<![CDATA[Library Media @ Ducketts Lane - Home]]>Tue, 15 Dec 2015 10:12:00 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Hour of Code´╗┐]]>Mon, 14 Dec 2015 19:16:06 GMThttp://dleslibrary.weebly.com/home/hour-of-code1Picture
"Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science."

The Hour of Code began as a chance to expose students of all ages to computer science and to the process in which computer programmers create apps, websites, video games, and any other technology-integrated tool.

Every DLES student in grades K-5 once again had the opportunity to celebrate the Hour of Code during Library Media. Our students experienced some incredible learning and many were excited to continue exploring computer science through code.

Here are links to all of the resources we explored during Hour of Code plus lots more for you and your family to try out together. 

RESOURCES: Code Studio

Code Studio is the one-stop Hour of Code hub for all of your coding needs. Here you'll find courses that build and develop coding skills over several stages.
You'll also find several courses based on some of kids' favorite games and media.

REsources: star wars

The Star Wars course is your chance to build a galaxy with code. User learn basic coding through blocks or JavaScript and work toward coding their own Star Wars game!


The Minecraft course gives you the chance to explore the coding behind on of the world's most popular video games. Choose between Steve or Alex and explore all of your favorite aspects of Minecraft from the eyes of a game developer.

RESOURCES: Made with code (Google)

Google's Made with Code gives you a chance to explore how computer coding is used in even some of the most unexpected places, such as in 3-D printing and fashion. Check out their coding course with the characters from Disney's INSIDE OUT!
Happy coding!

Yours page by page, 

- Mr. Winner
<![CDATA[Poet and Writing One-Word Poems]]>Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:33:16 GMThttp://dleslibrary.weebly.com/home/poet-and-writing-one-word-poemsDon Tate's debut as both author and illustrator in Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Peachtree Publishers) is a story that was quickly treasured in our library. The beautiful text. The inspiring story. The historical importance of George Moses Horton's work.
If you haven't yet seen the book trailer for Poet, please take a moment to view it here.
Don Tate's art is beautiful and the words of Horton and his poems soar off the page. Here are some sample spreads from the book that we particularly enjoy.
Peachtree sent Mr. Winner two quills made from goose feathers and two packets of ink powder and we saw an opportunity to express our reactions to Poet through writing poems.
Students were given a feather and a cup of ink and were asked to write a one word poem as a reaction to the story and to the life and work of George Moses Horton.
Writing with a quill is a slow and deliberate process. It takes time and thought, but it also makes the writer feel very connected with the words they are writing.
The words students came up with included readingpoetslavecreativeperseveranceloveendurance, and freedom.
Every student wrote a word and the diversity of responses from class to class was impressive.
I am so proud of our 4th and 5th graders for the ways they communicated their connections with Poet. But I'm even more excited that this book as started a conversation that is still continuing.
That you, Mr. Tate, for sharing the incredible story of Mr. George Moses Horton with all of us!
Check out a copy of Poet: the Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton at our library!

Yours page and page,

- Mr. Winner
<![CDATA[Natural Disasters]]>Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:31:52 GMThttp://dleslibrary.weebly.com/home/natural-disastersOur 4th graders are doing research on natural disasters. It's going great and it's thrilling to see our students so excited about their learning. Our focus is on disaster preparedness and learning how we (and others around the world) can be safe in the event of a natural disaster.

Two of the resources we're using for research and concept exploration are Stop Disasters and Ready.gov's FEMA for Kids pages. 


Stop Disasters is a disaster simulation game that some students have become absolutely obsessed with. How great that so much learning can occur through playing video games!
Visit Stop Disasters to explore how disaster preparedness and playing disaster simulation games can strengthen our awareness and knowledge of how natural disasters affect people around the world.

