Author Archives: Dottie Smay

Our Personal Experiences + Collaboration = Knowledge for Students

Our second grade teachers do a yearly unit on landmarks and since I attend their grade level meetings, I made a suggestion last year to read the story about Hachicko -the true story of a loyal dog- to all of … Continue reading

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Keep Your “Maker” Dream Alive…

Four years ago, I started an afterschool maker club. The concept of a “Maker Space” was fairly new and only 3 students signed up. The minimum was 6, but since the director believed that this was a valuable program, she … Continue reading

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Florida Maps-Cartographers & Makerspaces

What a great idea one of my third grade teachers had this year. Since her class was doing a research project about Florida she divided them into groups and they each had a specific topic to learn about and then … Continue reading

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“Worms” In Literature and Beyond…

Last year one of the books on the list for the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award books was The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks. The story is about a boy who spends lots of time outdoors with animals and who … Continue reading

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Need a Chair for Goldilocks?…Who Are You Going to Call???

We called on the Kindergarten students to help solve this problem. After reading the classic “Goldilocks and the Three Bears“, students were asked to design and build the perfect chair that Goldilocks would be able to sit on comfortably. Since … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Students Enjoy Circuits !

It all started with a New Year’s Resolution…one of my K teachers asked her students to think of something they wanted to learn more about in 2017. When school started in January, she made a list of what they resolved … Continue reading

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Making a List … and Checking it Twice ????

You may want to add these two titles on yours: Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects (Build, Invent, Create, Discover) foreward by Jack Andraka, published by DK Smithsonian, 2016. Steam-makers: fostering creativity and innovation in the Elementary Classroom by Jacie … Continue reading

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WHAT DO YOU DO…WHEN THEY WANT GOO??

It is all about timing..that is for sure..a few weeks ago I received 2 boxes of new books. I opened them up like a child on Christmas morning and flipped through the pages of some of them. I did not … Continue reading

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Reading Promotion Events

After reading several articles on one of our main goals as teacher librarians to teach our students a love of reading, I felt one, in particular (TL June 2016), had some food for thought. One of our goals is for … Continue reading

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Lions, Tigers, and Cheetahs ? Oh, My…

                                                   (a mosquito) What happens when K students visit the makerspace to create a project about … Continue reading

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