Everyone at our school knows that I am a little bit crazy about the book,
The One and Only Ivan!
They know that the highlight of our school year was the day
Katherine Applegate, Julia and Anne visited our school!
I have given this particular book to my family, friends and blogging buddies as far away as Australia.
Fast forward to July 2012!
I am writing this post today in green, because I am green with envy!
Because the Super-Librarian Mr. Schu visited the real Ivan yesterday at Zoo Atlanta.
He and Donna, another librarian, are on their annual summer reading trip. This year they called it “Let’s Go South 12″ and they decided to drive to Atlanta, Georgia to visit the real Ivan in person! I am very envious of their experience! I have never been to Georgia and to see Ivan up close would be pretty awesome. He has given me permission to share these photos with you.
The traveling plush Ivan got to meet the real Ivan too!
How could a trip like this be any better that that? By getting the real Ivan’s autograph!
Congratulations Mr. Schu for visiting Zoo Atlanta and sharing your photos with us! You can follow the other places they visit on the Let’s Go South 12 blog. You can also read more on Mr. Schu’s blog Watch. Connect. Read. He’ll be writing in greater detail about his visit with Ivan.
In the meantime, I am getting ready for my trip next week to the Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum to showcase our Kid Lit Movies project. I’m also bringing Ivan, the inspiration for our book trailer project. Check back next week for updates and photos on this incredible experience! Did you know our student book trailers have had over 6,700 views now from people in 150 different countries? How’s that for incredible?
How did seeing the real Ivan make you feel?
Is there a place you would like to visit because of a book you read?
Our reading photos today come from two of our blogging friends in other parts of the country! Isn’t it great that blogging can open up connections with people near and far?
Sarah, a former student from Mrs. Yollis’s class in California sent us this photo of her reading with her mom. Here is what she wrote to me with her reading photo:
I love reading with my mom in the evening. I pick a difficult book with many high level words and my mom helps me understand the book. Right now, I am reading one of my mom’s favorite books called Anne of Green Gables. It is about an orphan girl named Anne Shirley, and her life in a small farming village. Anne has very red hair that cause her great distress. She also has an excellent imagination that helps her get through difficult times.
Mrs. Krebs, a teacher in Iowa, heard about our summer reading contest and sent us this photo of her reading! I love how she chose an unusual perspective on reading! Here is the link to comment on Mrs. Kreb’s blog. If you are wondering what book Mrs. Kreb is reading, it’s called The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller.
A HUGE Thank you! to our blogging friends for sending in their reading photos! You can also contribute a photo to Mrs. Yollis’ 366 project with the permission of your parents. Join in on the reading photo fun!
Mackenzie and Jake recently traveled to Philadelphia, PA where they visited the famous Liberty Bell. Do you know why this bell is such an important part of American history?
You don’t have to be far from home to enjoy reading! Here is Emily at a horse riding camp this summer! I wonder if she is reading a horse book? What do you think?
Nothing says, “Fun!” like balloons! Isn’t it great that you can learn how to make crazy designs by reading a book?What I want to know is if Josa learned how to make those balloons in the photo!
Mrs. Yollis and I were able to meet face to face recently in San Diego. To thank her for all the comments she has made on our blog, I brought her a copy of the book, Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories. Buck really likes this doggie book, but apparently wanted to eat it! Oh no, Buck!
BB – our Australian student commenter extraordinaire is one of our judges again! Here she is reading one of her favorite series, Alice Miranda down under with some of her stuffed animals. I hope you will visit her blog too and leave her a comment!
Thank you to all of our friends for sending in these awesome reading photos!
Don’t forget – YOU can join in the fun too! Just have an adult email me a photo and I will put it on the blog. This link will give you directions on how to join in on the fun.
It’s time for summer reading fun!
How about trying an audio book?
Reading manuals count too!
The views of the Seattle waterfront were pretty spectacular!
Still you should never be without a book!
So, don’t forget to send in those fun reading photos for our Summer Reading Contest! It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing. There’s always a good time to read!
What kind of book have you read recently?
Have you ever listened to an audio book?
I’m back from the ISTE 12 conference in San Diego! My brain has been swirling with all that I experienced at this huge technology conference. I took Pete the Cat with me to San Diego so he could get out and see the world.
I arrived on Sunday and walked over to the conference center. Imagine 10 football fields put together! That’s how big this conference center is! Believe me, I did lots of walking while I was there!
