What better way to teach young people the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography than a half court-sized map of a continent or a classroom-sized state map on which they can explore, travel around, compete, collaborate and have lots of fun? DCS is so lucky to have our own map that is available for check-out one week at a time. The map is mostly free the remainder of this school year, so if you would like to reserve just email Sedley to check for availability.
Although the lesson ideas are for K-5, a number of our middle schools hosted the map this year as well. We are also looking to include high schools in the rotation next year if requested. Sue and Libby are pros at using the giant map, so they are excellent resources for lesson ideas at all grade levels!
Recently, Tina Heitman hosted the Giant Map at Davis-Townsend. She and digital learning coach, Libby Ferrell, collaborated on lessons for grades K-5. Tina kindly shared her lessons for this blog post. Supplementary materials are available in this Google Drive folder:
K-1 (20 minutes) Letterland
M=Mountains, C=Charlotte, P=Piedmont, A=Asheboro, O=Ocean, S=Salisbury, L=Lexington,
B=Boone, G= Greensboro, K=Kitty Hawk, W=Winston-Salem, R=Raleigh
2nd (20 minutes) Compass Rose, Map Symbols 2.G.1.1, 2.G.1.2
Introduce students to the cardinal directions on the compass rose, map legend with symbols, and ask them to notice the size of the text. Why are some cities spelled with smaller/larger text? This is based on the population of the city!
Each partner group will complete one of the below challenges:
3rd (20 minutes) Relative/Absolute Locations: Introduce the map by having students to walk its perimeter.
4th Grade (1 hour) NC Role in Major Conflicts and Wars (Revolutionary & Civil Wars)
5th Grade (30 minutes) GooseChase
GooseChase game link- https://gsch.se/game/703adc3470b74139b02bf5d17630ddd1/share/
For more questions about these lessons, please email Tina Heitman at tinaheitman@dav...
Readers are leaders in Davidson County! Thursday, March 21st, all 18 elementary schools met at Denton Elementary to compete in the annual Battle of the Books Competition. Students read books from the official list of titles and answered questions with matching titles and authors. Each team competed 6 times each for a total of 54 rounds.
This year's competition focused on community service. Teams collected pet food and made hundreds of dog toys out of old t-shirts to distribute to local civic organizations in the "makerspace" sponsored by the Davidson County Public Library Bookmobile. Ron Bellini from Davidson County Senior Services also shared that helps to feed the pets of our senior Meals on Wheels participants. This program is by donation only, and Mr. Bellini thanked students for their contributions.
Students were excited to receive a personalized video message from BOB author, Barbara O'Connor. When O'Connor announced that DCS had purchased each BOB student an autographed copy of her book WISH, the students went WILD!
First place went to first year SLMC Julie Faria and her team from Friendship Elementary! Tied for 2nd place was Davis-Townsend (Tina Heitman) and Fair Grove (Rebecca Condon). Reeds Elementary (Tracy Varner) came in third.
An estimated 45o people were in attendance. Many students and parents remarked about how much fun the day was. A special thanks goes out to Dr. Kelsey Greer and staff from Denton Elementary for hosting our event and to the Denton PTO for providing concessions for sale for our more than 200 parents and family members. This event also could not have been possible without the support of many DCS staff members and community volunteers.
The list for next year's eBOB competition can be found here: 2019-2020 eBOB list
School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. More about the history of School Library Month.
The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library and the 2019 spokesperson is Dav Pilkey.
For banner art, printable posters and a calendar of events, click here to access the toolkit via AASL: http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm
The PSA can be shared across social media and other electronic means via YouTube.
Members of the media and public are welcome to embed the School Library Month Video with Dav Pilkey within web based platforms (i.e., websites, social media, blogs) provided that no alterations are made and that the posting is for educational, noncommercial purposes only.
Readers are Leaders in Davidson County Schools! The district middle school Battle of the Books competition was held Thursday, March 14th at the auditorium at the Historic Cecil School Building in downtown Lexington. All 7 middle schools were represented. Students read books from a list of 27 titles and competed with each team in 12 question rounds.
SLMC Stacy Morgan led her team from Oak Grove to first place. Ledford Middle (Angie Laycock) came in second with North Middle (Kristi Allred) a close third.
Students, coaches and volunteers enjoyed a pizza party courtesy of the Davidson County Public Library immediately following the competition.
Oak Grove will move on to the regional competition in Summerfield on Friday, April 5th.
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