Badge Making in the School Library
This term we launched our new Create program. Part of our Connect, Coach, Create initiative, Create is all about getting students hands on with their learning and exploring in the school library. Think makerspace, craft, baking, anything that gets students, staff and our school community, well…, creating.
Our first Create event was badge making. I wanted to start with something fairly easy (and not too messy). With our current, temporary space that is fairly limited, I knew the activity also needed to be easy to set-up and pack-up.
Escape Room in the School Library
I’ve always wanted to run an escape room activity in my school library and this week I finally had that opportunity. This year, my amazing Head of Library and I launched our new Reading From The Heart program. It was a mix of special reading events and library sessions with our middle schoolers. For our second special Reading From The Heart event, we wanted something that would appeal to a wide audience and be easy for us to put together in a busy term 4. When my Head of Library suggested an Escape Room, I was super excited to get started.
Two Quick Christmas Book-related Activities
Do you know the Crayons series by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers? What about the Macca books by Matt Stanton? Both these picture book collections have a Christmas titles that are so much fun. This year, for our final few library lessons, I put together a few very quick and easy Christmas activities that tie in with the books.
Mystery In the Library – Displays and Activities
I used the Cricut machine to cut out some detective silhouettes. The font used to create the letters is Earwig Factory.
Activity – Weapon (book) launch party
With the release of a new book by Lynette Noni, my high school book clubers just couldn’t wait to get their hands on Weapon, sequel to Whisper. We couldn’t make the trip to the offical launch parties being held around Australia, so we decided to hold our own. It was a fun way to celebrate (any excuse for food in book club is popular) and helped promote our book club to readers who usually didn’t attend. Their were a few members who were not fans but cheerfully went along with things, content with the party supplies.
Activity – Literary Photo Booth
Our students love photo booths. They love taking photos with our library iPad, creating mini scenes and using book-themed props, especially when they are dressed up for Book Week or another special event. Previously I have used just a plain backdrop – either a roll of paper or a plastic tablecloth – but for Book Week 2019, I wanted to make a photo booth out of a fridge box, all with a literary theme.
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt – Celebrating 30 Years
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt celebrated it’s 30 anniversary in 2019. We decided to celebrate with an epic library hunt – with bears, of course.
5 Quick Ideas for Integrating Robots with Books
Currently, our library makerspace has two robots – The Ozobot and Cubelets. Click on the links for reviews of each. One day a week, our library makerspace goes technical and these robots delight and challenge our students. This year, our focus has been to integrate the library makerspace activities with literature. So here are 5 quick ideas for integrating robots with literature.
Ozobot Neighbourhood Activity
A year ago, we introduced the Ozobot Bit to the library makerspace. Since then we have used this cute little robot to introduce coding to our students through a range of activities.
The latest activity has been building Ozobot a neighbourhood. This activity incorporates the standard coding using white paper and black, blue, green and red markers to create simple codes, as well as net construction and art. It truly combines both the T and A in STEAM.
Ozobot Activity Ideas
Since introducing our Ozobot Bit to the library I have been trying to come up with fresh ideas for interacting with the little robot during our lunchtime sessions. Here are a few ideas I have tried so far. I would love to hear about your own ideas, so please leave them in the comment section below.
Races – this requires multiple Ozobots or a stop watch to record time trials. Students design their own course. To make it harder, set code limits or requirements, e.g. must use at least three different speed codes.