November 2nd is I Read Canadian Day! It has been officially proclaimed by the City of Burnaby and will be recognized throughout the country.
We will be reading Canadian books in the library and in our classrooms to celebrate. Students are also invited to check Canadian books out from the library this week and every week. There are so many to choose from!
October was a busy month! We were able to attend some virtual author presentations from the Vancouver Writer’s Festival in the library. Ashley Spires told us all about perserverance and her creative process. She also read us her new book The Most Magnificent Thing. Kenneth Oppell read from his new novel, Ghostlight, and shared some scary stories about Toronto.
In October we celebrated Drop Everything and Read Day and Canadian School Library Day on October 24th. We wore our pajamas and the whole school read after lunch! It was a great way to celebrate literacy in our community.
We also had some book tastings in the library with Division 3 and 4 this month. Students completed a five course genre menu and “tasted” a variety of books. They noticed how calm and focussed they were. They also noticed that they now want to try reading some new genres.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a great summer. This summer I spent a lot of time in the garden and have lately been enjoying some of my delicious tomatoes!
Another highlight this summer was our family trip to Mexico. We watched baby sea turtles hatch on the beach and make their way to the ocean.
And then the next night during dinner, a mama sea turtle came up to the beach and laid 97 eggs! It was awe inspiriing. In the morning we found her tracks in the sand.
And, of course, I did a lot of reading. I found myself really enjoying mysteries this summer and some new graphic novels, too.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all next week and finding out what you did this summer. What was your favourite read? What wishes do you have for reading and the library this year? What do you want to learn? What do you wonder about? The library and I are here for you. Can’t wait to see what we discover together and the stories we tell.
In April of 2022, divisions 3 and 4 began a project in the library that began with Earth Day. We asked the students to create stories about how to take care of the earth using stop motion animation. First we played with the app, Stop Motion Studio, and learned how to create stories using loose parts and stop motion. Then students created a story map with a partner around our Earth Day theme. Next students created their stop motion animation movie. After it was complete they imported it into iMovie and added some slides. Finally we watched all their movies and the students provided feedback to one another as well as doing their own self assessment. It was hard work, but fun! We hope you enjoy their movies.
Summer is here and it’s time for the Summer Reading Club at Burnaby Public Library and all libraries in BC. I encourage all families to visit the library virtually or in person this summer. Reading throughout the summer is important for all of us – students, teachers and parents. It’s a great time to take a book outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Happy reading everyone!
How did we get here? We began by watching some amazing stop motion films and thinking about the stories they tell. Click here to view a collection that includes professional and student made films.
Then we asked ourselves questions like: What stories do we want to share?Who are our characters? Where are they? What is the setting? What is the problem?
Students had time to play and experiment before they created a storyboard for their final project. They presented their storyboard ideas to the group for feedback and then they began making their movies.
Using loose parts and other materials from the Story Studio, students created their characters and sets. They used the StopMo app on their iPads and then used iMovie to add titles, music and sound effects.