Battle of the Books—aka “BOB”

4th and 5th Graders at St. John’s have the opportunity each year to participate in a competitive book club affectionately referred to as “BOB.”  The Battle of the Books program runs from September to February and this year’s students attempted to read 15 books across the genres for a total of 4,009 pages!  During weekly practices BOB readers answer questions that always begin “In which book…” and which they must answer by identifying the correct author and title. Honing their skills as close readers, BOB members learn to pay attention to details other readers often skip over, details found in dedications, prologues, introductions, maps, drawings, photographs, chapter headings, notes from the author, glossaries, etc.—skills that will serve them well throughout the rest of their lives. 

This year’s February 23rd tournament was fierce with a two-point difference in scores between the first and second place teams.  Congratulations to: Battle Book Queens (1st place), The Bobbers’ Secret (2nd place) and The Book Bombers (3rd place).  Our top 14 students will go on to form two new teams which will compete in the Orange County BOB tournament on March 30th.  Go Mustangs! 

By Mrs. Barber, SJLS Librarian

A Trip Through the Human Body by 4th Grade

In 4th grade, one of the science standards students learn about is the human body and body parts.  In order to extend their knowledge about the human body, the 4th graders created a Keynote presentation and animation that would tell about the chosen body system.  The body system story was told from the perspective of an object that travels through that system.  A few examples are a musical note traveling through the ear or a pizza moving through the digestive system. 

To complete this project, the students first chose a body system and had to write a script using key anatomical words that relate to the body system chosen. Next, students had to find pictures related to their script and create their Keynote presentation.  Third, the 4th graders added in the animation of the key character or object as it moves through the body system on Keynote.  Last, students added transitions and audio to the presentation.  Through this science project, the 4th graders had fun learning about script writing, digital media presentation, animation and video creation.  The video below shows an example of three completed projects.  Enjoy!!  

By Sarah Grack, Technology Specialist