Media Messages

A newsletter for LMES teachers, parents, and students

March 2013

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

March 2nd marks the late Dr. Seuss' birthday and the celebration of Read Across America Day, a day of reading for people of all ages, young and small. The 2013 Read Across America theme is "Hats Off to Reading" in honor of the 75th anniversary of The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. View this PDF booklet of ideas for activities to celebrate NEA’s Read Across America.

During library storytime, we will be reading Dr. Seuss books, exploring Dr. Seuss apps, and visiting the Seussville website!

Women's History Month

In March we celebrate the diverse accomplishments of women. Two of the current SC Picture Book nominees tell about the lives of real women: The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps and Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant. See the following book lists for Women's History read-aloud suggestions:

New PebbleGo Research Databases

LMES now has a subscription to PebbleGo Animals, Earth & Space, and Biographies. These databases focus on research skills and informational text for K-3 students. PebbleGo databases Include:

  • Narrated text and highlighting
  • Audio navigation
  • Pictures, Video clips, Timelines
  • Learning activities
  • Games
  • Links to state and national standards

To start using PebbleGo, go to: Email Mrs. Matney for the username and password.

Have you tried Scholastic TrueFlix Yet?

Our school now has a subscription for Scholastic TrueFlix! TrueFlix is the web-based version of Scholastic's True Books series with corresponding informational videos in the areas of science and social studies. Each of the 80+ ebooks has a read-aloud feature with text highlighting (that can be turned on or off) and is paired with a short video to deliver content in a multimedia format. Content is ideal for students in grades 3-5. Each nonfiction pairing also has lesson plans, encyclopedia articles, web links, project ideas, activities, and quizzes. For immediate access within LMES, click here. For remote access at home, visit Contact Mrs. Matney for the username and password.

Thank you for shopping the book fair!

Thanks to everyone who came out to shop the book fair. Money raised helps purchase new books and digital research subscriptions. Many thanks to the parent volunteers who dedicated their time in helping setup and take down the book fair and assisting with preview and sales days. A big thanks to our book fair volunteer coordinator, Vera Timmons, for her hard work as always.

SC Book Award Challenge (Reading Goal #4)

Friday, Mar 15th, 12am

1531 Three Dog Rd

Chapin, SC

Students in grades 1-5 should read and review 12 nominee books by March 15th in order to qualify for the 4th reading goal.

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The mission of the Lake Murray Elementary Media Program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information and to empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, ethical users of information, and productive users of technology.