2nd-5th Grade Students have been busy programming Dash in the Media Center. Our first lesson focused on learning how to code Dash using the Blockly app, a drag and drop coding tool developed by Google. Students programmed Dash to drive on a grid to designated spots and added animations, sounds and lights. Our second lesson uses Dash Challenge Cards which bring coding to life through hands-on challenges.
K and 1st Grade Students researched Famous African American using PebbleGo to celebrate Black History Month. They shared what they learned by making Biography Pyramids. We will also use PebbleGo to learn about plants in the month of March and students will plant seeds in the Discovery Lab which will then be transferred to our school garden after Spring Break. I can't wait to see all of the pretty plants and flowers!
The 5th Grade BookTalk Club has been busy reading GA Children's Book Award Nominees and creating BookTalks to get others excited to read these excellent books! Click Here to see all of the BookTalks that have been created so far by the 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade BookTalk Clubs!
Upcoming Events in the Media Center:
March 26th: A Digital Citizenship Parent Meeting will be held from 4:45-5:45 pm. Student members of the Tech Team will help present.
May 6th-9th: We will have a BOGO Scholastic Book Fair to promote Summer Reading!
Mrs. Thomas & Rhea
at the Fulton County
We had eight Dolvin students compete in the Fulton County Technology Competition and three students placed! Corinne will be going on to compete in the State Competition, congratulations to all who competed!
We are voting for our favorite 2018-2019 Georgia Picture Book and Children's Book Award Nominees in the Media Center and look forward to submitting our favorite books to the State Competition!
After voting, Mrs. Thomas is reading the Georgia Picture Book Award Nominee, After the Fall, How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again and students are participating in a Novel Engineering Lesson using Keva Planks and Legos. Next week we will start a lesson using Dash, and the students will learn how to code Dash using Blockly, a visual drag-and-drop programming tool developed by Google that allows children to snap together commands like puzzle pieces.
Thursday, February 28th we will celebrate Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss' Birthday. Students and staff will dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss Character and we will read our favorite Dr. Seuss books in the Media Center!
Thursday, February 28th is also a Digital Citizenship Parent Meeting from 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. in the Dolvin Media Center, followed by the 1st Grade Musical. I will present information from GOennounce “Where Students Start Their Positive Digital Footprint.”
February is African-American History Month and we have many books on display in the Media Center for students to check out.
Please help your students be 100% Accountable and help them bring their library books back on time and in good condition!
We had two wonderful Georgia Author Visits in January! Sherry Ellis came to visit K-2nd Grade to talk to us about her books and the writing process. We learned that you need to be very persistent if you want to become an author. Deron Hicks entertained our 3rd-5th Grade students with some art history as we learned about his book, The Van Gogh Deception, a Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee for 2018-2019!
1st-5th Grade students have been building robots with Cubelets in the Media Center this month. Students learn that you need to combine a Sense Cubelet, an Act Cubelet and a Think Cubelet to make a robot and they are following robot recipes and making up their own robots in small groups!
Kindergarten students are having fun with Novel Engineering! We are reading Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming and are coming up with ways to keep rabbits out of Mr. McGreely's garden using Legos and Keva Planks.
3rd-5th Grade Students read Georgia Picture Book Award Nominees and created BookTalks! The 3rd and 4th Grade BookTalk Clubs read Georgia Children's Book Award Nominees and then created BookTalks about them. The 5th Grade BookTalk Club is currently meeting and will add their BookTalks to our collection! Our students will vote for their favorite Georgia Picture Book Award Nominees and Children's Book Award Nominees in the month of February!
Good Luck to the Dolvin Students who will be participating in the Fulton County Technology Competition on Saturday, January 26th!
Our current Mindset lessons are about being 100% Accountable! Please help your student be 100% Accountable by returning their library books if they are overdue! Thanks!
Mrs. Sue Thomas
Dolvin Media Center
Mrs. Berkovich and I had so much fun reading and dressing up as Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere, Engineer on Thankful for Reading Day! These books by Andrea Beaty, spotlight the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math). Ada Twist Scientist is a 2018-2019 Georgia Picture Book Award Nominee!
