Here is the link to the Friendswood Public Library summer reading program. Sign up begins June 1st! There will be prizes and TONS of activities all summer long. Please, please keep your kiddos reading! The public library is a great place to keep kids motivated.
I can't believe it's already May...what a crazy year! I was looking back at where we started and the growth I see in these incredible children is amazing. When I look at what we have accomplished in technology class and Makerspace I feel so proud. The teachers we have here at Westwood are the best! They work SO hard with our children and they make my job so much better!
I am also thankful for our principal and her vision. Without Mrs. Moffitt's vision, this transformation of our media center would not have happened. She had a dream and it is coming true!
Also, Mrs. Zavala is one of the hardest working people I know. She is so loving and kind to the children and they LOVE coming to see her in the library. She is a blessing to me and my job also.
I guess what I'm trying to say is THANK YOU TEACHERS! During this teacher appreciation week, please know what you mean to the kids, the parents and to your fellow co-workers. You make our school the BEST!
Happy spring! We are working hard in makerspace and technology class this month. We are learning how to use the green screen and using it to record the teachers doing read alouds for the kids in the gym in the mornings. They love it. It is so quiet in there when they are listening to the story.
I have been working with some second graders on a 3D construction website. We are going to begin 3D printing their creations next week. They are super excited about it!
THANK YOU FOR ALL THE MILK JUGS AND RECYCLABLE ITEMS. WE ARE SPRING CLEANING NOW, SO WE ARE GOING TO STOP COLLECTING THESE UNTIL NEXT YEAR.
Don't forget to bring in your change...we want Mrs. Moffitt to kiss a pig at Round Up! Round Up is April 29th.
We have been having so much fun in makerspace this week. We are creating with the magnaformers, the blocks and the legos. The kids are still so fun to visit with about how they are building and solving problems with their plans. I love having these conversations with them in the media center. I LOVE my job!
We also got to celebrate Mrs. Moffitt this week! She is the elementary principal of the year for FISD! We are so proud of her and so lucky to have her on this campus. She is the heart of our school and we love her!
Have a safe and happy spring break! Can't wait to see those smiling faces on March 20th!
Look at all these amazing pictures! Our Read Across America Day was a HUGE success! We had Cat in the Hats and Cindy Lo's and Grinches in makerspace this morning! We had guest readers from Friendswood ISD and from Bales. We even had Mrs. Moffitt on the roof reading first thing in the morning! Yes! On the roof! What an amazing day!
We have been doing a lot of things in the library this week! The kids are enjoying the new stations in makerspace this week. We are starting to use Blueprints and Blocks which is a building station that I wrote a grant for and received last week! The kids have different levels of "blueprints" that they can build from. We've also added more things to do with the Ozobots and of course our magnaformers and B-bots remain super popular!
One thing I learned about at the TCEA conference I attended was ideas for our awesome 3D printer. Here are some things the kids and I tried this week. Check back for more!
We also used Skype in my second grade classes this week to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. We skyped with author Sean Fay Wolfe and the students loved it. They learned what it takes to become a writer and that they ALL could do it! What a great week!
Good morning! It's the last day of January and LOVE is in the air...we are enjoying all the Valentine cards you have been sending. The students are already enjoying making cards for their family and friends.
I'm also including some pictures of second graders making their own mazes (all around the library) for the B-Bots to go through. They are getting good at coding them to move the way they want them to. It's so neat to see.
Our new coding tool this week is called an Ozobot. It is a teeny-tiny circle robot. The kids are exploring what it can do this week. It is coded by using different colors and patterns. Pretty cool!
We are going to start gluing our igloo this week...stay tuned for pictures! Happy Tuesday!
We are going to be using Valentine cards in Maker Space the next two weeks. I would love to have a TON of cards for the kids to make their own Valentines for the friends and family. If you are able to donate a box or two, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
*Also, please keep sending in those milk cartons!
We had several new stations this week in Maker Space. The students are loving the number app from Osmo. They have to create numbers to "pop" the bubbles and get fish into their pond. So fun!
We also are using the B-bot this week. The kids are trying to get it through the maze by coding its moves.
The students are also making bookmarks with popsicle sticks. Look at the cool super heroes and minions!
Of course, our Lego wall is always busy as well. One of the challenge cards this week is to build an upside down house. Isn't it good?
*Remember we are collecting milk jugs to build our igloo. We still need BUNCHES!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas break! It was so good to see all the kids today...they were so excited to come to Maker Space this morning. There's nothing better than hearing the kids laugh and learn to make your day be great! Here are some pictures I took this morning. Enjoy! Happy 2017!
I am Amy Boyer, media integration specialist at Westwood Elementary. I teach technology and run the library at a K-2 campus.