Northern Hills Library News

Happenings from May 2018

Fourth Grade Research

Even though the school year is winding down the learning still continues in the library. Fourth grade completed a research unit on animal adaptations. They scanned a QR code using the library iPads that took them to a Hyperdoc. The Hyperdoc contained ebooks, databases, Discovery Learning and Brainpop links for animal adaptations. They read one of the four ebooks about different ecosystems and chose an animal from that ecosystem to research. Once they chose their animal to research, they used Britannica and PebbleGo databases to obtain their information about various adaptations their animal has. If their research was completed before the end of their scheduled time they had free choice to learn about food chains and camouflage from the other areas in the Hyperdoc. The students worked very hard and were so engaged!

Lower Grade Book Battles

May is a busy month in the library for Battle of the Books! We conducted a Skippy JonJones Battle for first grade, a Fairy/Folk Tale Battle for second grade and third grade read eight chapter books. The teams all worked so hard and all of the battle were so competitive. We even had a tie in the second grade battle and had to do a tie breaker. So intense!

Fourth Grade Battle of the Books

In addition to the lower grade level battles we held a fourth grade battle of the books. The students were given a list of 18 books to read and study in December. The winner of the campus battle was Mrs. Wherry's Undercover Unicorns. They went on to represent Northern Hills at the District battle held at Garner Middle School. The Madison cluster battle was a real nail biter. Only seven points separated the top 3 teams and Northern Hills came out the winner. They went on to the finals and did our campus proud!

Virtual Reality Stations

The students were able to try out all the new cool virtual reality tools we have here in the library at stations. They tried the VR Goggles, VR books, Google Expeditions, Merge Cubes and Quiver. They were so excited and had a blast trying the different experiences.

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Kinder enjoyed reading "Diary of a Worm" and learning more about earthworms from the PebbleGo database. We then did an experiment in the library where we created "worms" by mixing water and a substance. We all enjoyed the experience so much!

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Library Information

  • 22 instructional days
  • 1,201 total items checked out
  • 21 Overdrive Checkouts
  • 27 total classes taught. Classes focused on animal adaptations, augmented reality, research, note taking and source citation.
  • 4 Battle of the Books were held.
  • 11 classes came in for check out only.
  • 62 walk-ins

Upcoming events-Kinder Alphabet Fair and Summer Reading

**Don't forget to click on the library webpage button below to access information about summer reading suggestions. There is also a tab about how students can win prizes from local businesses by reading and avoiding the "summer slump".

**A flyer from the San Antonio Public Library about their summer reading program is also going home with all students.

Don't forget about using Overdrive to check out ebooks!