Friday, June 17, 2016

Student Portfolios and Accessing Student Work

At any time during the school year, Burlington students have the ability to add samples of their student work to their electronic portfolios.  Especially now at the end of the year, students and teachers are reflecting back on projects, student growth and progress, accomplishments, and achievements.  Often such milestones of learning become an entry or post to a student's electronic portfolio.

It has been my pleasure to co-teach this past week along side Miss Courtney Fallon, Pine Glen Art teacher.  Together, we have met with all of our students in grades 1 through 5 and helped them post pictures of their artwork to their student portfolios.  Here are some photos of us in class during this process.  After the photos, I have created a handout explaining the steps to access a student portfolio, via Blogger, a Google app, as well as student work saved in their Google Drive, another Google app.  Please know that grade K teachers have also created posts or entries to their students' electronic portfolios as well and can be accessed following the same handout.  Enjoy.
Miss Fallon demonstrating the best way to photograph artwork
Taking pictures of our artwork
Cropping our photos
Cropping our photos
Adding pictures to the portfolio via Blogger
Our work has been published to our portfolio!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Grade 5 Book Trailers

For our final project this year, fifth graders are making book trailers for books they have read and enjoyed. Like a movie trailer, the goal of a book trailer is to create interest in a book so that other students will want to read it. The students enjoyed creating and filming their work. Mrs. Ardizzoni and Miss Carney are going to create QR codes for each trailer so that PG students can watch them in the future and get ideas and inspiration for new books to try.

Listen to Books this Summer!

If you're headed on a long car ride for your vacation, you can still read! Try an audio book with your Tales2Go account.

Click below for links from Tales2Go to try this summer!

Keep reading!!

Click on the links below for:

Pre-K and K Listening Ideas
Grades 1 and 2 Listening Suggestions
Grades 3-5 Listening Suggestions

Pine Glen Summer Reading Check Out

Dear Parents,

Students will be allowed to check out books from the Pine Glen Library to read over the summer. Students in K may check out up to two books from the library, and students in Grades 1-5 may check out up to five books. Any grade five students who check out books from the PG Library are asked to return their books to the MSMS Learning Commons in the fall.

Before students may check out their summer books, we need to make sure their library accounts are clear of any overdue and lost materials at their last library visits this week. If you have any questions or need a list of the materials your child has checked out, please contact Miss Carney at or (781) 221-7798.

There is no obligation for any student to check out books from our library to take home for the summer, but we hope to encourage reading over our break. We also strongly encourage families to visit the Burlington Public Library and enjoy their summer reading programs.

Thank you as always for your support. Have a wonderful summer! Keep reading!

Miss Carney

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Summer Reading Visit

Summer reading is upon us! We had a great visit from Amanda, the children's librarian at the Burlington Public Library. She told students about all the great programs going on at the BPL this summer and how they can earn prizes just by reading!

It was a great morning. Students will be receiving fliers with a calendar of events and more information about the summer reading program. We hope everyone will take some time this summer to participate in the summer reading program at the Burlington Public Library. If you have any questions, please call Amanda- she will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Click on the links below for:

Burlington Public Library Summer Reading Schedule
Summer Reading Pamphlet

Unique Game Show

We had a really fun morning with Unique Game Show! Students teamed up to answer trivia questions about many different topics and did a fantastic job. We also got to show off our dance moves and our amazing singing voices with a sing along!

Thank you to the Pine Glen PTO for sponsoring this great event.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Kindergarten Spring Poetry

Our kindergarten students have been discovering their five senses through stories, discussions, writing, and illustrating.  Our project began with reading the story My Five Senses by Aliki with our librarian, Miss Carney.

After reading the story, Miss Carney and Mrs. Ardizzoni helped students brainstorm and discuss their ideas of things they could see, hear, taste, touch, and smell during the season of spring.

During the next meeting, students wrote one sentence for each of the senses, beginning with the phrase, "In the spring, I" see / hear / taste / touch / smell ________________________________.

Then students used the app, Drawing Pad on their classroom iPads, to illustrate one of the sense sentences they had written.  After illustrating, Miss Carney and Mrs. Ardizzoni helped students type the sentence on their drawings and students then concluded by "autographing" their artwork.

Next, Mrs. Ardizzoni used the app, Book Creator to compile all of the students' illustrations and writing into one classroom poetry book.  Here we are, at the conclusion of the project where students got to see their final product as both an ebook and hardcopy classroom book.  Students were called up to the board when their page was displayed and they read their sentence aloud.  Congratulations kindergartners on being authors, illustrators, presenters, and increasing your digital literacy skills!

Please scroll down through the pages of Our Spring Senses Poetry Book. There are three ebooks to enjoy.