• Week 1: Scholastic Webcast: Mashup with Dav Pilkey and Jeff Kinney

    A lot of you love to draw, read comics, and love books in series. Well you are in luck. Two very famous authors/illustrators came together to meet students to perform a mashup for Scholastic featuring interviews with Jeff Kinney and Dav Pilkey. Watch as they talk about their work, their inspiration for writing stories and creating characters and the best part is when they are blindfolded and try to draw their characters and then...they try to draw each other’s characters. Even if you are not a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Captain Underpants, you will enjoy and laugh your way through this webcast. http://www.scholastic.com/kpwebcast/

    When you are done watching, you have 3 options:

    Practice drawing either one or both of the characters. If you want you can send me a picture of it through email or just hang it up where your family can see it.

    Start writing and drawing your own graphic novel or character. You can make it your very own original character or write a story featuring your favorite book character from any book you like. You don’t need to write an entire book but a couple of pages might just inspire you to think about a career as an artist, illustrator, or author.

    Login to Tumblebooks and read a graphic novel of your choice. Videos and directions are here. https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYeoVoxyZo

    I bet your classroom teacher would like to see what you are working on too.

    Mrs. B's main class website: https://www.mountainsideschools.org/Page/843


    Ongoing Reading Incentive B.E.A.R. Bingo (Be Excited About Reading)

    Note: This is an on-going special incentive program (in addition to our regularly scheduled lessons and assignments) to keep our children and families reading and experiencing and appreciating a variety of literature.

    We are, and remain, Beechwood Bears.

    While you are stuck at home, try our B.E.A.R. Bingo reading incentive game.

    Complete 4 activities in a row for Bingo.

    Have parents initial each box you have completed.

    Take a picture and email it to me dbladzinski@mountainsideschools.org when you get bingo.

    Keep your B.E.A.R. Bingo board and return it to me at school when Beechwood classes resume.

    Reading online definitely counts, too.

    Remember, B.E.A.R. stands for Be Excited About Reading!

    If you read a book you especially liked send me an email so I can consider getting it for our Beechwood School Library.

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    Week 2

    Students will respond via Flipgrid about a nonfiction book in their house and what section (hundreds) of the Dewey Decimal system they think it belongs in

    In the past two months we have been working on learning about the Dewey Decimal System and the way books are sorted and organized in most libraries. We have played the popsicle stick Kaboom game with our Dewey sheets and have gone on a Dewey Scavenger Hunt.

    For your library lesson this week, I would like you to watch this fabulous Powtoon of the 10 sections of the Dewey Decimal System. Unfortunately, the only audio is a music track so you have to read each screen. If you find you need help, ask a willing adult or older sibling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZq_vcqgTkA

    After watching the instructional video, please look around your house for 1 or 2 nonfiction books. It’s ok if it’s a book for adults, too because we will not actually be reading the book (unless you want to, of course) but you will make a Flipgrid video response (on your classroom teacher’s page under Special Area Teachers topic) showing me the book(s) you chose and telling me the Dewey Decimal number and section it would belong in. For example if I had a book about dinosaurs, I would show it and say it belongs in the 500s Natural Sciences.

    If you need help or suggestions, please reach out to me via email or phone. Have fun learning and remember when our schools and libraries reopen you will have the skills to find lots of good nonfiction in almost any library. Keep up the good work.