K-8 Library News

We Have a Reading Heart


Monday, November 3 - Garfield a.m. and Lincoln 11:45-4:05
Tuesday, November 4 - CCCMS
Wednesday, November 5 - Garfield a.m. and Lincoln 11:45-4:05
Thursday, November 6 - CCCMS
Friday, November 7 - Lincoln


Mrs. Deines and Mrs. Hays shared this app with me. It is free for educators. Go to the website https://www.getepic.com/educators/?state=2 to set up your account and then follow the directions after you set up your account to download the app to your iPad. This is a great resource for reading. You have access to great books for children 4 and under to 12 years of age.

Snapguide: www.snapguide.com
This is a website or an app and is a great way to create those "how to" guides with text, images, links and most of all...imagination! Snapguide is great in the classroom or with educators to help make navigation easier. If nothing else, check out this website - SO many possibilities!!! Simple sign-in and start procedure. Here's an example of one:

Cacoo: www.cacoo.com
This site allows users to create diagrams, flowcharts and mindmaps from scratch or via a template. Yes, there are others like that out there, but Cacoo goes one step further by allowing users to create them in real-time and chat with them while working. You can open them to the public or keep them private and even export them as a pdf or png There are premium versions, and the free one allows 1 shared folders with up to 15 users at the same time and a .png download. SO many possibilities and works well with all types of curricula.


We are going to return to our 7 Habits books for this week. We will focus on Habit #5 - Seek first to understand then to be understood. We will be reading Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco (3rd grade), Angel Child, Dragon Child by Michele Maria Surat (2nd grade), Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox (1st grade), and The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac (Kindergarten).

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On Friday we will see:
3rd Grade Mr. Bent and Mrs. Edwards - We are going to review the two sections that our library is divided into and what types of books can be found in each section. We will then build on that knowledge and using call numbers we will be putting books in ABC and Dewey Decimal order as they would be found on the shelves.

2nd Grade Mrs. Swihart and Mrs. Crimmins - We are going to be creating a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting fiction and nonfiction books.

1st Grade Mrs. Hays and Mrs. Carr - We will finish our nonfiction book and review the reasons why it is nonfiction and why our Froggy book is fiction. The students will then work together to determine whether a sample of books is fiction or nonfiction.

Kindergarten Mrs. Savage and Mrs. Richter - We will be reading Dewey There's a Cat in the Library. We will then learn the parts of the book and will play Library Lady says with books in their hands to point to the parts of the book.

Recommended Read:
Locomotive by Brian Floca - The 2014 Caldacott Medal winner. Floca takes us on breathtaking look at a family’s 1869 journey from Omaha to Sacramento via the newly completed Transcontinental Railroad. The unnamed family is a launching point for Floca’s irrepressible exploration into, well, everything about early rail travel, from crew responsibilities and machinery specifics to the sensory thrills of a bridge rumbling beneath and the wind blasting into your face. The substantial text is delivered in nonrhyming stanzas as enlightening as they are poetic: the “smoke and cinders, / ash and sweat” of the coal engine and the Great Plains stretching out “empty as an ocean.” Blasting through these artful compositions are the bellows of the conductor (“FULL STEAM AHEAD”) and the scream of the train whistle, so loud that it bleeds off the page: “WHOOOOOOO!” Font styles swap restlessly to best embody each noise (see the blunt, bold “SPIT” versus the ornate, ballooning “HUFF HUFF HUFF”). Just as heart pounding are Floca’s bold, detailed watercolors, which swap massive close-ups of barreling locomotives with sweeping bird’s-eye views that show how even these metal giants were dwarfed by nature. It’s impossible to turn a page without learning something, but it’s these multiple wow moments that will knock readers from their chairs. Fantastic opening and closing notes make this the book for young train enthusiasts. Review from Booklist.


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We won't see our Monday classes, they will be practicing for their Veteran's Day program. We will see Mrs. Catlin and Mrs. Galindo on Wednesday for library lessons.

Mrs. Catlin's class and Mrs. Galindo's will first work in like groups to make sure that they have the correct information to share and then they will break up into groups with different searches to teach each student what they found in our library.

Recommended reads:

Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map by Sue Macy - This dynamic picture book about the birth of women's basketball will keep young readers riveted. Raised on a cattle ranch, Agnes Morley was sent to Stanford University to learn to be a lady. Yet in no time she exchanged her breeches and spurs for bloomers and a basketball; and in April 1896 she made history. In a heart--pounding game against the University of California at Berkeley, Agnes led her team to victory in the first-ever intercollegiate women s basketball game, earning national attention and putting women s basketball on the map. Amazon


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The library will be open everyday this week except for Friday afternoon.

This week the library is reserved on Thursday, November 6th from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. all. We have scheduled class checkouts on Wednesday (Mrs. Yenni) and Friday (Mr. DeBauche). During 8th hours on the following days, Monday (Mrs. Blake), Tuesday (Mrs. Weller), Wednesday (Mrs. Yenni), and Thursday (Mr. Rickley) the 6th grade language arts classes will be in the library for checkout.

Recommended reads:

The Skull in the Rock: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins by Marc Aronson -
In August 2008, in an area near Johannesburg, South Africa, called the Cradle of Humankind, nine-year-old Matthew Berger summoned his father, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, with the words Dad, I’ve found a fossil. Thus begins the fascinating tale of the discovery of a nearly complete skeleton of an entirely new species of early man. Aronson narrates the story of the gregarious Indiana Jones–like Berger, who grew up in rural Georgia with a penchant for exploring nature and went on to build a career around that passion. Part inspirational biography and part evolutionary science primer, this is written as if the participants are on an exciting treasure hunt, with the acknowledgment that the story continues to evolve and all findings should be shared. Aronson is a master at making almost any topic interesting, understandable, and entertaining, and here he tackles one with intrinsic mass appeal. The vividly designed and wonderfully photographed book includes helpful back matter featuring a unique model of human evolution and a well-organized combined glossary and index. Review from Booklist.