Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018-19 Iowa Children's Choice Awards Books

I'm so excited to start reading the 2018-19 Iowa Children's Choice Awards (ICCA) books. Look for an exciting challenge coming in the fall!

The books are:
Allie, First at Last
by Angela Cervantes

Brave Like My Brother
by Marc Tyler Nobleman

The Contract
by Derek Jeter

Counting Thyme
by Melanie Conklin

The Distance to Home
By Jenn Bishop

Garvey’s Choice
by Nikki Grimes

Liberty
by Kirby Larson
The Map Trap
by Andrew Clements

A Million Ways Home
by Dianna Dorisi-Winget

Masterminds
by Gordon Korman

Moo
by Sharon Creech

The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story
by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Rescue on the Oregon Trail
by Kate Messner

The Sasquatch Escape
by Suzanne Selfors

Save Me a Seat
by Sarah Weeks

Some Kind of Courage
by Dan Gemeinhart

Tiger Boy
by Mitali Perkins

Unidentified Suburban Object
by Mike Jung

Wish

by Barbara O’Connor

You can check out Book Trailers for the books here.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mrs. Speer Reading Log 5.30.18

This week I've started reading... 

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed [Genre: Realistic Fiction]
Book Scavengers by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and illustrator Sarah Watts [Genre: Adventure]

This month I finished... 
Pax by Jon Klassen [Genre: Animals, Adventure] I gave it 4 Stars
Once Upon a Crime {The Sisters Grimm series} by Michael Buckley [Genre: Science Fiction] I gave it 4 Stars
Sink or Swim: A Novel of WWII by Steve Watkins [Genre: Historical Fiction]  I gave it 5 Stars

With my boys I've been reading...
If You're Happy and You Know It (Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Clubhouse)
Steam Train, Dream Train 1-2-3 written by Sherri Duskey Rinker & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Time for Bed by Mem Fox, illustrated by Jane Dyer
Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by Kimberly & James Dean

Check out my rating system here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Norway STEAM Lab Tour

Check out this virtual tour of our Norway STEAM Lab. See if you can find your favorite tools and tech!

https://roundme.com/tour/269415/view/821174

Norway Summer Reading Challenge

I'm issuing a reading challenge to soon-to-be Norway 5th and 6th grade
students! You choose the books, you set your goal, and have FUN reading!

I will be challenging myself to read as well, I hope you'll tell me about some
great books in August and ask what I read. You can also follow me on
Instagram (@mrsbspeer), on this doc or here on my blog.
Here are 2 books I just purchased for my summer reading.

Copies were sent home with all current 4th and 5th grade students. You may
print a new copy here. Please email Mrs. Speer if you need the password for
the Grant Wood AEA Online Resources.

PRIZES:
Turn in your sheet to Mrs. Speer in August:

  • Any 5 squares - Choose a level 1 prize (i.e. color-changing pencil)
  • Any 10 squares - Choose a level 2 prize (i.e. Sit with a different class at lunch)
  • Any 15 squares - Ice Cream Sundae party in the library

If you want to share your summer reading adventures on social media, use the

hastag #norwayreads

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

6Ja National Parks Research Projects

National Parks Research Project


Priority Standards address in this project:
21.6-8.TL.1 Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of
innovative technology products and problem solving.
*I can work individually and collaboratively to create and display, publish, or
perform products.
*I can create and share new ideas and products related to curriculum content.
21.6-8.TL.3 Plan strategies utilizing digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use
information.
*I can locate and utilize information from a variety of sources.
21.6-8.TL.5 Understand the legal and ethical issues of technology as related
to individuals, cultures, and societies.
*I can use copyrighted materials responsibly.

6F National Parks Research Projects

National Parks Research Project


Priority Standards address in this project:
21.6-8.TL.1 Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and development of
innovative technology products and problem solving.
*I can work individually and collaboratively to create and display, publish, or
perform products.
*I can create and share new ideas and products related to curriculum content.
21.6-8.TL.3 Plan strategies utilizing digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use
information.
*I can locate and utilize information from a variety of sources.
21.6-8.TL.5 Understand the legal and ethical issues of technology as related
to individuals, cultures, and societies.
*I can use copyrighted materials responsibly.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

6D National Parks Research Projects

National Parks Research Project


Priority Standards address in this project:
21.6-8.TL.1 Demonstrate creative thinking in the design and
development of innovative technology products and problem solving.
*I can work individually and collaboratively to create and display,
publish, or perform products.
*I can create and share new ideas and products related to
curriculum content.
21.6-8.TL.3 Plan strategies utilizing digital tools to gather, evaluate,
and use information.
*I can locate and utilize information from a variety of sources.
21.6-8.TL.5 Understand the legal and ethical issues of technology
as related to individuals, cultures, and societies.
*I can use copyrighted materials responsibly.