Oak Ridge LMC

April 2014

April is...

National Humor Month

Keep America Beautiful Month

National Poetry Month

Special Days...

April 1 April Fools' Day

April 2 Children's Book Day

April 13 National Scrabble Day

April 18 International Jugglers' Day

April 22 Earth Day

April 25 World Penguin Day

April 27 Tell A Story Day

Tech Resource of the Month: Garbology

Garbology is an exciting and interactive website that answers the question, "Where should my waste go?" It helps elementary-age students better understand how they can reduce trash and stop polluting. In addition to the interactive game, the “For Teachers” section includes nine lesson plans and five fact sheets; the “For Students” section includes a waste assessment and seven useful handouts; and the “For Families” section will inspire families to reduce and recycle. Grades K-8.

Tip: Garbology is the perfect addition to your Earth Day unit

App to try: Scholastic Classroom IDEAS to GO!

Over a 1,000 ideas, lessons and activities in the palm of your hand. Available for iPhone, iPod or iPad. 99 cents!


Spring Battle for grades 4th and 5th is coming up! Don't have a date yet, but Spring Battle will happen at the beginning of May. In the fall we battled over 10 of this year's Bluestem titles. This spring students will battle of over the remaining ten Bluestem titles:

  • Seaglass Summer by Anjali Banerjee
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  • Nubs: the true story of a mutt, a marine and a miracle by Brian Dennis
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
  • Little Wolf's Book of Badness by Ian Whybrow
  • The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Brian Selznick
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Grades 2nd and 3rd will participate in a mini battle over the Monarch titles during their media time.

Monarch Book of the Month: Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by J. Sidman

An up close look at different occurrences of spirals within the world around us.

Web Resources for Swirl by Swirl

 Websites for further study:
o http://www.joycesidman.com/books/swirl-by-swirl-spirals-in/book-trailer-for-

swirl-by.html Book Trailer

o http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/article/patterns- nature-galleries.html National Geographic Photograph Albums: Patterns in Nature

o http://www.joycesidman.com/books/swirl-by-swirl-spirals- in/swirl_by_swirl_rg.pdf Reader’s Guide by author

Marianne Malone visit

When Marianne Malone visited on March 2oth, we put our new Media Center to the test! It was a little crunchy with 4th and 5th grades, but overall our beautiful new space performed admirably. Thank you from the One Book, One School committee for everyone's flexibility with the schedule and help with the event. Our students were fantastically behaved and asked some great questions! Proud, very proud, of our students' hosting skills!