Two librarians in our district had me laughing so hard this week that grumpy cat would have spontaneously combusted if he was within hearing distance.
The librarians assigned their students to create memes for the library. The results were so clever that I asked to share them for this week’s Phun Phriday post.
Sara Romine, otherwise known as @laffinglibrary, did a fabulous job explaining the whole process and giving examples in her most recent blog post. My favorite library meme from her school is the last one; I’m pretty sure I look like that whenever I enjoy a good book!
UPDATE 1/18/15 – I just added a post that gives more details about using augmented reality with this lesson. Go to “Outside My Snow Globe” to learn more!
Earlier this year, I posted about a short video called, “BumbleVille.” This cute animation would be fun to show your students at this time of year. You might want to show them part of the film, then stop and ask them what they think is going on. Chances are they will respond like mine did: “earthquake”, “aliens”, “volcanic eruption”. You will enjoy their reactions when they find out the true cause – that the characters are inhabitants of a snow globe which just got shaken.
In my first BumbleVille post, I gave some suggestions for incorporating Kaplan’s “Multiple Perspectives” into a lesson using the film. Since then, I’ve also thought that it might be interesting to think about the “Rules” that might be important for living in such an unpredictable environment:
What special rules would they have for buildings in this community?
What do they tell the students to do at school when such an event occurs (similar to earthquake or tornado preparedness)?
Are there certain objects that should not be allowed in this community?
Are there certain actions that should be against the law?
There are tons of “Snow Globe” resources on the internet – including Pinterest ideas – for crafting your own. You can create real ones or facsimiles.
If you are interested in a digital version of a snow globe, there is a free app, called “iSnowdome” (available on iTunes only) that allows you to place a photo of your own inside a snow globe, then e-mail the video of it. (From what I can tell, this is the only app that will e-mail a video instead of just a screen shot.) This could be a cute combo writing/augmented reality project – have students write about what it is like to live in a snow globe, use iSnowdome* to make videos of themselves in the snow globe, and upload the videos to Aurasma Studio with the screen shots as trigger images. Voila – an interactive, winter-themed bulletin board for your classroom!
*(The iSnowdome video includes an instrumental of a Christmas song in the audio, which some families may not prefer. You could easily mute that in a video editing program, though.)