Our 5th grade students experienced the weather expertise of Brad Panovich when he visited Knollwood Elementary. Mr. Panovich is the evening meteorologist for WCNC Channel 6 in Charlotte.
Students have been studying weather and were able to show off their expertise and answer Mr. Panovich's questions about weather tools, fronts, and storms. Mr. Panovich shared a picture slideshow to showcase weather patterns, and even put on several demonstrations.
As part of the presentation the meteorologist created a tornado to show the students! His presentation helped the students connect their classroom learning to real life, and we will all be eagerly watching Mr. Panovich's forecast each night.
Illustrator Rick Anderson talked with Mrs. Manning's 1st grade class about how pictures help tell a story. A former elementary art teacher, Mr. Anderson is the illustrator of the book M is for Magnolia: A Mississippi Alphabet, a book about his home state.
Mr. Anderson explained to the students that illustrations come after the writing of a story, and that he sometimes has to redo and edit his work several times before the finished product.
In our library we have the book P is for Passport: A World Alphabet that Mr. Anderson illustrated a page of. The 1st grade class did a wonderful job of listening and asking questions as Mr. Anderson shared his art studio with us.
Ms. Morris's 4th grade class brought their rock knowledge to life Skyping with a geologist. After watching notes and observing rocks on their own, Mr. Bentley, a professor Northern Virginia Community College, answered questions and shared his expertise about rocks.
Mr. Bentley shared that is favorite type of rock is a migmatite; a rock that is partially melted magma and is part of the igneous family. One of the tools in his laboratory is a saw that can grind down rocks to the thickness of a strand of hair. This was an illustration that really fascinated the students as they all began looking or feeling their own hair.
One of the tools that Mr. Bentley uses is a geological map, which shows where rock types are throughout the country and their age. The students were able to successfully complete their K-W-L chart using the information the geologist shared and their own research.
Ms. Fitz's AIG students talked with Heidi Schulz, author of Hook's Revenge. Earlier in the week students watched Mrs. Schulz read the first chapter from the book, did a close-read of an excerpt, and are planning a trial for the character Jocelyn to see if she is guilty of being too emotional.
In talking to the students she explained that when creating anything we all begin with the question, "What if?". The author used the analogy that writing is like building a house: there are layers and many parts. Mrs. Schulz then read the students a portion from the follow up book that just came out in September. Mrs. Cunningham will need to order that for the media center for sure!
Students were given the opportunity to ask questions, and had some great brainstorms of things they were curious about. Mrs. Schulz explained that she has used some personal experiences in her writing for her characters. The students were excited to hear that she does listen to music while she writes, though it is instrumental "piratey" music. Ms. Fitz's class was a wonderful audience and they will surely keep the books checked out for the rest of the year.
Mrs. Caton's first grade class talked with author Scotti Cohn on Tuesday, December 1st. Animals are a popular topic with students in the class so they were excited to read the book One Wolf Howls.
In reading the book the students picked up on the pattern of numbers and months and were excited to ask the author why she wrote the book this way. Students introduced the class to the author and then were able to ask questions after she shared about her writing experience.
Mrs. Cohn shared her story of perseverance that she was rejected by 23 publishers before one accepted her book. The author has written other animal books and we are excited to add those to our library collection and begin reading them.