Off the Shelf...

@ the Kirkwood Library-November/December 2015

Book Fair Recap

Thank you to everyone who helped make the book fair a huge success! We had two wonderful parent volunteers and TONS of shoppers that made this year's book fair the best book fair we have had in the last 5 years!

I want to personally thank the students for bringing coins for the All for Books Coin Drive! The students raised around $160.00 from the drive and this money was used to purchase book for their classroom libraries! In addition Scholastic will also donate 160 books to the Kids is Need Foundation and the Kids in Distressed Situations Foundation.

I would also like to thank the Athens Book Group for Donating $150.00 allowing us to give away tons of free books to students at Kirkwood! This money was also counted towards the All for Books so that makes 310 books donated to Kids in Need! Way to go Eagles!

Athens Book Group Donation

Computers are everywhere, but fewer schools teach computer science than 10 years ago. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you've heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code.

With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners joined together to support this movement. Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.

This year, let's make it even bigger. I’m asking you to join in for the Hour of Code 2015. Please get involved with an Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13.

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Check out the Symbaloo links below for TONS of great coding websites that are FREE! Some of the choices include Star Wars, Monster High, Hot Wheels, Minecraft and Frozen!

What's Going on in K-2?

Kindergarten: Kindergarten spent some time listening and interacting with some amazing books over the past couple of weeks! Press Here & Mix it Up by Henri Tullet along with Tap the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest star by Christie Matheson. We read these books using the document camera and Smart board and it is like Magic for the kids! They love it! In computer lab students have started to learn about computer coding in preparation for Hour of Code which they will participate in during the week of December 7-13th. Check out for more information on Hour of Code!

First Grade: First grade has been learning about the difference between Realistic Fiction and Fantasy Fiction. Students are learning how to decipher whether a fictional could actually happen in real life or if it could never happen in real life by listening to some great titles during library class. Mrs. Person's 1st grader also helped me out with a Winter Around the World Collaborative Project where they drew winter scenes and wrote Winter Sense Poems which we recorded user the ChatterPix App. See the video below! We will work on this project with Mrs. Swenson's class next!

Second Grade: Second grade finished up their unit on Fiction vs. Nonfiction and will be moving on to a review of Fantasy vs Realistic Fiction before Winter Break as well as participating in Hour of Code next week! We also spent time constructing their turkeys disguises and Mo Willem's Pigeon as part of their persuasive writing project!

What's going on in 3-6?

Third Grade: Third grade has started their Country research. During library we have spent time looking at online resources for research including Culture Grams and Britannica Online. Students have been taken notes in their graphic organizers and will put it all together in a written paper and interactive folder!

Fourth Grade: Fourth grade has been learning about Google Drive as well as word processing and formatting using Google Docs as they prepare to start typing some of their writing projects.

Fifth Grade: 5th grade has begun work on their All About Me presentations they are creating using Google Slides. Students will learn how to format text, insert pictures, animation and transitions. Students will also learn about the importance of citing photos and giving credit to those who took them.

Sixth Grade: Sixth grade is getting a jump start on practicing their coding skills in preparation for Hour of Code which all students will participate in next week. Students have been working through a coding course on

3rd & 4th Grade Students enjoyed a wonderful author visit from Grace Lin. She share stories about her life, had students act out an ancient folktale as well as giving students a quick drawing lesson on creating lucky tigers!

A special thank you to you Hills Bank and the ICCSD Foundation for making this visit possible for all ICCSD students!

Grace Lin Author Visit 2015

Book Checkout/Return Days!

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Jenahlee Chamberlain-Teacher Librarian