Monday, May 1, 2017

Writing Camp Podcast Episode 3!

We are a little behind posting our blogs, but we are up and running still!
We hope to produce 2 -3 more podcasts before the summer break!

Today's episode was recorded right before the Writing STAAR test for our 4th Graders.
We are featuring two students and some of the writing the produced in Writing Camp!
Scroll to the bottom for the link to Episode 3!

Here are the books the hosts were reading, in case you want to check them out!

Persais' Book

Ms. Reynolds' Book

Roger's Book

Click the link to hear the podcast!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Battle of the Books Podcast

This week we are adding episode 2 of our Little Black Library podcast!

Episode 2 is all about Battle of the Books!
We interviewed the winning teams from our school and got the 6th grade teams take on their feelings before the Semi-finals.

Here are links to the books that my co-hosts and I are reading as well as the book blurb books. Scroll to the bottom for the link to the podcast! Enjoy!

Persais' book:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Maybe a Fox

The 2017 Bluebonnet Books are now in the library! Over Spring Break I began reading Maybe a Fox, which is one of the new Bluebonnet Books. Let me tell you, I could not put this book down. I read it in a day! I don't usually have that kind of time! But, this was worth the day's read!

Maybe a Fox is about two sisters (human by the way). One is a runner and the other is an avid rock collector. The girls are already broken from the loss of a parent. But, tragedy strikes the family again leaving the family in survival mode. All the while, 3 foxes are born and one has a special connection to humans, especially little Jules. The fox has a connection with the spiritual world and her senses are hopefully used to help Jules find peace and understanding.

I highly recommend this book!  

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Podcast Obsessed

I, Ms. Reynolds, confess that I cannot STOP listening to podcasts. I listen ALL the time. I listen mostly in the car, but sometimes I listen when I'm cleaning my house.
I am addicted!
I listen to all types of podcasts. I listen to parenting podcasts, comedy podcasts, librarian/book loving podcasts, mystery podcasts, etc... The greatest part is downloading and listening to a podcast is absolutely FREE!
Two weeks ago I was able to go to an educational technology conference in Austin called TCEA. One session I could attend stood out to me...how to create a podcast! Duh! I had to take it! Fast-forward two weeks and we have created our Little Black Library Podcast! 
I chose two students (4th graders) to be my co-hosts and we will interview other students and teachers about reading, writing, book reviews, favorite books, and so much more!
My co-costs are ecstatic to say the least! Our plan is to plan the podcast one week and record the it the next week. Therefore, publishing our podcast every other week. 
I'll admit, it is a learning process for me. I'm still playing around with it. My prediction is the students will love it, because they love listening to play-aways from our library. Our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders all have 1:1 ipads in the classroom and should be able to access it there. I hope to somehow find ways for the primary grades to listen as well.
My goal is to promote reading and writing! So, with out further ado, I present to you Season 1, Episode 1 of our very first podcast. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Drama, Drama, Drama

My students are SO into Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels. I decided I would read at least one and see why they love them so much. So I started with Drama. So far, I like it!
It looks like she is in the process of writing another one! It's called Ghosts. It will be out in the Fall of 2016. 
Here's the link to her blog where Raina talks about her new book. 

I know some of my kiddos will be excited! 

Have you read one of Raina Telgemeier's books? What'd you think? Is there another graphic novel author you love?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I met a STAR!

Almost every April I go to the Texas Library Association's annual conference. There are tons of authors signing books, vendors (like book companies) giving away free stuff, and learning sessions. I particularly enjoy meeting authors and taking their books back to my students. I think it's beneficial to show the students that authors and illustrators are REAL people. I like to tell them that our writing and artistic abilities go further than school. In fact, I tell my students about how it is such a rush for me to meet authors and illustrators. They are like movie stars to me. Only...really they are book stars! All the same in my book. As I wait to meet them, my palms get sweating, I try and figure out what I am going to say to them (usually repeating it in my head over and over). By the time I reach them, after standing in line sometimes longer than a Six Flags ride, I end up just saying Hi! Thank you!, and I love your books. I'm a dork. A Starstruck dork at that.
This past April I met a few authors...one being my all time fave! You can imagine how much I DIDN'T say to him! lol (enter Starstruck Dork)

My all time favorite has to be Jon Scieszka. He's a genius when it comes to picture books and middle grade novels. A classic and my all time fave...Stinky Cheese Man and Fairly Stupid Tales. But, I also loved his Autobiography, Knucklehead. I brought my personal copy to TLA and had him sign it. When you meet an author they will also take a picture with you! You bet I did that!

This week I have been telling the younger students about my meeting with Sarah Weeks at TLA. I bought her book Glamourpuss and it was such a cute and fun experience meeting her, I of course had to share it with the kids. She brought fancy and glamourous glasses for us to wear  in our picture with her. The kids love the book of Glamourpuss and Bluebelle!

I can not wait to see which authors will be at TLA this year! Who is your favorite author? Would you be able to speak to them if you met them?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

We are into the 3rd week of school! I can't believe it! I started it off with a bang and had our Scholastic Book Fair on week 2! It was a whirlwind, but HALLELUJAH! it's behind me! Orientation is done too, so I can now get into the nitty gritty of library land! I read such a cute book to my kindergartners, and I have to share it with you!
Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony is great for discussing manners to students! Mr. Panda offers doughnuts (spelled the old fashioned way, I might add) and to a variety of animals. He offers and when they request what the kind they want, he ends up saying, "Never-mind, I changed my mind". Until he asks the upside-down lemur! Lemur uses his manners and gets the WHOLE box of doughnuts!
What's amazing is I even had some kindergartners figure it out! That's a success in itself! All the other animals had NO manners! We had terrific discussions! It goes along great with our campus focusing on Ron Clark's Essential 55 rules! I plan on reading it to a few other grade levels because of it's terrific message and cute illustrations! Please, Mr. Panda is great for young and beginning readers.