Horn Library Update

November 2015

Kindergarten

During the fall, students have been working on understanding how a library works, appropriate book care and parts of a book. They have also explored types of literature including fantasy and realistic fiction through some new Everybody books shared in class. In the computer lab, students have learned the parts of a desktop computer, as well as a creative paint program called KidPix. Recently they have worked on the interactive website, ABCya, on letter and number activities. They have also just started learning basic keyboarding skills for future typing. Most importantly, students should find the library a fun and inviting space at Horn School, and the library classes learning experiences that will begin to foster a love of reading that will last a lifetime.


Kindergarten students check out up to three books weekly during their weekly class and check-out. The class check-out days are as follows:


  • Miss Cummins - Thursday
  • Mrs. Rancour - Monday
  • Mrs. Schwenker - Friday
  • Ms. Wark - Thursday

1st and 2nd grade

First and second grade students have been reviewing the parts of a book and learning how to select just-right books on their own. These books provide good practice for vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. We have explored all these through reading most of the books nominated for the 2015-2016 Iowa Goldfinch Award.


First and second grade students come for a separate book check-out once a week, where they are expected to select one just-right book, a story they can read completely on their own. They are encouraged to select up to four more books, ones that interest them, no matter what their reading level is. The class check-out days are as follows:


  • Miss Beuter (1st) - Thursday
  • Mrs. Maras (1st) - Thursday
  • Mr. Searls (1st) - Tuesday
  • Mrs. Williams (1st) - Friday
  • Miss Debner (2nd) - Tuesday
  • Mrs. Smock (2nd) - Tuesday
  • Mrs. Witt (2nd) - Monday

3rd and 4th grade

Third and fourth grade students have had an exciting start in the library, as we spent the first part of the year preparing for the visiting author, Grace Lin. We read The year of the dog in library classes and visited her website to learn about her childhood, writing influences and other books she has authored. The study culminated when she presented to Horn third and fourth grade students on Monday, November 2. She was exciting, funny and a wonderful storyteller. Hills Bank and the ICCSD Foundation supports the Visiting Author program and we are very lucky to benefit from it.


Third and fourth grade students come once a week for a separate book check-out, where they are expected to select at least one book they can read on their own. They are encouraged to select up to four more books that interest them, regardless of reading level. The class check-out days are as follows:


  • Mrs. Campbell - Wednesday
  • Ms. Neveln - Friday
  • Mr. Proctor - Wednesday
  • Mrs. Abbott - Wednesday
  • Mrs. Bartacheck - Thursday
  • Ms. Dallman - Thursday

5th and 6th grade

Students in fifth and sixth grade have spent most library classes this fall in the computer lab. They have learned and used many parts of Google Chrome and Google Drive. A few things they use are bookmarks, downloading and uploading documents, creating and sharing them, along with keeping them organized. They also learned important aspects of Digital Citizenship including smart and respectful decision-making when online.


Students in fifth and sixth grade come to a separate book check-out once a week. where they are expected to check out at least one book they can read on their own. The class check-out days are as follows:


  • Flammang (5th) - Thursday
  • Teagle (5th) - Monday
  • Craig (6th) - Wednesday
  • Green (6th) - Wednesday
  • Nelson (6th) - Monday
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Run for the Schools 2015

Thank you families of Horn Elementary! Because of our high turnout of volunteers and registrants for Run for the Schools, Horn Library and PE each received a check for $250 from the Iowa City Road Races. MidWest One is the title sponsor for this terrific event that directly supports Iowa City Schools. The check for the library will be used to help fund new and duplicates of some of our most popular series books so students won't have to wait so long to read their favorites!

Thank you to Deery Brothers!

Deery Brothers of Iowa City graciously donated funds to buy 75 copies of The year of the dog, a book written by visiting author, Grace Lin, so that EVERY student at Horn had a personally signed book. Having the experience of a well-known author come and speak to the children was wonderful, but to have them all have an autographed book that they can read and keep is awesome. Thanks, Deery, for your support of literacy.

Thank you for supporting Horn students and the Library Program

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Joan DePrenger, Teacher Librarian