Mann Library

January 2016

Hello everyone! Below you will find updates for each grade level for the month of January (and a brief overview of coding in December!).

Kindergarten

In December, Kindergartners did a fabulous job with computer coding. They worked in pairs, worked individually, and even got to partner with 6th graders, too!


This past month, students have continued talking about fiction vs. nonfiction. We have read a variety of books and then we discuss the fiction or nonfiction elements of it. We've had some fun drawing activities to tie into these books as well.


Book checkout day is FRIDAY for both classes.

1st Grade

In December, 1st grade did a great job with computer coding. They worked in pairs at times and also individually at times.


This past month, students have continued talking about fiction vs. nonfiction. We have read a variety of books and then we discuss the fiction or nonfiction elements of it. We've had some fun drawing activities to tie into these books as well.


I also collaborated with the 1st grade teachers to help with their animal research projects. We used a great new database this year called PebbleGo! Students also typed up their information onto slides which we will compile.


Book checkout day is FRIDAY for both classes.

Book checkout day is FRIDAY for both classes.

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2nd Grade

In December, students were really engaged with various computer coding activities! During this past month, 2nd graders have focused on fiction and nonfiction. They learned a catchy song to remember elements about each type of book! We've read a variety of books the past week and then review what elements of it make it fiction or non-fiction. More recently, we've talked about the difference between fantasy fiction and realistic fiction.


Book checkout day is on FRIDAY for 2nd grade.

3rd Grade

In December, students were really engaged with various computer coding activities! During this past month, we talked about the Optimist Good Reader program. An email went home at the beginning of the month regarding this program. Students are encouraged to read a variety of books and participate in a few different reading related activities. We are working towards completing some of these books/activities in library class, but if students are interested in doing more, they are encouraged to do so on their own at home. Please let me know if you have any questions. The deadline to submit their reading and activity logs is February 17. This program lends itself to talking about different types of literary genres. We are reading books from different genres and comparing/contrasting them.


Book checkout day is on TUESDAY for Mrs. Cernuto.
Book checkout day is on FRIDAY for Mr. Green.

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4th Grade

In December, students were really engaged with various computer coding activities! During this past month, we talked about the Optimist Good Reader program. An email went home at the beginning of the month regarding this program. Students are encouraged to read a variety of books and participate in a few different reading related activities. We are working towards completing some of these books/activities in library class, but if students are interested in doing more, they are encouraged to do so on their own at home. Please let me know if you have any questions. The deadline to submit their reading and activity logs is February 17. This program lends itself to talking about different types of literary genres. We are reading books from different genres and comparing/contrasting them.


Book checkout day is on TUESDAY for Mrs. Aitken.
Book checkout day is on WEDNESDAY for Mrs. Perry.

5th and 6th Grade

In December, students were really engaged with various computer coding activities!


5th and 6th graders have been reminded about the ICCA book award program this week. If they read at least 3 of these titles, they are able to vote for their favorite one later in March.


This past month, 5th and 6th graders have started rotating stations during library class. The current stations include Type to Learn in the computer lab, Coding on the iPads, and direct instruction from me on the Dewey Decimal System. Students have watched videos to explain how/why the system was put into place, and we're learning about the 10 groups books are divided into. We've then tried to place books in the correct classification based on their titles/knowing what the book is about.

Book checkout day is on WEDNESDAY for Mrs. Mulligan.
Book checkout day is on THURSDAY for 6th grade.

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