Recently @ Hills Elementary Library

March 2015

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Kindergarten students have finished reading reading books nominated for the Goldfinch Award, and have completed voting for their favorites. The top choice was Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and our visiting author/illustrator Peter Brown!

First and Second grade students have also finished reading books from the Goldfinch Award nominees, and wrapped up by voting for their favorites. In Ms. Cryer's class, the top two choices were LMNO Peas and Creepy Carrots! Ms. Schare's class, the top two were Bad Kitty School Daze and Creepy Carrots!

Third and Fourth grade students are continuing to practice and learn how to use Google Drive - specifically Docs and Slides. In addition to learning basic functions like fonts, bullet points, spacing, and justifying, students are also learning to share their documents with teachers to receive feedback. Recently, students discovered that they can insert pictures - Google Docs automatically searches for clipart and photos with a Creative Common license for ethical reuse!

Fifth and Sixth grade students are practicing note-taking skills. Starting off with a discussion of what taking notes is for, we discussed what makes notes useful. First, we worked together to read an article from Wonderopolis and to highlight the most important phrases - the "treasure" words - and leave blank the "trash." We discuss how we only want to highlight the words that will help us later, so highlighting a whole paragraph or sentence would be like telling our future selves to re-read the whole thing. After some whole group practice, students tried highlighting on their own with a new article on Wonderoplis about why the internet is sometimes slow... something we experience we quite often!

The Creepy Carrots Zone

Creating a Culture of Readers

One way that we help develop our students into life long readers is to celebrate the books, authors, and characters we love. One celebration we participate in every year is Read Across America Week with begins with Dr. Seuss' birthday.

To celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, the whole school gathered together in the library for an assembly. We heard fantastic Seuss performances by all grade levels, participated in some Seuss trivia, and even had a very special guest - Scaredy Squirrel! The assembly ended with singing Happy Birthday and each student receiving a book mark and a cheese stick decorated as the Cat in the Hat!

Thanks PTO!

We are super excited that the PTO has helped us to purchase 5 sets of GoldieBlox to circulate in the library!

GoldieBlox are a set of engineering and building pieces matched with a book starring Goldie, the engineer! In each book, Goldie is faced with a challenge that the reader must solve using the pieces provided. These sets were created to encourage more girls to be involved in STEM-related careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), but anyone can play!

Be on the look out for these sets in our library! In the meantime, check out the online games from Goldie!

Original Goldie Blox Commercial

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