Glen Acres Library Happenings
Second Trimester 2017-18 Volume 1, Edition 2
For session 1-15 class notes, GAE library catalog, GAE Amazon wishlist, library volunteer sign-up genius, project You Tube links, Code.org class links, helpful links, grade level specific links, & Reading Olympics info.
GAE's Paws for Books Spring Book Fair coming soon!
*Students will attend preview and shopping days on their regularly scheduled library days and times.Student Preview Days: 4/25-Day 2, 4/26-Day 3, 4/27-Day 4, 4/30-Day 1
Student Shopping Days: 5/1-Day 2, 5/2-Day 3, 5/3-Day 4, 5/4-Day 1
Family Night: After school to 8:00 PM
We will be participating in the "All for Books" program again this year.
Last year I wore a snake around my neck! I will do anything to promote reading!
This year, we will have two collection containers: Cats or Dogs...which pet is your favorite?
Students, parents, and staff can donate their extra coins/bills for this worthy cause.
If cats win....Mrs. Howe (a dog lover) has to dress as a cat all day long!
If dogs win....Mrs. Congialdi (Mommy to three Cats) has to dress as a dog all day long!
Send in printed pictures of your children reading to their pets. we will post them around the school to promote the fair. Illustrations welcomed as well!
The fair gets very busy, and we can use many volunteers! A sign up genius and book fair home page will be available soon. There are new registers this year, so some training may be necessary.
A new feature offered is called e-wallet. You can put money in an account for your child, instead of sending in cash/checks! More info to follow!
We reviewed character, setting (where/when), and problem & solution with winter themed books. Students explored biographies of African Americans on PebbleGo. We discussed Martin Luther King, Jr., and students wrote facts about him. After reading the book The Branch, students were challenged to find the potential in their branches. They designed and labeled, before actually creating their masterpieces. Kindergarten - The Branch
Students used the PicKids app to create Word family Dr. Seuss hats. Rhyming with Word Families Next, we learned how to use the app, Enigma, to read QR codes. The QR codes led us to Dr. Seuss stories on YouTube. Students were very successful at navigating through our library page to the BookFlix app. There, they independently chose fiction and nonfiction paired text to explore.
First Grade Projects
Next, students reviewed the difference between fact and opinion in preparation for our Polar Animal research. Using the PebbleGo database, students wrote facts about their animals' body, habitat, food, life cycle, and interesting information. After drawing realistic illustrations, students recorded their facts, to create a class book on the My Story app. Besselman, Breeden, Davis, Primus
Students explored the biographies section of PebbleGo to find a person to research. They learned when their subjects were born, their occupation, and why they were remembered. Next, students learned how to save pictures to the iPad camera roll. They loaded those pictures on the Chatter Kid app, drew slits across the subjects' mouths, and recorded their facts in first person. Wait until you see the results! Besselman, Breeden, Davis, Primus
Second Grade Projects
Next, students researched aspects of life "Then and Now" (clothing, communication, farming, food, games, homes, school, and transportation). They looked at one specific aspect and how it changed through the time periods, U.S. Colonies, The Frontier, Early 1900's, The 1950's, and Today. Using their graphic organizer as a guide, students created individual Popplets to organize and display their research. Brunner, Diamond, Rude, Rupsis
Finally, students began their biography study. They have completed their research and are presently working on their digital books in the Book Creator app. Some books are ready to view, others will become available soon. Diamond, Rude, Rupsis, Brunner
Third Grade Projects
Students were introduced to a variety of realistic fiction book series. We practiced finding "just right" books for their "Book Jacket" book report, completed in the classroom/at home.
Students were able to interact with our online Nearpod Traditional Literature lessons. They were actively engaged while learning the similarities and differences between Fairy Tales, Fables, and Tall Tales. Students were never so happy to take quizzes at the conclusion of each lesson!
Finally, using books and various databases, students researched a person of interest.
They practiced writing in first person, as they wrote speeches in the voices of their subjects.
Fourth Grade Projects
Students shared their knowledge of the regions of Pennsylvania, while creating digital pamphlets in the Book Creator app. Maps, major cities, places of interest, goods and services, land forms, natural resources, climate, and history of the individual regions were explored. Axt, Bowen, Runzer
Fifth Grade Projects
Students continued the GAE tradition by writing and delivering "Silver Packages", letters of thanks, to those in the GAE school community that inspired them in some way. Next, students practiced their coding skills using our Dash robots. Students learned the difference between primary and secondary sources, and enjoyed analyzing examples.
After reading the book Twenty One Elephants and Still Standing, students designed and created bridges that could withstand substantial weight (dictionaries). Bridge Design Challenge Slideshow
Students researched people of interest and created digital biography books on the Book