Norwood and Holden Library Students Have Class
Kindergarten Students have met my puppets Dewey and Deci and are learning to sit quietly on the rug following the library rules, listening to and comparing Fiction and Nonfiction books.
First graders are working hard at learning to independently choose a book from the Easy section and bring it to the computer. They are preparing to bring books home in October. They are also practicing computer skills by using the Starfall website.
Second grade classes take home two books each week. They have learned to use the 5 finger rule to help them choose "just right" Fiction and Nonfiction. They are also learning how to navigate to the Early Learning page on the library website.
Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth
Fourth graders are learning to pursue reading for their own pleasure. They have been exploring places online that extend our library's holdings, using our Book Blog and AskRI sources like Novelist to answer the question, "What should I read?"
Fifth grade have been helping to grow an Answer Garden on the library website, adding book titles and subjects that we need in the library. They have also been adding titles to our Padlet Wall, sharing their summer reading with classmates.
Sixth grade students have reviewed the library arrangement of print sources and our online resources from the library website. Sixth graders were the first class to login and checkout ebooks from the FollettShelf. These books are made available through funding from RILINK and the School Librarians of Rhode Island.
Tara Castro, Library Media Specialist
Professionally I have been busy too. Along with the typical teaching duties of lesson plans and assessing student work, I maintain the library collection. I placed a book order for the Rhode Island Children Book Award Nominees of 2016. These will be shared with grades 4-6 and the students will vote on their favorites in February. I have also been reading book reviews and checking the best books lists of 2015 for future purchases I am considering. After school, I recently attended a workshop at Cranston Public Library on Accessibility to learn about technology available to assist our fragile learners. I am now preparing my notes to share with my colleagues.