Olmos Library Newsletter

January

Library Stats for January

Total Checkouts per grade level:


  • Kinder- 197
  • 1st- 131
  • 2nd- 318
  • 3rd- 312
  • 4th- 192
  • 5th- 374

Total checkouts (includes grade levels and staff)= 1,6709

3rd Grade Research- Rapid Changes in the Earth's Surface

3rd grade classes came into the library for a co-teach research unit about Forces of Nature. Each class chose 1 force of nature to focus on during the library portion of the research unit. By the end of the unit students will have learned about the types, locations, and causes of Rapid Changes in Earth's Surface (blizzards, earthquakes, hurricanes, landslides, tornados, tsunamis, wildfires and volcanic eruptions) and will be able to explain how to prepare for and respond to them. Students Final Project was to create a Discovery Education Board using the information they gathered.

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Fiction versus Non Fiction

Kinder students learned the difference between Fiction and Nonfiction books as well as some interesting facts about penguins. The students enjoyed reading Flight School (Fiction) and an easy nonfiction book about penguins that was read in English or Spanish depending on the class (monolingual, bilingual, dual). After we read and discussed both books, students colored a penguin picture that could be used with the Quiver App. The Quiver App allowed their picture to transform into a 3-D image that moved.

The Mitten by Jan Brett

1st grade students enjoyed listening to The Mitten by Jan Brett and reviewed sequence of events. After the story was read, students had to recall the order in which the animals appeared in the story and then placed them inside a green mitten via a Smart Board Activity.
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Two Bad Ants

2nd grade students were introduced to the book called Two Bad Ants and our lesson centered around Visualization and Descriptive Words.


  • We read a short paragraph from Bad Ants (they could not see the cover or any pictures from the book).

  • We used a practice paragraph first (together we picked 2-3 descriptive words from the sentences) and then I showed them my example of the work I did on the iPad.

  • After the practice we then read a different paragraph that they were to use.

  • 1st time we read to enjoy and to get a mental picture in our heads of what was happening.

  • 2nd time we read for information- descriptive/describing words.

  • Now they were ready to use the iPads: Write your name, write down 2-3 descriptive words from the paragraph (the paragraph was displayed on the Smartboard the whole time), then use the information we just read about to draw a picture of what was happening.

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Objects In The Sky

Kindergarten students read the e-book called The Moon by Felicia Law. A panda named Bamboo and his two friends settle down to sleep in their rain forest home and share what they know about the moon. After our story was read, students learned some additional facts about the moon via Pebble Go. After discussing some physical characteristics of the moon and other objects in the sky (i.e. stars, sun, clouds), students drew pictures of all 4 objects inside their ABC Journal.
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It's A Tiger!!

1st grade students enjoyed the book It's A Tiger by David LaRochelle and analyzing the illustrations created by Jeremy Tankard. Students were told they would have a chance to be illustrators and would be drawing their own tiger as Part 1 of this lesson. Students only used a pencil to illustrate their tiger. Part 2 of the lesson will take place during their next scheduled lesson/check out time where they will use the Crayola Lights, Camera, Color App. to add color to their tiger. Jeremy Tankard uses a computer to color and assemble his ink drawings into the finished product you see in the book.
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How do I get to my destination?

2nd grade learned about the importance of symbols and legends on a map. Part 1 of their lesson introduced various types of symbols used on a map and how they are included in a legend. Students also learned key vocabulary such as map, key/legend, and symbols via a short Power Point followed by a video. Part 2 of the lesson will take place during their next scheduled lesson/check out time where they will use Google Maps and Doodle Buddy App on the iPad to create their own key/legend and symbols. Students will upload a satellite screenshot of Olmos Elementary and surrounding neighborhood to the Doodle Buddy App.
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Read 5 then Decide!

Students in 3rd-5th grade who read at least 5 or more Bluebonnet books and passed the tests received a Voter's Registration card and invitation to the Bluebonnet Party. This year we had the most participation and we even had eight students who read 6 or more books. Two 4th grade students who attended the Bluebonnet Party last year as 3rd graders once again participated and were able to vote and attend the party.


On January 27 students came to the library with their voter's registration card and submitted their ballots for their favorite Texas Bluebonnet book. At the end of the week students who received invitations were able to attend the Bluebonnet Party where they enjoyed some tasty treats, played Bluebonnet Book Trivia using the Kahoot app via the iPads, and won some cool prizes. The book with the most votes was The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Book One: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso.

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