Hubbard Learning Commons

News from the Commons - February 2016

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Celebrating World Read Aloud Day - February 24

World Read Aloud Day, a global event calling attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories, will be celebrated on February 24, 2016. This event is sponsored by, a 503(c) non-profit organization devoted to implementing solutions to the challenges of illiteracy around the globe. As we look forward to this event, 4th grade students have been spending their library time researching innovative ways in which books are delivered to people who otherwise would not have access to them. These very unique mobile libraries use everything from boats to camels to donkeys depending on the geography of the local area in need of access to books.

Also, Mr. Hornung's first grade class will have a special Skype visit with children's author Sue Fliess during their library period on February 24. This promises to be a fun and unique learning opportunity for us.

Get ready for Read Across America - March 2!

Every year, Read Across America is celebrated on March 2, which is the birthday of beloved children's author/illustrator Dr. Seuss. At Lincoln-Hubbard we celebrate all week with activities designed to engage students in celebrating reading. The main event of the week is "Dress as your Favorite Character Day" where students and staff are invited to dress up as a favorite story character. Start planning those costumes now!

Battle of the Books update

Thanks to a grant from the SEF, all students in 4th and 5th grade were invited to participate in Battle of the Books this year. Battle of the Books, sponsored by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL), is a voluntary reading incentive program where teams of students share the reading of 15 books and compete against other teams to see who can answer the most "In what book..." questions. This activity is intended to offer a fun way for students to connect over books and reading.

53 students in 4th grade (11 teams) and 40 students in 5th grade (8 teams) have been meeting once a week during lunch recess with Mrs. Stubeck in the Learning Commons since early December. During these sessions, teams touch base on reading progress, quiz one another about details from the books, authors and titles, and determine next steps in their reading. Practice battles will begin at the end of February and the actual battles in March - stay tuned!

Mrs. Stubeck recommends

One of my favorite websites to encourage students to wonder and ask questions is Wonderopolis, a site devoted to all things "Wonder-ful". Wonderopolis - where the wonders of learning never cease. Try it here

Hour of Code a huge success!

For the second year, all students at Lincoln-Hubbard participated in the Hour of Code held during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13, 2015). During regular library instructional time, students at all grade levels were given the opportunity to problem solve and think critically as they solved puzzles using visual block programming. Puzzles this year included the very popular Star Wars and Minecraft in addition to last year's Frozen and Angry Birds. The enthusiasm for this activity is overwhelming and many students report coding at home for fun now, too. The Hour of Code was begun in 2013 by, a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science by reaching students of all backgrounds to inspire them to keep learning. Summit's Hour of Code is a statement that Summit schools are ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. For more about Summit's Hour of Code, see the article below.
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About us

The Hubbard Learning Commons (HLC) is staffed by School Librarian Carole Stubeck and Library Assistant Laura Brody along with a supportive crew of parent volunteers. All students at Lincoln-Hubbard visit the HLC for 30 minutes of instruction each week where they are engaged in a variety of activities designed to ensure they become effective users of information and ideas. Students also borrow books to enjoy at home each week. Classes may also schedule use of the HLC and the librarian for research purposes in support of curricular areas of study throughout the school year.