Thursday, September 21, 2017

New Books for Fall 2017

Check out these great new titles!

Picture Books

Frankie by Mary Sullivan
The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra by Marc Tyler Nobleman
Shy by Deborah Freedman
Baabwaa and Wooliam by David Elliot
Moo Moo in a Tutu by Tim Miller
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Easy Reader

Charlie and Mouse by Laurel Snyder
Snail and Worm Again by Tina Kogler
Fergus and Zeke by Kate Messner
Annie and Simon: Banana Muffins and Other Stories by Catharine O'Neill

Graphic Novel

Knife's Edge by Hope Larson
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Making Scents by Arthur Yorinks
Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age by Jeffrey Brown
If Found, Please Return to Elise Gravel by Elise Gravel
Dinosaur Empire by Abby Howard
Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner

Fiction

Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson
Rebellion of Thieves (A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure #2) by Kekla Magoon
The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop
The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
How to Capture an Invisible Cat by M.A. Larson
The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby

Dorothy's List Books

The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner
The Poet's Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Soar by Joan Bauer
The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard 
Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John Davis Anderson
The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw by Mark Crilley

Nonfiction

Exotics by Domini Brown
Great Horned Owls by Christina Leaf
White-Tailed Deer by Chris Bowman
Moose by Megan Borgert-Spaniol
The Lewis and Clark Expedition by Teresa Domnauer

Young Adult

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne




Thursday, September 14, 2017

Computers in the Real World

Our seventh and eight grade elective this trimester is all about Computers in the Real World--those things that the average Joe should know about how computers, networks, and programs work together to do the things we want computers to do.

We started by taking apart older computer towers, removing the parts and labeling the major components. The kids did an excellent job, some removing all of the components until there was nothing left but an empty metal shell (convenient for recycling!).

The students will write a reflection on how the components work together to perform the input/output functions of computing.