Reading! Technology! Fun!

December 2013

Hard to believe it is already DECEMBER! In November, the Learning Commons hosted a very successful Book Fair (THANK YOU), Immigration Station with 5th grade, South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee Book Talks with 3rd - 5th grade, Library Catalog lessons with 1st and 2nd grade, and so much MORE! In December, we are looking forward to looking for the Gingerbread Man with Kindergarten classes, learning about Scratch and Kerpoof in Media Technology, and whatever else YOU NEED! Please let your Learning Commons Team know what we can do for you!


Mrs. Byrd Fort, Mrs. Gobbi, and Ms. Burkett

Gift Ideas!

Feel free to share these links with parents!

Books They’re Ho-Ho-Hoping For from James Patterson’s ReadKiddoRead website:


Common Sense Media Gift Guide:


There are lots of great links here…and a pledge to sign if you are going to give books this holiday season!


Life Long Guidelines & Life Skills SPOTLIGHT!

Check out these resources!

Each month, I will highlight resources (books, websites, videos) that you can use to help you teach the Life Skills and LifeLong Guidelines for the week/month. You can add videos and other resources that YOU find to this Google Doc (or send them to me and I'll add them): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NFsEIehMDFzjrxnwBPpJsen3KBnIgTe4EHJwA2nJLC8/edit?usp=sharing

In December, we focus on Common Sense, Creativity, and Initiative.

Check out the links below for some excellent book lists to help you find great read alouds for the month! Don't forget that we are happy to pull books for you or request them from other schools, if needed!

Amelia Bedelia is fun for teaching Common Sense! Check out this link with lost of activities that go along with these funny books! http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/kids/gamesandcontests/features/amelia/

Books by Peter H. Reynolds (The Dot, Ish) are super for Creativity. Visit his website here: http://www.peterhreynolds.com/

There are many stories of famous people who show Initiative...check out a biography to read to your class and talk about how that person used initiative in their work.

Save the Date!

The Learning Commons has lots of great events coming up - be sure to mark your calendars!

Lion Cub Storytime - December 13, 2013 9am

PAWS to Read at Pets, Inc. - December 18, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm

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About Us

The Vision and Mission of the New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons is to ensure that students and teachers are effective users of ideas and information in regards to both print and digital resources. We strive to provide library materials and services appropriate to the curriculum of the school and to provide library materials and services that meet the information and recreational needs of the learning community and that will encourage and support Common Core State Standards as well as the 4 C's - Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication. We provide opportunities for collaboration between the Learning Commons Team (Teacher Librarian, Library Assistant, Technology Integration Specialist) and the Classroom Teacher to integrate information literacy, digital literacy, book love and technology into instruction.