Friday, February 1, 2019

Monthly Makerspace...Making Awesome Sauce!

One of our Red Clover Award-nominated books is Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee. In addition to telling a little about his life, the book explains how Chef Roy combined flavors--salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and savory--to create his famous Korean BBQ Awesome Sauce.

For our monthly makerspace activity, first and second graders combined flavors to make their own Awesome Sauce! Using salt, maple syrup (sweet), apple cider vinegar (sour), decaffeinated coffee (bitter), and low sodium soy sauce (savory/umami), they made three different versions of a sauce, trying with each version to make it better.

Students could use no more than 5 drops of each flavor

They recorded how many drops they added of each flavor in each of their trials

Most of the students' first attempts were not very tasty...
Angel and August weren't too sure about their first trial!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

New Books for Winter 2018-19!

Check out these chillin' new titles!

Picture Books

Neither by Airlie Anderson
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle
Giraffe Problems by Jory John
Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost
Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
Petra by Marianna Coppo
Shelter by Céline Claire
Dude! by Aaron Reynolds

Easy Reader

Fergus and Zeke at the Science Fair by Kate Messner

Graphic Novel

Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian by Jacob Sager Weinstein
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell


The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin
You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly


Eat This! How Fast-Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and How to Fight Back) by Andrea Curtis
My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth by Ann Turner

Young Adult

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch: At the Edge of Empire by Daniel Kraus
Someday by David Levithan
Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn't Over by Amy Bleuel
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynne Barnes

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Inquiry-Based Learning with Second Grade!

As part of our weekly Tech Time (and also incorporating library times), 2nd grade will be embarking on a long-term inquiry-based project around a topic of their choosing. This project was developed as part of a UVM course I am taking this semester called Inquiry and Technology, and involves the development of information literacy and technology skills. I'm sharing the slideshow I developed as part of my course--please let me know if you have any questions or comments!