Friday, March 9, 2018

Good Trick Walking Stick

Walking Sticks are amazing creatures! See them in action by watching the videos below.

You can learn more about walking sticks at Pebble Go. Don't remember the login? See Mrs. Tibbetts. You can also find an article in Britannica Encyclopedia. Remember, you will find links to all of these resources right here on the learning commons website.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful is a FICTION book based on a true story about a community that decided to make their neighborhoods more colorful.

More about the Urban Art Trail. LINK

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Water Princess

Bring in coins for the 2017-2018 Ryan's Well school challenge to raise money for water in Kenya.

The Water Princess by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter Reynolds, is one of 10 books nominated to receive the Maine Chickadee Book Award. Although it is a fiction story it is based on real life model, Georgie Badiel, who grew up in a village in Africa called Goundi, in the country of Burkina Faso. In Africa, many people have to walk great distances to get water. They then have to carry the water back to their homes where it has to be boiled to get rid of the contaminants. That water is used to wash clothes, bathe, to prepare food, and for drinking. Very often the water makes people sick. 
Burkina Faso
We can help the people of Africa get clean water by helping them to dig wells. These two organizations are working towards making this happen.

Real life model, Georgie Badiel.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hour of Code is Coming!

December 4-10

Hour of Code takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week. Students in over 180 countries participate. At South School we will participate in our own coding activities during the week of December 18-21st. Anytime is a good time to learn about code. Check out these websites below. Remember, children under the age of 13 should not create their own accounts but parents can do it for you.

Places you can go to code. (web based)
Kodable (App)
Tynker (App)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Big Blue Sea!

Kindergarten and First Graders are listening to books about creatures from the Big Blue Sea! Ask them what they have learned about whales and sharks and visit some of these resources for more information.

Discovery Kids has great videos, games, and coloring pages for kids. LINK

National Geographic Kids has a playlist of great shark videos. LINK
Here's a video about blue whales. LINK

Don't forget these websites on the left side of the screen, Britannica Encyclopedia, Pebble Go, Brain Pop, Arkive, San Diego Zoo, and Seaworld. You'll find them in the 590s, the Dewey Decimal number where information about animals can be found in the library.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Prevent Summer Slide!

Prevent summer slide with some of these simple activities.
Visit the Learning Commons Online,

Read, Read, Read!
Listen to audio books, read magazines, books, websites, street signs… whatever you can find. Read with a buddy, read to your dog, read to a neighbor, just keep reading!
  1. Sign up for the summer reading program at your local public library.
  2. Read all of the books that are nominated for the Maine Student Book Award (grades 4-8) or the Chickadee Award, grades K-4.
  3. Visit the South Learning Commons website for links to these free sites
    1. Open eBooks (Each student should have a personal username and password for this. It only works on an iPad.)
    2. Tumblebooks (paid for by South School)
    3. Our library has digital books that you can read on any device. Just go to the online library catalog and click on Destiny Discover. At the top right click on “Collections” and choose eBooks. Each child has a district username and password they can use to sign in with.
  4. Get a subscription for Reading Rainbow’s Skybrary and read online.
  5. Subscribe to a children’s magazine from Cricket Media.

Write about it!
  1. Keep up on your writing and keyboarding skills. Use some of the free keyboarding apps that are linked to the Learning Commons Website. Try to practice 10-15 minutes per day. Links are near the top on the right side.
  2. Login to your Google Drive account and create an online journal of all of your summer activities. Upload pictures and describe each event. Your district login is your 9 digit student number followed by (no spaces) and your password is your district password, the same one you use for Lexia and Moby Max.
  3. Send emails to family and friends and keep in touch.

Learn new things! Explore new worlds!
  1. Learn more about the world outside your door. Create a nature journal and learn more about what you see on Pebble Go or Britannica. To use Britannica you will need to login with your public library card number and your last name.
  2. Watch the daily featured video on Brain Pop or Brain Pop Jr. Take the quiz and play some of the learning games.
  3. Explore the many links on the Learning Commons website and take a digital field trip! Travel to the San Diego Zoo or Seaworld. Visit distant planets and galaxies with NASA.
  4. Get crafty with Made by Joel or Deep Space Sparkle.
  5. Take that lemonade stand to a new level! Bake some cookies instead. Or, better yet, visit Super Healthy Kids (link is on the Learning Commons Website under the Health section) and find some recipes to make dinner for the whole family! Be sure to get an adult to help you in the kitchen!

Practice, Practice Practice.
Continue to practice those skills that you have learned in school this year.
  1. Visit Lexia and keep up with your learning. Try to get in 20 minutes a few times a week. The first time you log in it will ask you for your teacher’s email address. It’s ok to fill that in. You can use mine if you want, Your login is your district username and password.
  2. Visit Moby Max and do your fact fluency activities. Your login is your school ID number and your district password.
  3. There are also math game links for the iPad and other devices on the learning commons website.
  4. Our math curriculum, Everyday Math is available online. Link to it from the website. The login is the letter m plus your district ID number and your district password. There are math games as well as digital tools you can use here.

Visit me on the learning commons website all summer long! Enjoy your time off and keep learning!

Mrs. Tibbetts