Over the last few weeks, second graders have been working on a design challenge inspired by the book Horton Hatches the Egg. In that story, there is an elephant who sits on top of an egg waiting for the mother bird to return. The students' challenge was to build a nest that could protect an plastic Easter egg when "Horton" (a gallon jug of water) sat down on top of it. They came up with many creative ideas and demonstrated great teamwork!
In first grade, we read the book Rosie Revere, Engineer and talked about this month's life skill, perseverance. In the story, Rosie gets discouraged when her flying machine crashes, but her aunt teaches her that "the only true failure comes if you quit." This week, first graders were shown how to create their own flying machine. Ms. Ricter demonstrated how to build the base model and then encouraged them to make modifications to the design.
Today's blog entry is a guest post from Ms. Ricketson, originally written for the BPE Bobcat Blog:
I'd have to say that our library is louder than ever these days! And one of the reasons for that is our amazingly adventurous and creative new librarian, Kate Ricter. In a 4th grade lesson about a virtual twist on digital storytelling, she explained how virtual reality has transformed certain books. Imagine that! Books that require programming, staging, and loads of creativity beyond writing and illustrating! Using the book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an Apple TV, an iPad stand, and the app IMAG-N-O-TRON, Ms. Ricter showcased this award-winning story about people who absolutely love books. As she hovered her iPad over the book, animations magically escaped the printed page to jump about right out at her audience! Thanks for making reading even more magical, Ms. Ricter!
This year's BookSpring Read-a-Thon was a huge success. We had 231 students participate in 33 classes, and we managed to raise a total of $25,451.58! Forty schools in Austin participated, raising $170,532.39 overall. That means that Bridge Point raised 15% of the overall total!
I want to thank everyone who read and donated money to support this worthy cause. Your generosity will enable BookSpring to purchase around 8,500 books for kids in Austin. That is amazing!
While everyone who registered online received prizes for participating, we also had some extra special prizes awarded for our top readers, top fundraising class, and top fundraising student. Congratulations to these winners!
Thank you again for all of your help making Read-a-Thon a success. I know that next year will be even more incredible!
Last month, kindergarteners and first graders had the opportunity to attend a presentation by local author, Kat Kronenberg. Her debut picture book, Dream Big, was released in January. The story follows various jungle creatures, who achieve their dreams by believing in themselves. During her visit, Mrs. Kronenberg talked about her own dream of some day publishing a picture book and then led students in an interactive retelling of Dream Big. It was a great experience and we are so thankful that Mrs. Kronenberg was willing to visit BPE!
Ms. Ricter uses this blog to share information and photos of recent library activities and events. She updates it frequently, so be sure to check back regularly for new posts!