• 2021 Bluestem: Lifeboat 12

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 4/2/2020

    During this remote learning period I have challenged myself to read as many of the books on the 2021 Bluestem Award Nominee List.

    I recently finished Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood. (Book is available as an ebook from the Digital Library of Illinois. Access through Bloomington Public Library.)

    This is an exciting true story about Ken Sparks, a British 13 year old boy whose parents decide to send him to Canada at the start of World War II. On his journey, Ken makes friends with other children being sent to Canada on the ship the SS City of Benares. Only a few days into their trip, the ship is attacked by the Germans. Ken and 5 other boys and about 40 adults manage to make it to lifeboat 12. Unfortunately, the lifeboat was not made to hold so many people and food and water supplies are running out fast. Will Ken and the others be rescued in time?

    This book is actually a very fast read so don't be intimidated by the amount of pages. Also, there are lots of pictures of the real Ken Sparks and other passengers from the SS City of Benares at the end of the book. This is an amazing true story that will teach you a lot about WWII, ships and survival.

    BBC Article about SS City of Benares

    Author Susan Hood's website

     

     

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  • Reading Challenge: 2021 Bluestem List

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 4/1/2020

    The new 2021 Bluestem Award Nominee list is out! These are the books that students who participate in the Battle of the Books read.

    You don't have to be in Battle of the Books to enjoy these great books:

    2021 Bluestem Award List

    The new Monarch award list is also available. These are the books that I read to Kindergarten, first and second grade.

    Checkout this list of picture books and beginning chapter books:

    2021 Monarch Award List

     

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  • Free ebooks and audio books

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 3/30/2020

    Here are some links to FREE ebooks:

    1. https://www.destinydiscover.com/aasp/ui/pick/picked
    1. Follett LogIn info

    Location: Any Location

    School: Follett eLearning, McHenry, IL

    b. Click on Log In

    Log In

    c. Log In information

    Username: guest

    Password: follett

    2. Abdo Digital Bookshelf:

    https://abdodigital.com/browse/?bb=grade&grade=el

    3. Audible:

    https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

    Click on Start Listening

    Audible Start Listening Button

     

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  • E-Learning Resources

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 3/18/2020

    Looking for ways to engage and entertain your kids?

    Please visit our E-Learning page by going to our Library Media Center dropdown menu and selecting "E-Learning Resources."

    Also, District 87 students can use their Brain Pop and Education City accounts by adding BL before typing in their username. Their password is the same as usual.

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  • 2020 Spring Book Fair is Coming!

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 1/24/2020

    The book fair is coming! This years theme is Book Fair Jungle.

     Jungle Book Fair

    Our Reading Night and Chili Supper will be on Thursday, March 12 from 5-7pm.

    You can also help support our school by shopping online at:

    http://www.scholastic.com/bf/irvingelementaryschool1

    This online book fair starts on March 1st and ends March 14. Online orders will now ship directly to your home. If you use the above link to shop during our book fair, 25% in rewards goes to our school.

    Purchases can be made with cash, credit card or checks made out to Irving School.

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  • Week of 11/11/2019

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 11/11/2019

    Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade and Third Grade are continuing to practice how to surf the internet safely and efficiently for information. We are using kiddle.co as our search engine. It is a kid-friendly version of Google.

    Second Grade are learning about fables. This week we started with Tops and Bottoms.

    First Grade and Kindergarten are enjoying their 10th book from the 2020 Monarch Award List. This week's book is The Truth About Bears. Both grades will also continue developing their typing skills.

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  • Week of 11/4/2019

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 11/4/2019

    Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade and Third Grade are practicing how to surf the internet safely and efficiently for information. We are using kiddle.co as our search engine. It is a kid-friendly version of Google.

    Second Grade is continuing to practice how to use a dictionary. We are going on a dictionary scavenger hunt this week!

    First Grade and Kindergarten are enjoying their 7th book from the 2020 Monarch Award List. This weeks book is The Little Red Fort (a version of The Little Red Hen). First grade will also focus on fiction elements like characters, setting and plot. Kindergarten will begin learning how to use their keyboards with Abcya's Keyboard Zoo.

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  • Week of 10/29/19

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 10/28/2019

    Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade and Third Grade are sharing their Make-A-Maps from Brainpop. They are also taking their end of quarter review quiz on "Using the Online Catalog."

    Second Grade is continuing to practice how to use a dictionary. We are working hard to alphabetize past the first letter!

    First Grade and Kindergarten are enjoying some stories and online activities about the fall. Every first grader has been able to log in to their computer without any help! We are now working on logging in and out quickly and consistently.

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  • Week of 10/15/2019

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 10/15/2019

    Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade, Third Grade and Second Grade are taking their end of first quarter Reading Inventory to see how much their reading has improved. 

    First Grade is continuing to practice their usernames and passwords. Our goal is to be able to log into our computers without any help by the end of the first semester! 

    Kindergarten is sharing their 6th book from the 2020 Monarch Award List. This weeks book is A Big Mooncake for Little Star. They are also reviewing the alphabet and how to drag and drop with their mouse using ABCya's Alphabetic Order

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  • Week of 10/7/2019

    Posted by Kerrie Huizinga on 10/7/2019

    Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade and Third Grade are learning how to log into Brainpop with their student account information. They will watch a video and start their Make-A-Map project. Fifth grade will watch Cyberbullying, fourth grade will watch Digital Etiquette and third grade will watch Online Safety. 

    Second Grade is learning how dictionaries work. They will get some practice playing the dictionary games on Turtle Diary.

    First Grade is continuing to practice their usernames and passwords. Our goal is to be able to log into our computers without any help by the end of the first semester! This video explains why it is important to learn our usernames and passwords and to keep them safe: Bobo and Jackster.

    Kindergarten is sharing their 5th book from the 2020 Monarch Award List. This weeks book is The Rabbit Listened. They are also reviewing how to drag and drop with their mouse using ABCya's Make A Face.

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