Mann Library

January and February 2018

The past 2 months have flown by at Mann Library! I attended a Librarian Leadership workshop through the GWAEA in January and benefited from great ideas to implement here at Mann. I also attended a few other training sessions through GWAEA on reading and behavior.


Students enjoyed the Virtual Reality kit I borrowed from GWAEA. It is such a neat way to experience what they are learning about in the classroom. I was able to find expeditions for each class to align with something they were already studying.


The One Book Two Book festival was also a highlight of the past month. It was so inspiring to listen to students from the area read their written pieces. Mae Knights did a fabulous job representing Mann!


The end of the year will be very busy as well. Miss Shari and I are hard at work with a few volunteers to go through our collection and prepare for the move to New Hoover. I will post one more newsletter with final updates for the school year later in May!

Kindergarten

We came back to school in January, and Kindergartners were ready to learn how to choose books from the shelves. We watched some videos teaching students about "shelf markers", and we practiced together on some small shelves. They have been doing a great job on their own for check-outs! We also reviewed "ABC" order to remind us how the Everybody books are organized in our library. Our next unit was "fiction vs. nonfiction". We have learned a catchy song explaining differences between the two types of books and have looked at various examples in class! Students recently had to pair up with a partner in class after books were passed out to everyone. Partners shared a book topic -- but one was fiction and the other was nonfiction!

We also have read a few more Goldfinch Award books to prepare to vote for our favorite at the end of the month. And, students loved using the VR Kit -- they had lots of neat expeditions from under the ocean to on top of Mt. Everest!

Book checkout day is FRIDAY for both classes.

Kindergarteners practicing using shelfmarkers
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1st Grade

In January, we reviewed how the library is organized. We talked about ABC order and how the fiction books are organized that way. Our next unit was "fiction vs. nonfiction". We have learned a catchy song explaining differences between the two types of books and have looked at various examples in class! Students recently had to pair up with a partner in class after books were passed out to everyone. Partners shared a book topic -- but one was fiction and the other was nonfiction!

We also have read a few more Goldfinch Award books to prepare to vote for our favorite at the end of the month. And, students loved using the VR Kit -- they had lots of neat expeditions where we saw various animals to tie into their animal research.


Book checkout day is FRIDAY for both classes.

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2nd Grade

We read a few more Goldfinch Award books to prepare to vote for our favorite at the end of the month. Students also learned more about the library catalog, Destiny. They practiced looking up books to find on the library shelves. Second graders also loved using the VR Kit -- they had lots of neat expeditions!

These classes have also been working on a unique project in conjunction with the University of Iowa's University Band. We started a folk tale unit with our first folk tale from the Middle East. We learned about that region in the world and then listened to the song "Lawrence of Arabia". We discussed what we thought and felt while listening to the music, then drew pictures. This song will be played at a University Band concert later this spring. During the performance, drawings from the students will be projected.

Book checkout day is on Tuesday for Mrs. Cernuto's class.
Book checkout day is on Wednesday for Ms. O'Donnell's class.

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3rd Grade

Third graders spent much of January and February learning about various genres of literature. We read a variety of books and determined which genre they would be. This tied into the Optimist Good Reader program. This is a local program designed for 3rd and 4th graders to encourage students to read, to enjoy libraries, to expand their interests, and to learn more about current events. Students were encouraged to read a variety of genres and complete some activities. Students will receive awards later this month based on how much they accomplished during library classes.

Students also enjoyed the VR kit we borrowed! The expeditions were fun and exciting!

Book checkout day is on FRIDAY for Mr. Green

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4th Grade

Fourth graders spent much of January and February reviewing various genres of literature. We read an assortment of books and determined which genre they would be. This tied into the Optimist Good Reader program. This is a local program for 3rd and 4th graders designed to encourage students to read, to enjoy libraries, to expand their interests, and to learn more about current events. Students were encouraged to read a variety of genres and complete some activities. Students will receive awards later this month based on how much they accomplished during library classes.

Students also enjoyed the VR kit we borrowed! The expedition had them experience various US regions.

Book checkout day for both classes is FRIDAY.
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5th and 6th Grade

Fifth and sixth graders have spent some time using our library catalog, Destiny. They have practiced their searches, and then finding the books on the library shelves. We also learned about the Dewey Decimal system and how our non-fiction collection is organized. We have practiced these skill through the online game site Kahoot! and library scavenger hunts.

Students also enjoyed a powerful reading of "Each Kindness" on World Read Aloud Day. The author, Jacqueline Woodson, shared a video of herself reading this thought-provoking children's book.

These classes loved the VR kit again as well! 5th graders viewed expeditions in Washington, DC -- they saw various landmarks and toured the White House! 6th graders "traveled" to Egypt and experience breathtaking views of the Pyramids and other landmarks.


Book checkout day is on TUESDAY for Mrs. Mulligan.

Book checkout day is on THURSDAY for Mr. Kemp.

Book checkout day is on THURSDAY for 6th grade.

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