Library Notes

November 2012

Our Scholastic Book Order Has Arrived!

We are pleased to offer new titles that were purchased with "Scholastic Dollars" earned at the fall book fair. Come by the libary to see what's new! Highlighted below are some titles that may be of special interest.

More Fun Read-Alouds by Brian Cleary

These books help teachers introduce new Math and ELA topics to students. Here is a listing of the newest titles:

A-B-A-B-A: a Book of Pattern Play - Provides simple examples of repeating sequences of shapes, colors, objects and more, helping readers learn how to find patterns in the world around them.

A Dollar, a Penny, How Much and How Many? - Introduces young readers to concepts related to money.

I'm and Won't, They're and Don't: What is a Contraction? - Contains illustrated rhymes that are designed to explain the concept of contractions.

But and For; Yet and Nor: What is a a Conjunction? - Illustrations and rhyming text help beginning readers understand the concept of conjunctions, explaining what they are and the role they play in the English language.

Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What Are Irregular Plurals? - Contains illustrated rhymes that are designed to explain the concept of irregular plurals.

Thumbtacks, Earwax, Lipstick, Dipstick: What is a Compound Word? - Silly illustrations and rhymes help readers learn about compound words.

A Fraction's Goal: Parts of a Whole - Comical illustrations and simple rhymes introduce readers to fractions and explain how to divide various things into halves, thirds, tenths and more.

Windows, Rings, and Grapes: A Look a Different Shapes - Presents rhyming and humorous text along with colorful illustration that help children learn the mathematical concept of shapes.

Madam and Nun and 1001: What is a Palindrome? Describes what palindromes are and provides examples of them in sentences.

Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk: What Are Similies and Metaphors? Silly rhymes and illustrations teach children about similies and metaphors and how to use them.

Informational Text for Younger Readers

Based on popular demand, we have added another Animal Safari Set to our collection. These titles can be found on our Kindergarten/First Grade shelf and AR quizzes are available.

Kids will learn about the distinct features, natural habitats, and unique diets of these popular zoo animals. Each volume includes full-color photographs, diagrams, a glossary, and much more.

  • Anteaters
  • Baboons
  • Camels
  • Cheetahs
  • Gazelles
  • Hyenas
  • Leopards
  • Meerkats
  • Rhinoceroses
  • Warthogs

Military Machines

Seeking to meet the interests of our boys who love military machines, but find some of our texts too difficult, this set of books on a 2nd/3rd grade level has been added to our collection. AR quizzes are available for these informational texts.

Kids will be enthralled by the powerful machines used by the United States military! Whether it rolls, floats, or flies, each machine is profiled in full-color photographs and engaging text. Each volume includes a table of contents, a glossary, an index, Read More resources, and more.

Set includes:

  • Military Airplanes
  • Military Amphibious Vehicles
  • Military Helicopters
  • Military Robots
  • Military Ships
  • Military Trucks

New Guided Reading Chapter Books for Upper Grades

We have three new sets of chapter books that will be added to the Fountas and Pinnell library. These new high interest books are in sets of six and may be used for guided reading.

"Gregor The Overlander" by Suzanne Collins

This irresistible first novel tells the story of a quiet boy who embarks on a dangerous quest in order to fulfill his destiny -- and find his father -- in a strange world beneath New York City.

When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it -- until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

"Wild Life" by Cynthia DeFlelice

Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq. A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North Dakota to live with Big Darrell and Oma, grandparents he barely knows. When Erik rescues a dog that’s been stuck by a porcupine, Big Darrell says Erik can’t keep him. But Erik has already named her Quill and can’t bear to give her up. He decides to run away, taking the dog and a shotgun, certain that they can make it on their own out on the prairie.

In this story of adventure and survival, Erik learns about the challenges and satisfactions of living off the land, the power of family secrets, and the pain of losing what you love

"Belly Up" by Stuart Gibbs

12 year old Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt Fitzroy has got a murder on his hands and trouble on his tail. Henry, the hippopatamus at the brand-new nationally known FunJungle, has gone belly up. Even though it's claimed he died of natural causes, Teddy smells something fishy and it sure ain't the polar bear's lunch. Dealing with the zoo's top brass proves to be nothing but a waste of time. They want to see any trace of Henry's death disappear like yesterday's paper. So Teddy sets out to find the truth. With the help of Summer McCraken, a fiesty girl with secrets of her own, the two narrow down their prime suspects. Is it Martin Del Gato, FunJungle's head of operations who hates kids and hates animals even more? Or J.J McCraken, the owner of FunJungle and and hates animals even more? Or J.J McCraken, the owner of FunJungle and Summer's father, who has more concern for the dough he's raking in than the animals in the zoo? As their investigation goes on, Teddy gets squeezed on all sides to quit asking questions or Henry won't be the only animal in the zoo to turn up dead. The deeper Teddy and Summer get, they had better make sure they want to know what they want to know because when it comes to hippo homicide, the truth can't be kept in a cage!
Book Summaries Provided Courtesy of Scholastic

Ellen Woodside Elementary Media Center

The mission of the Ellen Woodside Elementary School Media Center is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and to empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information.

Lucy Tinsley, Media Specialist

Paula Woody, Media Clerk