hunt!  They went on the Books About Town hunt for benches hidden in different parts of London.

bench with girl

 

Here is what Mrs. Monaghan wrote to us:

Artists had been commissioned to illustrate benches to depict a book or author – and you could follow a map trail around the city to discover them – mainly in parks and leafy spaces. Needless to say we whiled away many happy hours obsessively searching!

paddington

The first picture is not very good but at least I remembered to get a book out! The last one is my favourite bench… thought you’d like a little quiz to see if you can guess it!

bench4

Now the challenge is of course to figure out which book this bench depicts.  Talk about a puzzle. I think I am going to need help!

Who can help me figure this out?

 Can you help me please??? Do some research, with your parent’s permission of course, and figure out what book is featured on the bench. Then leave a comment on the blog and let us all know what you found out and how! Maybe you think you know it in your head. You still need to do research to verify your idea. Please, please, leave us a comment and give us all the scoop on the mysteriously, colorful bench! Inquiring minds want to know!

Thank you so much Mrs. Monaghan for sharing these fabulous reading photos from London, England. We hope you will also visit Mrs. Monaghan’s blog A Room with a View as well. They have just started school again for the 2014-2015 school year and always have great posts to read.

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Hembree

Print Friendly

Is that a Frog?

Honestly, I don’t know how Mina and Penny do it, but they always have memorable photos! Last year they featured a certain countryside landmark of toilets and Captain Underpants. I challenge you to find that photo from last summer!
This year the girls are back with some camping, tents, books and a FROG!
Thanks for making me laugh!

20140903-192554.jpg

20140903-192603.jpg

Print Friendly

Welcome Back Readers!

It’s the first day of the 2014-2015! Woo-hoo! I hope you are as excited as I am.
We already have so much to look forward to. September 6th is International Literacy Day and September 15th is International Dot Day. Both days celebrate the importance of reading and creativity throughout the world.
We also begin year 3 of our Books to Africa reading partnership program. Our first fundraiser is Thursday at our Back to School picnic! There’s so much to look forward to this year!

20140901-202313.jpg

Print Friendly