Life in the Library
Guest Author Kate Klise
Fifth graders are also learning the basics of the Big 6, which we will tie into their classroom research projects. Mr. Kohlmayer's class has been working on an explorers project, learning to evaluate websites and use appropriate information. They are working hard on Power Point skills, such as using bulleted, short notes and simple designs/transitions. Mrs. Boylan's and Mrs. Gallagher's classes are learning to evaluate nonfiction sources by looking at the text features (index, captions, etc.) and using the abstracts/call numbers from our online catalog. They will put these skills into practice for an author and solar system project, respectively.
In fourth grade, we also have a variety of research happening! Mrs. Handfinger's and Mrs. DiLuigi's classes are learning about a favorite animal. We have learned to find information in books using text features, World Book Encyclopedia online and trustworthy websites. Mr. Beal's class has done the same about states, using a trial of an online encyclopedia called Pebble Go. Mrs. Edwards's class continues their research using different sources about the environment. Each class will be creating a Power Point, learning how to insert text, pictures and transitions.
Genres are the focus in third grade (and we like to say that word with a flourish!)! We have been learning about both fiction and nonfiction genres, such as mysteries, fantasy, biographies, etc. In groups, students have sorted genre descriptions and titles, and we played a smart board interactive game to review. Using what we know, we are now learning about our guest author Kate Klise and her many-genred books. Since Kate often writes in letters, we will be working on some letter-writing skills as well. Using an online letter generator, students will write letters to the author before her visit.
Second graders are having fun with Kate's circus-themed books, from her picture books to her series. They have illustrated their own circus picture and are even completing an application to the circus! (Don't worry - we won't let them go!) We will also take a look at her other series and talk about writing letters, even trying our hand at our own.
The first graders have spoken! We finished up reading our selections for the PA Young Readers Choice Award and cast our votes! Ask your child which book (or books, since we had a few ties!) were the winners! The voting booklet and paper came home with your child, if you'd like to explore any of the books or authors further. I will place our winning title (most votes across the grade level) to the PA Library Association, and the winner will be announced at our conference in mid-May. Stay tuned! Now we are on to learning about our guest author and sharing her many picture books together!
Kindergarteners have celebrated spring with a few sweet titles, and are now also sharing Kate Klise's picture books. This will likely be the first time for most to meet a "real, live author!" So, we will learn about the job of an author and what to expect when she comes to visit. We are very excited!