3rd-5th Grade Students played a Breakout Edu game in the Media Center. They used the online catalog, Destiny, to find books in the Media Center and solved clues that led to the combination of a lock. They learned about the Dewey Decimal System, call numbers, the different areas of the Media Center and how to work as a team!
The Media Center Maker Space is ready! This month we will feature lessons using Ozobot, Sphero SPRK+ and K'NEX . Ozobot is a robot that teaches kids basic programming, as you simply train the robots to follow patterns on the surfaces that they roll over. Ozobot can identify lines, colors, and codes on both digital surfaces, such as an iPad, and physical surfaces, such as paper. Sphero SPRK+is designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding, which fosters a love of robotics, coding, and STEAM principles through play. K'NEX Education is the connection of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, & math) with a child's curiosity and creativity.
Calling all 3rd-5th grade tech savvy Dolphins...Enter the Technology Competition! Our Dolvin competition will take place in the Media Center on Wednesday, December 12th at 8:00 am. School winners will advance to the 18th Annual Fulton County Schools Technology Competition, Saturday, January 26th at Centennial High School!
We have two upcoming author visits in January! For K-2nd grade, we have local Johns Creek author, Sherry Ellis, coming to discuss her books. We will have order forms for autographed books out soon. For 3rd-5th grade, we have a 2018-2019 Georgia Children's Book Award Nominated author, Deron Hicks, coming to discuss his book, The Van Gogh Deception.
If your student has overdue library books, please have them be 100% Responsible and return or replace them!
Mrs. Sue Thomas
Dolvin Media Center
We have been busy in the Media Center reading the 2018-2019 Georgia Picture Book Award Nominees. 3rd-5th graders chose a favorite book and then created a BookTalk about that book. They used the iPad app, Videolicious to record their BookTalks and uploaded them to Seesaw. We will also be watching a BookTalk every Thursday morning on the Dolvin NewsSplash. Click here for a Google Slideshow full of student BookTalks! They really enjoy reading these high-quality picture books!
This week 3rd-5th graders will begin a Breakout Edu game where they find clues which will help them find books in the library. They will answer clues that will enable them to unlock their team's lock. This is a great team-building game that also teaches them how to use the Online Catalog, Destiny, to find books in the library. Stay tuned for pictures to see if they were able to Breakout!
This week, K-2nd Graders will focus on the GA Picture Book Award Nominee book, Ada Twist, Scientist. We will use Wonderopolis and PebbleGo to find answers to things they wonder about.
Students were given overdue book notices last week. Please help your student be 100% Accountable and ask them if they have any overdue library books. We have a 2 week check-out policy and they can renew their book if it is not in high demand.
Thankful for Reading Day will take place on Friday, November 16th. Our school will be celebrating books all day and will have guest readers. Students and staff are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character!
Mrs. Sue Thomas
Dolvin Media Specialist
Thanks to everyone for a very successful Scholastic Book Fair! We purchased books from the fair and will be placing a large order for new books, a MakerSpace cart, and bookmarks! Also a big thank you to all of our volunteers who help make special events like the book fair happen!
There is a 2 week check out in the Media Center. One of the rules in the Media Center is to be 100% Accountable and return your books on time. I want to give a shout out to classes who had 100% book return and no overdue books! Ms. Jackson's Kindergarten Class, Ms. Anderson's and Ms. Keller's 1st Grade Classes, All 2nd Grade Classes, and Ms. Fletcher's 3rd Grade Class! Overdue lists were sent to classrooms today, please be on the lookout and help your student be 100% and bring their library books back!
Please participate in this Digital Citizenship Parent Workshop entitled Parenting Digital Natives. This workshop will help you understand who digital natives are, give you statistics and surveys, discuss parent guidelines and identify tips to use when raising a digital native.
The Scholastic Book Fair will be here September 4th-14th! We will have class previews Tuesday, September 4th-7th and will be open for buying during the K-2 Ice Cream Social on Friday, September 7th from 4:30-6:30 pm. We will have class buying times for the week of Monday, September 10th-14th. We will be open until 5pm on Thursday, September 13th and will will close at 11:30 am on Friday, September 14th. See our Scholastic Book Fair webpage for times and to shop our online book fair!
Media & Educational Technology Instructor