I was a little worried that since I was alone, I wouldn’t find anyone I knew in such a large place! That didn’t last long however! The first person I saw was Mrs.Jacobs from Hawaii. She leaves us comments all the time on our blog and sent me beautiful photos of exotic Hawaiian flowers during our dreary winter months. We had some fun times together while we were there!
The first keynote was on Sunday. A keynote speech is an opening speech that outlines some of the topics that will be covered during a convention.Sir Ken Robinson talked about how to encourage students to find their passion to do well in school.
I tried to get inside the room, but it was all full. Instead I hung out at the blogger’s café with lots of other bloggers and we watched the speech on a small digital screen set up there.
The highlight of the day came after the speech when I meet Mrs. Morris from Australia and her husband Nate and Mrs. Yollis from California! We have been blogging buddies for two years and it was fantastic to see them in person.
Ronnie and Sue from the Edublogs Team were there too, along with Miss Wyatt who visited us last September from Tasmania, Australia and Mrs. Watanabe from Arizona. We all went out to dinner and had a great time.
The first full day of the conference started on Monday. Boy was it crowded! Between all the conference and exhibiter people, there were over 19,000 people there! If you ever had a question, all you had to do was go to a person with an “Ask Me!” sign, and they would help you!
I spent the day going to hour long classes learning about new ideas and techniques I can use in our library in the fall. I especially like one about fun research projects and another about using Google Earth.
I had lunch with Ronnie and Sue and saw the USS Midway as we walked back to the convention center.
The USS Midway was retired from service a number of years ago and now you can take tours on board and experience what it’s like on an aircraft carrier.
We had more sessions in the afternoon and evenings were filled with social events. Most of the librarians got together on Monday where I got to meet Mrs. Miller from Iowa. Our idea for the Summer Reading Contest came from her and Mr. Schu in Illinois.
Tuesday was a repeat of Monday. Lots of workshops, classes and learning! My head will filled to the top with everything I was learning! We had another keynote and this time I got smart! I was in line at 7:30 am to get inside the conference hall to see Dr. Yong Zhao speak. I got inside this time and was way up front where I could see him up close.
Dr. Zhao talked about how important creativity is in school. I enjoyed his speech so much, I stood in another line afterward, bought his book and got it signed too
Getting around the convention center took time and lots and lots of walking! Even with the size of the convention space, halls were crowded with everyone going from session to session.
Sometimes I couldn’t get into a class, so I hung out and talked to other teachers. Mrs. Young from the All Kids Can Flourish blog and I had some great conversations.
Outside of the classes, meeting people and talking about our schools and technology ideas was the best part of the trip. I feel so lucky to have met such wonderful people there. I look forward to showing you their blogs in the fall.
The last day of the conference was on Wednesday. Mrs. Yollis and Mrs. Morris had a class on their experiences blogging together.You can read more about their class here.
Many of their blogging buddies were in their class and we all had our picture taken together to celebrate.Mr.Miller in the back row Skyped with us last year from his classroom in California.
Mrs. Morris brought us a gift too! BB in Australia told us about the Australian Alice Miranda book series. Even though there are many books in the series, only a couple are available here. Mrs. Morris brought us two more to add to our library! Thank you Mrs. Morris! The author, Jacqueline Harvey is going to be touring the US in the future! Hopefully we can convince her to come to meet the Bulldog Readers!
Between classes I had time to visit some of the learning stations. There were student teams showcasing projects they had done in school.
Teachers could also showcase their projects in these learning stations. Instead of sitting in a big room, a station was hands-on and you could walk right up to the teacher ask questions about their work.I hope maybe I can showcase some projects we do in the future at an upcoming ISTE convention.
I also went inside the exhibit hall! It was 5 football fields in size with over 1400 booths. I looked a little bit, but was a bit overwhelmed with the size of it all!
We had more time for conversation in the Sails Pavilion. Pictured is Mrs. Jacobs, Mrs. Watanabe and Mrs. Young.We talked a lot about blogging and collaboration.
Pete the Cat joined me for some ISTE fun too!
Before long though, it was time to say goodbye to San Diego and all the wonderful people I met there! I had such a great time and I learned so much! Look out kids, we are going to have some creative library fun in the fall! I also hope that next year when ISTE 13 comes around to San Antonio, Texas, I’ll be there too.
What do you think would be exciting about going to a convention?
What questions do you have about ISTE 12?
Who would you love to meet in person?
Don’t forget to celebrate the summer with a book and a photo!
