It’s Earth Day today. Test your trivia knowledge and plant some trees! I found a terrific post today in Richard Byrne’s blog, Free Technology for Teachers. JohnnyAppl is a free online trivia game that you can play with or without registering. There are a variety of quizzes to play; after each 10 questions you get your status for that group of questions. Once you answer 150 questions correctly, a tree will be planted, paid for by the advertising on the site. You can also follow the JohnnyAppl Blog to follow their progress.
Poor Dewey, our library frog, had a bad day. When I walked in and saw the soaked carpet, my first thought was that the tank had leaked, luckily that was not the problem. Sometime during the night a water pipe let loose and soaked the tank with ceiling tile debris and dirty water. S/He seems to be ok, I hope the debris from the ceiling tiles does not hurt him/her!
And, of course, if that was not bad enough … we also had a rack of water & debris soaked graphic novels. There were only a couple of books that I could salvage. Luckily the water missed most of the hardbacks. I know there are some kids that are going to be really disappointed until I can get in some replacements.
Author Jerry Pallotta is in town for Our Young Authors’ Conference tomorrow. We were fortunate to have him spend the day in the school library to speak to classrooms about his writing. Hailing from Boston, Jerry has written over 70 books including a variety of non-fiction alphabet books, math books, holiday stories and the popular Who Would Win? series among others. All of the groups that met with him had a blast with his entertaining and interactive presentations that also showed where he got his ideas and some of his editing processes. Thanks for the great visit!
The origins of St. Patrick’s Day bear little resemblance to most of the celebrations we see. Thought it might be interesting to review the life of St. Patrick.