This year in addition to our Halloween decorations, I decided to create a mystery display to go along with them. I showcased some of our favorite mysteries in the library with footprints to lead students to the media center where they can check them out.
At our first meeting, I created activities for us to get to know one another better so that we are more comfortable sharing thoughts during our book discussions. We started with the Wonderball Know It All. For this activity, the group created a circle. Students took turns throwing a beach ball with numbers on it to each other. When they caught it, they called out the number nearest their right thumb. I read out the corresponding question to them to answer. I was able to gather some great information on the personality of the kids on questions such as, “What is your biggest phobia?”, “On a scale of 1-10, how hip are you?”, and “What is something you couldn’t live without?”. Another activity was to create a Google Drawing of themselves using the effects on Photofunia.com to reflect their personality. Below are some of the results. I think they were very creative and did a great job! I’m looking forward to a great year with a very unique group of Book Club members.
With over 10,000 fiction books to choose from, it’s sometimes overwhelming for students to find just the right book. To make this process easier, I’ve divided the fiction section by genre. Our books are divided into Sports Fiction, Graphic Novels, Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction, Horror, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Adventure, and Fantasy genres. To figure out which genre best matches a student, I developed a short quiz to help narrow down areas of interest. The Fiction Genre Quiz has no scientific basis; it’s just for fun. Hopefully it will give students a starting place when searching for a good book. Huge thanks to for sharing her quiz so I could edit with our genres.
Join us in the media center this Friday for activities supporting Georgia STEM Day! I’ve got classes scheduled all day for balloon rockets, the spaghetti tower challenge, floating ping pong balls, the airplane distance and accuracy challenge, hovercrafts, the tin foil boat challenge, and much more.
Last week, we placed the word cloud banner with names of all our 8th grade students on the wall outside the media center. Each year I see groups of students gathered around determined to find their name. I hear our students in 6th and 7th grade talking about how much they will miss these 8th graders. Teachers give hugs to students who will be leaving us and help to reminisce about the good times here at WJMS. We are proud of your accomplishments and celebrate your advancement to a new chapter in your lives. Congratulations WJMS class of 2015….you will be missed!