Off the Shelf...
@ the Kirkwood Library
Kirkwood Library-Where Adventure Awaits!
All Kirkwood students visit the library each week for library classes and book checkouts. My goal is to present a newsletter once a month highlighting what is happening in the library.
If you ever have any questions about library learning or library checkout please feel free to shoot me an email or give us a call!
Checking out books for the first time. Kindergarten starts out the year checking out one book at a time. Checkout days for Kindergarten are Thursday for Ms. Jessen's class and Friday for Mrs. Child's class. Books should be returned weekly so students can get new books every week!
First graders started the year reviewing book care and how to make sure their library books are well taken care of at home! Please encourage students to keep books in their backpack when they aren't being read so they can check out new books every week!
Second graders started the year learning how to choose "Just Right" books. These are books they can read independently. Students must have at least one Just Right book for checkout. Encourage your students to read at home EVERYDAY!
What's Going on in K-2?
First Grade: First grade started the year with a review of book care and a review of the parts of the books. We have recently started an author study on author/illustrator Peter Brown. Through this author study we have been reviewing the parts of the book, the role of author and illustrator and learning about how books are created. Check out the link to this website below!
Second Grade: Second grade started the year with a quick review of book care and we jumped right into how to choose Just Right books. Just Right books are books that students can read independently. It important for students to learn how to choose a Just Right books so they can practice their independent reading at home. Last week we started a unit on Fiction vs. Nonfiction literature. We will be reading "Diary of a..." book by Doreen Cronin and comparing these fiction texts with their nonfiction counterparts.
What's going on in 3-6?
Fifth and Sixth Grade: 5th and 6th graders started the the year creating unique passwords for their individual student logins they use to access school technology and Google drive. We also started a unit on Digital Citizenship. So far we have talked about keeping information private online and how to stay safe. We have also been talking about presenting your best self and leaving a positive digital footprint and going through different scenarios that may harmful or harmless to kids online.
Visiting Author-Grace Lin
Author/Illustrator Grace Lin will be visiting Kirkwood's 3rd and 4th graders on Tuesday, November 3.
Classroom teachers are reading books from the Pacy Lin series. The three books in the series are The Year of the Dog, The Year of the Rat and Dumpling Days.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Students are also listening to Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon during library classes in preparation for her visit.
Visiting Author-Grace Lin
Student Logins & Google Accounts
All students in grades 3-6 have unique logins for accessing the computer at Kirkwood. These logins also give them access to all of the Google Apps for Education! Students spend the first couple of weeks learning their logins and how to use them.
5th and 6th graders are using Google Classroom during library classes. It is a great way to keep things paperless and give students easy to access to learning materials.
5th and 6th graders have been learning about Digital Citizenship during library. Digital Citizenship lessons help students learn how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.