Pod Show Time
Contributions to student learning by libraries and teacher-librarians should extend beyond the library's four concrete walls; every day, all year long, we are impacting and facilitating 21st Century education (Levitov, 2017, p. 30). Being involved in all areas of the curriculum is essential and sometimes that means getting out from behind the circulation desk and picking up a paint brush.
It's spring and that means Pod Show Time at Blacklock Fine Arts Elementary.
The fabulous Grade 2 and 3 teachers are writing, directing, and producing "I Want Candy- Broccoli vs. Candy", a show about nutrition. I was fortunate enough to be asked to help out with the backdrop.
Alongside the Art Teacher, Duchess Udders, I got to take a break from university papers and get creative!
Duchess Udders, being the fabulous artist that she is, free-handed the team mascots, Candy and Broccoli, for the main part of the backdrop. Mrs. Heavy-Hitter, our super-fantastic SEA, expertly wrapped a large pile of bon-bon candies. Personally I love the unicorn treats!
I love working in large scale.
Pool noodles, white duct tape, broom handles/doweling, clear plastic gift wrap, and ribbons (metallic ones work the best under the stage lights).
The lollipops are taped to an adjustable tripod pole, which is normally used with the library's green screen.
Ice Cream Cones:
These are my favourite.
As you may know from my other posts, I LOVE spray insulation foam. I used cone-shaped tomato plant supports with brown mailing paper for the cones. The scoop of ice cream is a hanging basket (including moss liner) flipped upside down and covered with spray insulation foam and a styrofoam ball for the cherry.
Interlocking pool noodles from the dollar store, a plastic bag, and a homemade Twizzlers sign.
Roll of Lifesavers Candy:
I taped five protein powder containers end to end to create the cylindrical shape of the roll. Poster paper and tin foil decorated the outside.
Helping with the backdrop gave me the chance to support students as they demonstrated their knowledge through the fine arts. The school saw me as not only as a promoter of reading and literature, but also as a promoter of artistic expression.
My collaboration did not stop here through. I worked with individual students and Mr. T to create an iMovie of their Minecraft Candyland creations that was played before and after the show.
Stay tuned for more details in "A Minecraft Screencast Adventure"!
Levitov, D. (2017). The school librarian as the advocacy leader. In S. Coatney & V. H. Harada (Eds.), The many faces of school library leadership (2nd ed., pp. 29-42). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.