Marek Library News


Eric Kimmel was Awesome!

Eric Kimmel arrived in Houston on March 6 and presented at eight Alvin ISD elementary schools. He was at Marek on March 10 and thrilled all our students with his stories and sharing about the writing process. Each group heard different stories and information. Our students were great audiences! Please see his website to learn more about him and hear him tell his stories. Marek students created amazing products to show what they learned in their studies of Eric. Fifth graders learned about the author in biography work. Fourth graders compared folk stories that were similar in setting and time period. Third graders compared folk tales and incorporated the stories Eric wrote into their culture studies by determining location of stories around the world. Second graders read Eric's Texas stories and looked at locations around Texas for settings in those stories. Kindergarten and first graders read Anansi stories and made great creations. Mrs. Little helped art students create a massive river scene from Anansi and the Magic Stick! It really was a very memorable experience!

Classroom Happenings

Kindergarten classes have been so busy. We worked on Magnets, Texas and Texas symbols, fiction and nonfiction, and lots of Eric Kimmel stories. They looked at his website and learned about "told and retold" stories. We looked at characters, setting and beginning/middle/end.

First grade classes have been doing research about animals, presidents and famous African Americans. They have learned about IIM (Independent Investigation Method) that is our process for research. I am amazed at what first graders can do as products. The wax museum and presentations were amazing!!

Second Grade has been working on their animal research in their science classes, nonfiction text features to go along with animal research in their language arts classes and continued their biography work. It is very exciting to see the students notice that the questions they have in research are turning into the main ideas in their research product! Their information gathered is turning into the supporting details! We moved into poetry studies after spring break!

Third grade has worked on cultures, inferencing, and also Eric Kimmel. We focused on culture in reference to Eric's folk tales as they begin their indepth study of traditional literature. Folk tales take place in specific countries so we were able to determine which country was the setting for Eric's stories. He also writes fairy tales and we worked on attributes of those stories. We will follow that with myths and legends, focusing on Eric's work and then we will move to fables and tall tales. We really enjoy the traditional literature unit in the library!

Fourth grade was able to come to the library for an Eric Kimmel overview, as well. Eric's stories are particularly great for "big kids"! As they get ready for their writing test, they are also working on Texas history and in the study of the Texas Revolution. Mrs. Cessna's students helped with our kindergarten research on Texas for their alphabet book by supporting the students in finding information. Science classes are working on soil, erosion and layers of the earth.

Fifth grade classes are working on westward expansion. I love that time in US history and it is fun to find resources that help them learn that! Science classes are using biomes, adaptations and food chains.

Electronic Books at Marek

Electronic Books


The login is: Marek Password is: school

· NEW!!!! (States and Native Americans)

Login: Marek; Password: School

· StarWalk Media – also electronic books. This will read fiction and nonfiction books to the students. (bookmark this page for future visits)

Student Login: – Marek Student Password: Marek

New electronic books are being added to the catalog this month. We added 50 this week which includes 7 Bluebonnets that kids can “VIEW” at home without checking out! Go to the catalog on the library webpage. Type in “electronic books” for a complete list or the individual titles. Click on the copy with a Blue E instead of a red book. Click View. You will be asked for a password….Mackin login is mmelib and the password is mmeread. Follett login is Guest and password is Guest. Some will read to students. You may need to download the app for Mackin or Sebco, but it will prompt you.

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