• A Winter Library

    Posted by Devon Tarewicz on 1/17/2020 4:00:00 PM

    The library is winter themed and ready for lessons about hibernation, polar mammals, Coretta Scott King award winning books, and research on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  


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  • Internet Safety / Digital Citizens

    Posted by Devon Tarewicz on 1/10/2020 4:00:00 PM

    We have officially completed our first full week back after winter break.  This week, K-4 students have been learning about online safety.   We had a lot of great discussions about how students use the internet and how to be a good digital citizen.  We covered topics like cyberbullying, private information, passwords, computer safety, online etiquette, online gaming, media balance, and online strangers.  


    Here are some tips from Common Sense Media for parents: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/video/advice/privacy-and-internet-safety


    Next week students in grades 2-4 will be showing what they learned by creating digital posters, educational comic strips, and Google Slides presentations.

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  • Hour of Code

    Posted by Devon Tarewicz on 12/13/2019 4:00:00 PM

    This week kindergarten through third grade students participated in hour of code during their technology/research class.  The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching millions of students over 180 countries.  The objective is to introduce students to computer science and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming.  I began the lesson by sharing some great coding books our library has and giving a basic introduction to computer programming.  Our students had so much fun creating programs, learning loops, debugging programs, and more!  

    Hour of Code Video



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  • Dictionary Fun

    Posted by Devon Tarewicz on 12/6/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Our third graders were each given their very own dictionary from the Lion's Club.  I taught students the purposes of using a dictionary and the parts of a dictionary entry:  entry word, pronunciation, part of speech, definition.  To apply what they learned, I read the first few pages of Harry Potter and we highlighted some difficult words:  chortle, craning, gossip, shudder, and flutter.  Students were put into groups and had to find their word in the dictionary and deconstruct the meaning.  Groups read the definition of their word and then acted out the word to help increase understanding.  All groups did a fantastic job!  I hope they continue to reference the dictionary as they find new words during their reading.




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  • Goose Chase

    Posted by Devon Tarewicz on 11/25/2019 9:00:00 AM

    I am a big advocate of using technology to enhance my teaching and my students' learning.  I love learning about the latest educational technologies and how other teachers and librarians are using them.  One of my favorite new applications I discovered this year is Goose Chase.  A Goose Chase is just what it sounds like:  a scavenger hunt, but enhanced with technology!  I create my Goose Chase by adding missions I want my students to complete. Depending on the mission, I choose whether students will submit a photo, a video, a text response.  I can attest to how engaging and exciting this can make an everyday lesson.  I tell the students to focus on communication, collaboration, and creativity with their team to complete the missions.  Here are some pictures from a third grade library Goose Chase.

    Third grade "goose chaser" students

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  • Breakout EDU / Dewey

    Posted by Devon Tarewicz on 11/15/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Third grade students have been learning about the Dewey Decimal System and how the library is organized.  To practice these skills, students were divided into teams and given a list of nonfiction call numbers they needed to find to unlock a lock from the Breakout EDU kit.  Each team had a different lock - color lock, letter lock, key lock, directional lock, 3 digit lock, 4 digit lock.  Students would find a clue inside the book if they could locate it by Dewey call number.  Some of the clues were written in invisible ink and could only be seen with a special flashlight.  Other clues needed a red screen to reveal the clue.  Every class got every lock open and were rewarded with Dewey bookmarks!

    Lorane students looking up books using the Dewey Decimal System


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  • Research/Augmented Reality

    Posted by Devon Tarewicz on 11/1/2019 4:00:00 PM

    First grade students had fun this week researching pumpkins and how they are harvested, and then using augmented reality to bring a drawn jack-o-lantern to life.

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  • Kinders in the Library

    Posted by Devon Tarewicz on 10/25/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Kindergarten students have learned about the library procedures, book care, shelf organization, author/illustrator jobs, fiction and nonfiction, and much more so far this year.  I am so proud of how responsible our kindergarten students have been with returning books on their library days and taking care of our bookshelves.  They do this by using their shelf marker to save their spot while they decide of they like the book they selected or not.  I see almost every student earnestly looking at the inside of the book to determine interest before they check out rather than select a book by the cover with no idea of the text/illustration layout inside.  Keep up the great work, kindergarten!

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  • New Books

    Posted by Devon Tarewicz on 10/18/2019 4:00:00 PM

    This week, our classes finished their book tastings.  Students got to sample some NEW books that are finally available for checkout.  The library started the year without an aide, so it took longer than normal for the new books to be processed since I am teaching 7 classes every day and only have a little time each day to work on them.  The new books had to be stamped with the Lorane stamp, adorned with spine labels to designate genre, easy nonfiction, etc., and many call numbers needed to be changed in our online catalog and re-labeled to match the Dewey call numbers in our library.  A big thank you to our everyone who helped get these books ready:  substitutes and aides, our wonderful secretaries, Mrs. Hemstreet and Mrs. Blankenstein, and even our new principal Mr. Isselmann! Our students LOVE these wonderful new books that we added to our collection-brand new novels and easy readers, nonfiction about exciting and relevant topics, the newest award winners, and the latest books in favorite series.

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  • Book Tasting

    Posted by Devon Tarewicz on 10/11/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Second through fourth grade students participated in a Book Tasting this week.  First, they had appetizers - short book trailers about different books and series that they may be interested in reading.  For the main course, students went to the tables and "sampled" books by different authors and in different genres.  They did picture walks, read a page, and filled out a "menu" about the books they sampled.  Many of the books were checked out that library class!


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