If you want to be part of our summer reading contest, just have your family send a photo of you reading to firstname.lastname@example.org! I will post them on the blog periodically throughout the summer.
It’s time for our 2nd annual summer reading contest!
Summer is a time for fun, but it’s also a time to keep reading! Summer is when you get to read all the books you wanted to read during the year, but didn’t have time! The KCLS library system has their Dream Big Read free reading contest and we have our silly reading contest.
So email those super Summer Reading photos to me this summer at email@example.com and we will see some fun reading on the blog!
I will be posting photos too! I’m traveling with Chicken Butt and Pete the Cat! Wait till you see where we go! We like to have fun reading too! Enjoy your summer! Keep Reading! Mrs. Hembree
Do you like mystery stories?
Do you love animals?
If you do, then the Zoo Animal Mystery stories are just for you!
Each of the title in the Zoo Animal Mysteries series focuses on one animal. Through a series of clues, you have to guess what animal is featured in the book. The trick is to solve the mystery before the animal is revealed at the end. You can read more about the zoo animal mystery series on the Capstone Press website.
Our 2nd and 3rd grade classes used those fun books as the structure for their own Zoo Animal Mystery stories.
First we researched facts and took notes. Then we wrote out our sentences for the story. We typed the stories on powerpoint and added Creative Commons photos to illustrate the pages. The projects from Mrs. Kassel-Day, Ms. Valenta and Mrs. Staples class are featured in this post.
What animal was your favorite to learn about?
If you could make a zoo animal mystery, what would you choose?
This is a blog post about celebrations!
Celebration #1! We are completing our 2nd year of the Bulldog Readers Blog. We have had over 30,000 visitors in the past two years. It’s been a wonderful experience meeting and conversing with people all over the world. These conversations and the things I have learned from my blogging friends have led me down paths I never thought possible. This has led to celebration number 2!
Last Friday I received the notification from Microsoft that my Partners in Learning US Forum application was accepted! I will be attending the US Forum at the end of July to showcase our 4th grade book trailer project. You can read about our project in our Taste of Hollywood post. I first learned about making movies from our blogging friend, Mr. Avery. He is a master at movie making and urged me to give it a try! After making a few book trailer movies, I knew that our students could do this too! At the forum I will have a chance to meet other educators and learn about their projects while also showcasing ours. More professional development is included in the three days so I can start next year with a new set of ideas! This leads to celebration #3!
People often ask me where I get my ideas, and more often than not, I tell them from people I meet on Twitter! Last spring I ventured into the Twitter world because I was curious. I had heard that you can get lots of information and ideas from fellow educators. I wanted to see for myself. Sure enough, they were correct. After watching a webinar from ISTE11 (International Society of Technology Educators) last June, I decided I didn’t want to watch from home anymore, I wanted to go and experience everything this gigantic convention has to offer first hand. So, on the last two days of school, I will be in San Diego absorbing everything I can. I also will have the chance to meet some amazing people who have helped me like Mrs. Yollis in California and Mrs. Morris from Australia!
I will also meet a fellow librarian Miss Tiffany Whitehead, also known as The Mighty Little Librarian in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her idea of making a year in review for her blog has led me to celebration #4! After reading her Year in Review, I decided that would be a fun project to share with our readers. Many hours later, here it is! I hope you enjoy our celebrations and have many to celebrate yourselves!
What has been the best part of your year?
What are you celebrating?
What do you hope to learn this summer or winter?
It’s that time of year when we start collecting all the library books to get ready for the summer vacation.
It’s also the time when I start looking at our check out statistics.
It’s no big surprise to see the results.
Then I wondered, what would happen if I took the graphic novels out of the mix?
How would the results change?
Clearly our readers like to laugh and that’s perfectly fine! I strongly believe reading should be an enjoyable experience. If to enjoy reading, you like to read funny books, then I see no problem with that. I prefer adventure and mystery stories, but my choices aren’t any better….they are just different.
We are also sharing these results as part of an All-Star Block Party!
Mrs. Dykeman, a librarian in upstate New York is compiling top titles on her blog, The Library Patch. Other librarians are sharing their results so we can all get ideas for some awesome summer reading fun! Check it out!
My goal will always be to convince every student at our school that they are life-long readers. Not just during the school year, but during the summer and in middle school and beyond.
Today, my question is for our readers! Summer is coming!
Let’s help each other find great reading choices!
What books do you recommend for summer reading?
What summer goal have you set for this summer?