Nazareth Area Intermediate School
Library Media Center
We are busy at the NAIS Library Media Center!
Today’s libraries are trending toward user-centered flexible spaces that encourage not only reading but also research,
creativity, and problem solving. We are currently developing a library hands-on Maker Space to encourage the creative
side of students as they use construction, art, 3D puzzles,, etc., to discover their world from different perspectives.
With this focus in mind, we investigated the idea of “Play” with our 350 sixth graders. We traced the evolution of
children’s play from early family made items to the high tech entertainment of today. We were all surprised to learn
that the simple cardboard box had been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2005. What a great way to challenge
our students to work in teams to develop toy creations using cardboard boxes, simple materials, and a little imagination!!
The students quickly discovered the challenges involved in team building while they created toys for our class Hall of Fame. The project prompted questions, discussion, decision, and compromise. The results were extremely varied and creative. The final day involved presentations and “playtime” as groups tried out the various “toys.”
In 4th grade, the students are read “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr. This book is based on a true story about a young Japanese girl who gets sick many years after the atom bomb is dropped on her country during WWII. Our students are introduced to Japanese culture and geography, WWII, origami, cancer, community support and compassion. We challenge the 4th grade class to fold 1000 paper cranes, and they were successful in reaching this goal! We then donate the cranes to a family going through a similar loss.
In 6th grade, students learn about the many different genres of books from mystery, fantasy, science-fiction, and more. After researching the genre, students work together in groups to create a commercial for the genre they were given. Students complete a storyboard of events with a script to prepare the commercials. Commercials are created with iPads. Students use iMovie to create an interesting commercial and then present it to the class. Students quickly learn to work efficiently in a group and how to add advanced features in the commercial such as sound effects, camera effects and audio.
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