FEMA for kids

FEMA for Kids is an exceptional resource for research and exploration. Our students used this site to learn more about what to do before, during, and after a natural disaster.
The students were assigned natural disasters to research, but had the opportunity to investigate other disasters after completing their research. The disasters our students were assigned were earthquakefloodtsunamiwildfire, and hurricane​.
There are two really great games on FEMA's site that our students are enjoying a whole lot. The first is called Disaster Master. In this 8-level game, players read a story (told in graphic novel format) and earn points based on how they choose to react in given situations. In Build a Kit players view a scene (a bedroom, a living room, a store) and select what items are the most important to take with you when evacuating a location.
We learn a lot through play, so it's no wonder this unit has connected so closely with our students. Happy playing and happy learning! (Also, good luck beating Mr. Winner's high scores on Stop Disasters! Can't wait to hear all about your epic wins!

Yours page by page,

- Mr. Winner and Mrs. Gardner
<![CDATA[The Dot Song with Emily Arrow]]>Sun, 06 Sep 2015 19:00:42 GMThttp://dleslibrary.weebly.com/home/the-dot-song-with-emily-arrowInternational Dot Day is celebrated each year on the 15th of September, which means it will be here before we know it.
The event celebrates global connections, self-discovery, and "making your mark". The idea of making your mark comes from The Dot by Peter Reynolds and this year around 3.5 million people of all ages will make their mark and see where it takes them this International Dot Day.
We'll be making lots of awesome connections over Skype and through dot-centered activities, but but one thing you can be sure of is that we'll all be singing The Dot Song by Emily Arrow.
Lucky for us, Emily has returned this year with two new versions of the song including a LIVE performance and a performance with hand motions. I can't think of a better way to involve our young readers and learners than through song and dance. Check out the videos below.
What a great way to make your mark and connect with others!

Happy International Dot Day, everyone! I can't wait to hear about all of the amazing connections you'll make!

Yours page by page, 

- Mr. Winner
<![CDATA[Author Josh Funk visits DLES]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:12:27 GMThttp://dleslibrary.weebly.com/home/author-josh-funk-visits-dlesJosh Funk (joshfunkbooks.com), debut author of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast visited our library on Monday to share his all new picture book with students. 
Both our 1st grade and 2nd grade Monday Library Media classes as well as the enitre Kindergarten team had the chance to hear Mr. Funk read his book aloud and talk to students about creating characters. 

He then showed us the manuscript and illustration mock-ups for his next picture book, Pira-saurs!
One of the favorite parts of the visit was getting to see the book trailer Mr. Funk created for Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, including an original song that he wrote!T
For more information about Mr. Funk, visit his website at www.joshfunkbooks.com. Look for a copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast at our library very soon, or request it from Howard County Library at our local branch.

Yours page by page, 

- Mr. Winner

PS: Mr. Funk and Mr. Winner wore very similar outfits on Monday! Check it out:

Spent the day sharing LADY PANCAKE & SIR FRENCH TOAST with @joshfunkbooks. Great day!

A photo posted by mwinne2 (@mwinne2) on

<![CDATA[DLES Students NameD a book!]]>Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:58:29 GMThttp://dleslibrary.weebly.com/home/dles-students-named-a-bookMr. Winner recently interviewed David Biedrzycki, author Breaking News: Bear Alert, for the Let's Get Busy podcast. During their conversation, Dave mentioned that he was having trouble coming up with a name for a sequel, so Mr. Winner offered to ask a couple of our DLES student for suggestions. 
After reading aloud Breaking News: Bear Alert to a 3rd grade class, the students came up with a great list of suggestions for sequel titles that we then tweeted to Dave.
Dave posted a book cover image (without a book title) to his Facebook page and asked his friends to suggest titles for the sequel as well. But then, a few weeks later, Mr. Winner was caught by surprise with the following email from Mr. Biedrzycki:
Hey Matthew, 
I just wanted you to know Bears to the Rescue won.
I would like to give your student mention on the inside credits.
Let me know your thoughts, 
My best, 
your buddy,
We named a book! And the students of DLES will be credited on the inside cover! Here's the cover reveal:
Break News: Bears to the Rescue will release some time in 2016, and you can bet we'll have copies in our DLES library!

Thanks for your help, DLES readers! I hope you're all enjoying an AWESOME summer so far!

