Linking Dot Day with Art

Did you celebrate International Dot Day yet?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

 

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The One and Only Ivan Review

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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!

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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.

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A Gift from Australia

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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 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!

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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!

 

 

 

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Books About Town

How would you like to sit on this bench?

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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How Do You Burp in Space?

Have you ever wondered how the astronauts do normal things in space?

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Kaito has the perfect book to answer those questions! I can bet he would like to meet Chris Hatfield to ask him this question and more. Who is Chris Hatfield you ask? Kaito, do you know?

Recently Miss Y, one of our librarian friends in Australia, drove seven hours from her home to Canberra to meet Chris Hatfield. Sadly she was not able to get a photo of a book signing with him, but she sent us this photo with some other astronauts and a blog post about her visit.

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Last year I followed Canadian astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield on
Twitter while he was on the International Space Station for 5 months.
Each day he would tweet incredible photos of Earth that allowed us to see
our planet in a new way. He also made videos of what life was like living
on the space station and he also sang and played guitar with Canadian
children to from space for Music Monday. You can read about this on our
LRC blog.
http://http://smotlrcblog.edublogs.org/2013/01/31/commander-chris-hadfield-at-the-international-space-station/

Commander Hadfield has written a book called ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life
on Earth’ that I have read a few times now! He decided to become an
astronaut at 9 years of age and worked hard to make his dream come true.
When I heard he was visiting Australia for the first time I knew I had to
hear his talk called ‘The Sky is Not the Limit’. I booked tickets to see
him in Melbourne where I live and also in Canberra which is a 7 hour drive
from Melbourne and both times he was truly inspiring! Sadly I didn’t get
my book signed, but I did find two ‘astronauts’ in Canberra for a fun
photo.

Commander Hadfield has a new book coming out in October called ‘You are
Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes’ with photos he took from the Space
Station. Mrs Hembree and I are both very excited to hear he is also
working on a picture book with the wonderfully creative Peter Reynolds -
we can’t wait until it’s published!

When Commander Chris Hadfield visits Seattle make sure you go and see him.”

Thank you so much Miss Y for sharing this post with us! We will have to be out the lookout for when Commander Hatfield comes to the Seattle area for a visit. I can’t wait to see what he does with Peter Reynolds! Thank you Kaito for your photo! It was perfect timing to receive two photos about space and astronauts this week, especially one from another continent! Now we have photos from Australia, Europe, North America, and Africa.

 

 

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They’re Up and Down

From the top of the Seattle wheel, to Yellowstone, to readers hanging upside down, we have a fun selection of photos to post today.
Yesterday I heard lots of stories about where our readers were during the summer. I know it’s going to be a busy weekend as the last of the photos arrive.

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