Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Visit With An Author

What inspires a story?
How do authors make books?
How long does it take?
How do illustrators make the pictures?
How do you come up with characters?

Monday, January 2, 2017

Meet the Chicks

Each year South School students join with other kids from the state of Maine to help choose the next Chickadee Medal winner.  Join in the fun and read these books at home with your kids. If you would like to be a guest reader at South just let me know.  We are inviting people from the community in to read two of the nominees; Land Shark by By Beth Ferry, Illustrated by Ben Mantle, and Emmanuel's Dream by By Laurie Ann Thompson and Sean Qualls.

January is the month when many prestigious awards are given in the book industry. Watch for announcements for the new Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Theodore Geisel and Sibert award winners. Links are attached on the right sidebar of this website.

Click on this link to learn more about the Chickadee Award, LINK

Students in grades 4-8 are encouraged to read the 40 books nominated to receive the 2016 Maine Student Book Award.  Here is the link to learn more about them. LINK 

Many Chickadee nominees and MSBA nominees are available online from our South School Learning Commons Library and from the Rockland Public Library.  Please let me know if you need help accessing them.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hour of Code is BACK!

“The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”

  1. Click the yellow Start button
  2. Choose from Moana, Minecraft, Star Wars, Anna and Elsa
  3. The left side of the screen is the Game Space, the middle section is your Tool Box, and the right side is the Work Space
  4. If you get stuck, Read and Reread your directions at the top of the game space

Monday, November 28, 2016


Can't draw?  Try doodling. It's relaxing, creative, and fun! Explore doodling in the  Learning Commons new Maker Space. Watch these videos to learn more. Enjoy!

Creative work will be displayed in the Learning Commons and shared on the Learning Commons website. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Trees Are Terrific!

Visit the Learning Commons to look at trees close up. Learn more about trees and why they are important. Visit these links and watch these videos for more information. Go for a walk in the forest and admire Mother Nature's handy work.

Think about the following:
  1. What makes a tree a tree?
  2. How should you prepare to go out in the woods to look at trees.
  3. When we breathe, we give something to trees. What is it?
  4. What do trees give to us?
  5. What are the three things we can look at to identify a tree?
  6. Draw an example of a tree that has opposite branch patterns.
  7. Draw a picture of a tree that has an alternate branch pattern. 
  8. What kind of branch pattern does a maple have?
  9. What are three things trees need to live?
Sources for more information:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Digital Citizens

Photograph of Canada Geese on Martha's Vineyard by Mrs. Tibbetts, April 2016

Children today are growing up in a media rich environment.  Responsible digital citizens need to know how to use the internet safely, how to search the internet effectively, how to respect the work of others, and how to communicate respectfully using digital tools.   

Respect the Work of Others
There are lots of great images, music, stories, and information available on the internet. Responsible digital citizens don't take things that don't belong to them because that would be stealing.  If you want to borrow things you find on the internet to use for school projects there are some basic rules you should follow:
  1. Find out who owns it.
  2. Get permission to use it. 
  3. Pay for it if necessary.
  4. Give credit to the creator.
  5. Use it responsibly.
LINK to this video to learn about copyright. Watch videos in the playlist below to learn more.

Britannica Encyclopedia allows students to cut and paste images for their creations and provides citations to help you give credit to the creator.

Sites for responsible and ethical use of photographs. 
Photos for Class
Pics 4 Learning