Yours page by page, 

- Mr. Winner
<![CDATA[Food for Fines]]>Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:02:17 GMThttp://dleslibrary.weebly.com/home/food-for-finesWe understand that there are members of our DLES community who cannot afford to replace lost or damaged library materials. That's why we're introducing an opportunity for students who have lost materials to demonstrate responsibility while at the same time wiping their library account record clean.

Simply donate a canned or non-perishable food item (or several items) to the library media center between now and the end of the school year and we'll remove any fines that have incurred on your account. This is an opportunity to demonstrate responsibility while at the same time helping those in need in our community. All items will be donated to a local community crisis center and students are welcomed to donate food items even if they do not have any library materials check out. 

Here's the flyer we're sharing with students and staff:
We look forward to helping you take care of those overdue books and for the opportunity to provide some support to those families in need in our community.

Yours page by page,

- Mr. Winner
<![CDATA[Hooray for Us!]]>Fri, 05 Jun 2015 19:07:18 GMThttp://dleslibrary.weebly.com/home/hooray-for-usPicture
A couple months ago our first graders began working designing some hats. We took inspiration from Hooray for Hat, Brian Won's debut picture book, as well as these awesome hats created by Danielle Davis over at This Picture Book Life.

We built our hats in three stages: structure, applicay, and paint. It was fun experimenting with the different materials in order to create unique hats. Students used three pieces in order to form their hats. They chose from paper plates, bowls, and cups. What resulted was a diverse set of unique and original designs. Adding tissue paper streamers, stripes, and textures took the hats to the next level. Topping it all off with some day glo paint was just what the hats needed to stand out and be noticed.

But first we made some sketches and brainstormed how these hats might look:

After the houses were constructed using hot glue, it was time to add some tissue paper flair.
Donned "Hooray for Us!", we created a school program to celebrate the unsung heroes in our student population.
A student was selected from each homeroom in grades K-5 by their homeroom teacher to select a hat to wear in front of our "Hooray for Us!" banner. The hats looked ridiculous, but being recognized for being awesome is something no kid could turn down.
Thank you to all of our awesome kids at DLES, and for all of our 1st graders who put in the time, effort, thought, and creativity into making something special to share with our school.

Yours page by page, 

Mr. Winner & Mrs. Gardner
<![CDATA[Cardboard memory challenge]]>Thu, 07 May 2015 14:44:48 GMThttp://dleslibrary.weebly.com/home/cardboard-memory-challengeWe've given our 5th graders a challenge: 

Design an arcade game based on your favorite elementary school memory and built entirely out of cardboard.

Taking inspiration from Caine's Arcade and the Global Cardboard Challenge we are in the planning stages of an epic cardboard memory arcade. We'll share more on our process in a few weeks, but for now here are two videos to give you some background on Caine and the Cardboard Challenge.
Caine's Arcade:
From a Movie to  Movement:
Yours page by page, 

- Mr. Winner and Mrs. Gardner
<![CDATA[Chesapeake Bay (5th Grade)]]>Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:16:16 GMThttp://dleslibrary.weebly.com/home/chesapeake-bay-5th-gradeOur 5th graders were given the following question in their current Science unit:

What positive and negative impacts do humans (human activity) have on the environment, particularly the Chesapeake Bay?

It's been a lot of fun researching with them using print and digital resources and we promised to share digital resources to extend their learning and exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. Enjoy!


The Chesapeake Bay Program (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/videos) - Excellent videos our bay's oyster population, air pollution, dams, and other natural and manmade features affecting and affected by the Chesapeake Bay.
NASA Real World: NASA and the Chesapeake Bay (http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/videos/nasa-real-world-nasa-and-chesapeake-bay) - Did you know that NASA is tracking the health of our Chesapeake Bay from outer space?! 
Bayville (http://bayville.thinkport.org/default_flash.aspx) - This site offers seven interactives that will help students, teachers and families learn more about the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States.
We love the enthusiasm our students have shared for caring for the Chesapeake Bay. We hope you have a ton of fun exploring these resources! 

Yours page by page, 

- Mr. Winner and Mrs. Gardner