Notes from the Hawthorne Library
Trimester One Newsletter
August 2022 to November 2022
Hello Hawthorne Families!
The first trimester of the year is a wrap...and wow, did it go fast! Please find included here information about library instruction, recaps of several special events, and other important news from the library...as well as lots of photos! Speaking of photos, if you haven't already liked and followed us on Facebook, please do! I post lots of updates/activities/announcements and would love to have you join us!
In a few weeks, you will receive your student's progress report. You will notice that there is a space on the report card for library media education. I hope you will take a few moments to read the narrative and discuss it with your child. This narrative helps communicate how the work we do in library connects to the state library media standards as well as to the rest of your child's education. As always, if you have any questions, please reach out!
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season,
The first grade students kicked off the year with lots of great discussions about how to become better, stronger readers. We talked about good fit books and worked on strategies for finding these in the library. In October, we started a multiweek unit on the books of Mo Willems, author and illustrator of the Pigeon books, the Elephant and Piggie books, and many others. Their favorite activity was dancing along with Elephant and Piggie using the Mo on the Go app; it's always good to get your wiggles out at the end of the day! We spent some time reviewing the role of authors and illustrators in November in preparation for Nick Mask's visit to our school.
SECOND AND THIRD GRADES
The second and third grade students started the year participating in discussions about good character and contributing to our PAX vision board. We took a few weeks to review procedures for getting logged into the library Chromebooks and accessing the library Clever page. We spent November learning to use Buncee, a digital response tool that allows students to use visual graphics and animations to show their learning. We will be using Buncee a lot over the year! Here are a few samples of "Gratitude Jars" that students created in Buncee in advance of Thanksgiving:
FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADES
First we had a Scholastic Book Fair...
...then we had a book sale at Montana Book Company...
...and then we had an author visit!
Hawthorne School Library
MS in Library and Information Science
National Board Certified Teacher
Location: 430 Madison Avenue, Helena, MT, USA