For their unit on World War I, Eighth graders increased their understanding of battle conditions, technology, and the human cost of the war by playing the game Valiant Hearts in the school library. They took notes on the primary source photographs and letters featured in the game, as well as artifacts that the characters pick up along the way.
They're working on finishing essays about technology in the war using information from the game and other library resources.
On December 9th, we started what will hopefully become and annual tradition in the library: we hosted seven classes throughout the school day to experience Hour of Code - an easy intro to computer programming designed to show kids (and teachers) that anyone can learn to code. Together, students from grades 3-8 used Lightbot to learn and practice sequencing. Students learned from themselves and each other during their hour, and many have since come back to practice on their own.
Want to play at home? Just click here.
On January 13th, the Comic Book Club had the privilege of going to the 5th annual Black Comic Con at the Schomburg Center. We met lots of creators, had the privilege of reading some great comics, and learned a lot about what it takes to become a comic creator. Check out our photos below.
This year our goal is 22 books per student. Check out progress so far in the chart below, and compare it with last year - the blue is this year, the orange is the same month last year. I'd say we're doing a pretty good job, PS 149!
Help us out - come to the library and check out a book today!
Welcome back to our first belated post of the 2016-2017 school year!
Lots of great changes for the library this year. First - meet Ms. Gutierrez, the new library paraprofessional!
Next, the library is now open for middle school students during lunch/recess EVERY DAY! Students are welcome to come in during recess to relax, read, check out books, do homework, and use the computers.
Looking forward to a great year - stay tuned for more updates!
Don't know what to read?
Check out NYC READS 365! Click on the guide above to see what we have for grades 3-8 at PS 149.
Click here for the program website and for info on all grades!
This is Ms. Abounader-Ciesla's third year at P.S. 149 Sojourner Truth, and her 11th year as a school librarian in NYC.