Life in the Library
April is School Library Month!
In other news...
Mr. Wentz's sixth grade class has completed their elementary performance assessment, and Mrs. Coolihan/Ms. Francis's class is getting ready for their turn. We continue to work in class on research skills, such as finding appropriate sources note taking, Power Point skills and writing/answering research questions. We are also digging in to our novel, The False Prince once again! As they finish the EPA, classes will get to experiment with Movie Maker, creating projects in library class.
Fifth graders are continuing to work on the Big 6 research process. We have learned about selecting and evaluating sources and are now focused on locating key information. We learned about skimming and scanning for key words and ideas, and also practiced summarizing in a small amount of space. (Ask your child just how small!) They are loving the novel, Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein.
In third grade, we have been exploring Power Point, creating "just for fun" presentations. This allows students to experiment with design, animation, transition and other elements that often they want to include but do not belong in traditional presentations. If you hear your child talking about Lumphy, StingRay or Plastic, the novel Toys Go Out is on his or her mind. It delves into real-life problems using personification (which we will learn about after we finish the book) of stuffed animals and toys. It is one of my favorite read-alouds, and I suspect your child will be asking you to read the sequels at home!
Second graders are working with Pebble Go, an early grade online encyclopedia. Feel free to go to the library website and click on Encyclopedias Online. The login information for Pebble Go is on the webpage. We have read about, watched videos of and listened to clips of animals and famous people together and on our own. We are also starting a short chapter book from the hysterically funny Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka. Having read many of his fractured fairy tales, this was a natural choice! This first one, Knights of the Kitchen Table, already has them in giggles in the first few chapters!
Kindergarteners have been enjoying books by the wonderful author/illustrator Eric Carle. We have talked a lot about his artwork in books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mr. Seahorse and The Very Busy Spider. We even watched a short video clip about how makes his illustrations!