Kids World

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

The Marvels by Brian Selznick book cover: purple with gold designs of a ship, moon, flying birdsFirst, in pictures, learn the amazing history of a lone shipwreck survivor, taken in by a theatre family and turned into a multi-generation acting legacy. Then, in words, follow a young runaway boy find his estranged uncle who lives in a strangely preserved historic house. Finally, discover the shocking facts that tie these two stories together and why sometimes fiction is more honest than truth.

This title is recommended for curious readers in grades 4-6 who enjoy multi-layered plotlines and a touch of wonder.

Find The Marvels  in the Library.

Brittany, Kids World

Let's Make a Movie: Stop Motion Animation

Yesterday a group of third thru sixth graders spent the day at Eisenhower Library learning about stop motion animation and creating their own videos using Eisenhower ipads.

This is their first group project where groups worked on different scenes and then we put all the scenes together to create a complete story. This is their take on the traditional "The Three Little Pigs" and is called simply "The Three Little Dinosaurs."

 

After the large group project, everyone broke into smaller groups and began to create their own videos. They built their own sets, came up with their own plot lines and characters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Scores from Battle 5

Battle of the Books 2015-2016 Final Scores: Union Ridge-325, St Monica Blue-315, St Eugene-302, St Monica White-300, Pennoyer-266. Giles-209, Leigh-208Congratulations to all of the teams for a great Battle season!

There was quite a bit of movement in the leaderboard these last two battles. Many of the scores were quite close. Each team should feel proud of their efforts.

Union Ridge comes in first place with St. Monica Blue finishing in second and St. Eugene in third. 

We look forward to seeing all of the teams at the Battle Award Ceremony on Wednesday, April 6th starting at 4:00pm. Trophies will be awarded during the Battle Award Ceremony for these top three ranking teams, while the players on every team will receive a Certificate of Participation.

We are pleased to welcome author, Chris Rylander, as our guest speaker at the Ceremony. All submissions of pre-orders for books were due yesterday; however, a limited quantity will be available for purchase on the day of the program.

We hope to see you there!

Firebird written by Misty Copeland

Firebird book cover: chose an african american ballerina in mid leap“even birds must learn to fly
like me, you’ll grow steady in grace
spread an arabesque of wings
and climb”

Misty Copeland is the first African American female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. In her first picture book, a young girl looks at a successful ballerina, intimidated by thoughts that she can never be as great. The successful ballerina, in turn, assures the novice that with work, she can be great, too. After all, weren’t we all beginners once?

Beautifully illustrated with torn paper and paint collages, reading this title is an inspiring visual dance. Firebird is suitable for every age of dreamer, most highly recommended for those just beginning their journey in a specific passion.

Find Firebird in the Library.

Brittany, Kids World

Battle 3 Recap

Battle Scores after battle 3: Union Ridge-214, St Monica White-193, St Eugene-181, St Monica Blue-180, Pennoyer-171, Leigh-141, Giles-123At this midpoint in the Battle Competition, there has been some movement in the leaderboards. Keep up the great work!

A few points were given out for a sucessful challenge from Battle 2. These points were added to the scores of Battle 3. Congratulations goes out to those teams.

Quite a few challenges were made in Battle 3. These are currently being evaluated. If points are awarded, they will be given out at the start of Battle 4.

Remember, for those wishing to pre-order books for the Award Ceremony Author Signing, please turn in the order form and payment before Battle 4 or during the break.

See everyone next week!

Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewart

Mummy Cat by ewart book cover shows a mummified cat coming out of a decorative box"A cat who moves without a breath: a mummy cat, who's passed through death."

Mummy Cat loved his owner Hat-shup-set more than anything else. However that was all in the past. Currently, Mummy Cat is a mummy himself, roaming alone in the pyramid where his human was laid to rest. Recounting fond memories of what's really important in life and the bond they shared, Mummy Cat waits for his lonely time to be over.

Mummy Cat is a book that approaches the harsh topic of death in a gentle and educational manner. Told through historical fact (with a twist of fiction) it tells a beautiful story about love and friendship that’s easy to identify with. While not its’ intended purpose, Mummy Cat is also an opportunity to open a dialog between parent and child about the basic concepts of this life-changing event that affects us all.  A brief overview in the back reveals how mummies were made and their importance in ancient Egyptian culture, along with a hieroglyph search and guide. Mummy Cat is a multifaceted book for several reasons, and a sweet tale for any age to enjoy.

Find Mummy Cat in the Library

Naomi, Kids World

Battle 2 Recap

New overall totals scores after battle 2: Union Ridge-137, St. Monica White-124, St. Eugene-123, St. Monica Blue-115, Pennoyer-105, Giles-99, Leigh-97Congratulations go to the teams for a well played Battle 2. Overall, scores remain very close, which will make the next few Battles quite exciting. Be sure to look over any books your team might be struggling to answer questions for so that you don't miss out on the opportunities for more points.

No points were given for challenges made in Battle 1. Challenges to questions made in Battle 2 are being evaluated. If points are awarded, they will be added to Battle 3's scores.

A word of caution: warning eggs were given out last week. With the scores remaining very tight, do not run the risk of losing points. Make sure your team volume remains at Battle level, and each teammate exhibits sportsmanlike conduct not only to other teams, but with your fellow team members as well.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

Blackbird Fly book cover: image shows 2 rows of lockers, in the middle aisle with back towards viewer is a figure with long hair with a backpack and guitar wearing a t-shirt and jeansApple has a few problems. She wants to be a rock star like her hero, George Harrison of The Beatles, but her Filipino immigrant mother is dead set against it. Playing the guitar and not studying after school is “too American.” But nothing can be “too American” for Apple when her so called friends drop her after her name ends up on her middle school’s infamous Dog Log: a list of the ugliest girls in school. If only her friends didn’t turn on her, if only she could fit in, if only she could follow her dreams to become a musician… then maybe life would be easier. Or maybe finding a new friend or two and uncovering bits of her mother’s secret past will make life as sweet as apple pie.

This title is recommended for any and all readers in grades 5-7, especially those with a fondness for The Beatles.

Find Blackbird Fly in the Library

Brittany, Kids World

Battle 1 Recap

Battle 1 scores: Union Ridge-68, St. Eugene-61, St. Monica White-58, St. Monica Blue-51, Giles-50, Pennoyer-43, Leigh-40We are off to a very promising start. with only 28 points between the first an last place team, all team's have the potential to take first place. Congratulations to all battle players.

The scores from Battle 1 will be added to the scores from the upcoming Battles. It is the highest overall total from all five battles that will take back to their school the first place trophy.

There were 4 challenges made in round 2 of Battle 1. The questions and answers will be looked at closely. Any additional points awarded will be added to the Battle 2 scores.

See you next week!

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