Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nuevo Cuscatlan’s Library

On Wednesday, April 29th, the Club ReciLectura visited Nuevo Cuscatlan’s Library. During the visit the our ABC students shared the activities they had prepared with 4th grade students from the Pedro Pablo Castillo School. The activity was entitled,  "My First Book". The goal of this particular activity was to share in a reading of  "Year of the Jungle"  by Suzanne Collins and and to follow up with a related writing activity. 

Year of the Jungle  is an autobiographical picture book, which focuses on a father and his daughter who are separated when the father is sent off to fight in the Vietnam War. 

The students enjoyed the reading which was followed up by a short writing project. The project had the 4th grade students writing their first recycled book. In doing so they were to use recycled materials and write about something happy that they had lived through, or an activity they enjoyed doing.

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Post by: Hilda Gomez

This was a very successful activity, which brought students together, encouraged them to express themselves, and brought a certain focus to the important topics of families and the environment. Our ABC students were a bit reluctant to leave at the end of the session and many of the 4th graders felt the same way. They all left feeling a great sense of commitment to their project work.

This is the second in series of library visits our club will be making and we look forward to posting more information about their work, when the time comes. 

Jennifer Garcia
LRC Coordinator

Friday, April 24, 2015

Earth Week 2015

We celebrated Earth Week this week and in doing so, created themed arts and crafts with our secondary students. The sessions were held on Tuesday and Thursday after school. 

One of the crafts we made was “Ellie the fish” which we created them with recycled water bottles. This was to build awareness and to help students to learn more about recycling, and think creatively about what we can do with recycled materials.  

·        recycled water bottles
·        scissors
·        silicone glue
·        googly eyes
·        paint
·        stapler

Step by step:
1.     Cut the water bottle in half.
2.     Use only the top part of the bottle to create the fish.
3.     Cut off the bottom part of the bottle to create the fins.
4.     Staple the fins together.
5.     Be creative painting the fish.
6.     Paste the eyes on with the silicon glue.

We named our first owl “SAM” and used it as a model on which to base the creation of  a large family of owls.

·         paper towel rolls
·         recycled paper
·         eyes
·         glue
·         scissors
·         paint

How we did it
1-    Paint the paper towel rolls.
2-    Fold the top of the towel paper rolls down toward the middle to form the owl's ears.
3-    Cut out circles, triangles and hearts from the recycled paper in different colours.
4-    Then paste the hearts so they look like the owl’s feet, then  circles for the owl's feathers, then  triangles for the owl’s beak and lastly the eyes.
5. Use your creativity to make it look nice.

With this activity the girls showed their creativity and love for our planet through recycling.

Visit to the City Library in Antiguo Cuscatlan

To celebrate Earth Day we visited the Antiguo Cuscatlan, City Library with ABC students who are part of  our library club "Read, Recycle and Create" . During the Visit we shared our arts and crafts activities with 4th graders from Walter Thilo Deininger School.  We also shared the story of “Martin and the world” by Nancy MartelloThis story teaches the values of teamwork, cooperation, effort and love for our planet Earth.

We asked the ABC students to share their experiences with this activity. 
Here is an example of one of them. 

"My experience at the Antiguo Cuscatlan library was one that I will always save in my heart. At first when we got there I was nervous.  I was unsure of how the kids would be or if they would enjoy the activities that we had planned for them. When we started reading the story the kids fell quiet and my voice traveled around loudl and cleary.  When we finished, they applauded. This was really nice because it showed they appreciated it. Afterwards we started handing out materials and they all said thanks and were really nice. I helped them cut and glue things and they were really grateful for it. At the end, one of the girls I had helped rushed forward and hugged me and it felt extremely good, because I knew she had enjoyed what we did with her and that I had made someone really happy that day. I would certainly love to do it again.
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Post by: Hilda Gomez and Eugenia Rivas
LRC Librarians