One of my favorite parts of attending the AASL conference is that I always come home with one or two ideas that I can quickly put into action with minimal effort or planning. When I stopped by the "Stardines" station at the IdeaLab, I knew I'd found one such winner.
Based on the book Stardines Fly High Across the Sky by Jack Prelutsky, a "Stardines" poem takes two creatures/objects and smushes them together to create a new creature. The artwork in the book is simply phenomenal as well, and I loved that this would allow me to continue to incorporate art and creativity into the library. After reading a few poems together, students began to brainstorm their poems. Next, they focused on writing (and revising, if needed), and finally, creating their artwork and recording their poems. Check out the hilarious, creative, original works they came up with!
My name is Ms. Bery. I am a PK-8 library media specialist in the Boston area. In addition to being a certified school librarian, I am also certified in instructional technology, and have a strong interest in exploring and integrating technology in new and exciting ways in the classroom.
I am also a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, and a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts School Library Association's President's Award.
Check out the Sandbox for apps and websites I've found useful in supporting student learning and creativity. I also (very occasionally) review children's and young adult literature on my book reviews page.
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