Mann Library

November 2016

One Book Two Book festival - writing opportunity

Hello everyone! Below you will find updates for each grade level for the month of November.


I also wanted to remind everyone about the One Book Two Book writing festival. Students in grades 1-8 are encouraged to submit a one page of writing for the 2017 One Book Two Book festival from the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature. This can be any type of writing, must be original work, and written this school year. Deadline is Friday, December 16. Please open the link for more information. I am telling students about this opportunity during library class. If your child is interested in participating, please let me know!


Information to submit writing pieces can be found here.


On-line submission form: http://bit.ly/OneBookTwoBook

Kindergarten

During the past month, kindergartners have continued to talk about fiction vs. non-fiction books. We did a neat activity where each student was given a book, and then they had to determine if their book was fiction or non-fiction, and then find their "pair" with an other student in the class. For example, a pair was a non-fiction book about pigs and an Olivia fiction book! We also switched gears to an "unplugged" computer coding lesson in preparation for Computer Science week next week! Students amazed me with their critical thinking skills in the fun activity where we learned about basic algorithms.

Book checkout day is FRIDAY for both classes.

1st Grade

During the last few weeks, 1st graders have been busy! On the day before Election Day we read the non-fiction book entitled "If I Ran for President" and had some great discussions. We continued to talk about fiction vs. non-fiction books after that. This week we switched gears to a fun "unplugged" computer coding lesson in preparation for Computer Science week next week! Students amazed me with their critical thinking skills in the engaging activity where we learned about basic algorithms.


Book checkout day is FRIDAY for both classes.

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2nd Grade

During the last few weeks, students had basic introductions to keyboarding skills in the computer lab. We watched a short video about "Home Row" and then practiced using it as students played the keyboarding game "Alpha-Munchies" from the abc-ya! website. We will build on these skills throughout the school year. We also reviewed fiction vs. non-fiction books. This week, we switched gears and did an "unplugged" computer coding activity in preparation for Computer Science week next week! Students amazed me with their critical thinking skills in the fun activity where we learned about basic algorithms and programs.

Book checkout day is on FRIDAY for 2nd grade.

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3rd Grade

During the last few weeks, 3rd graders had basic introductions to keyboarding skills in the computer lab. We watched a short video about "Home Row" and then practiced using it as students played the keyboarding game "Alpha-Munchies" from the abc-ya! website. We will build on these skills throughout the school year with the Type to Learn keyboarding program. Students are welcome to sign-in to this website with their login to practice at home, too. If they need help remembering their log in information, please let me know. This week, we switched gears and did an "unplugged" computer coding activity in preparation for Computer Science week next week! Students did really well working in small groups to simulate a computer and computer programmers in a neat activity.


Book checkout day is on TUESDAY for Mrs. Cernuto.
Book checkout day is on FRIDAY for Mr. Green.

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4th Grade

During the last few weeks, Fourth graders spent a little more time with the "Type to Learn" program to build their keyboarding skills. Students are welcome to sign-in to this website with their login to practice at home, too. If they need help remembering their log in information, please let me know. We also introduced the Dewey Decimal Classification system with a video and classifying activity. We will continue to practice this throughout the year. This week, we switched gears to prepare for Computer Science week next week! We watched a video that discussed what Computer Science is and what programmers do. Students were amazed to see some of the famous people in the video! We also took a quick look at deciphering coding examples as a large group.

Book checkout day is on TUESDAY for Mrs. Aitken.
Book checkout day is on WEDNESDAY for Mrs. Perry.
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5th and 6th Grade

5th and 6th graders talked about the ICCA book award program early this month. They watched some book trailers and are encouraged to read some of these books before the spring to participate in voting for their favorite!


Also, Fifth and sixth grade students in the Iowa City Community School District received a generous gift. Local children’s author, Delia Ray, recently spoke to students in all of our elementary schools. She was our 2016 Visiting Author, a long-standing literacy program sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust and donors to the ICCSD Foundation. Art and Ginger Nowak, local education supporters, wanted to ensure that every fifth and sixth grade student had one of her books. We graciously accept this gift of a Delia Ray book, Here Lies Linc, for each child who had not yet obtained one, and we thank them for their extreme generosity.


This week, we switched gears to prepare for Computer Science week next week! We watched a video that discussed what Computer Science is and what programmers do. Students were amazed to see some of the famous people in the video! We also took a quick look at deciphering coding examples as a large group.

Book checkout day is on WEDNESDAY for Mrs. Mulligan.
Book checkout day is on THURSDAY for 6th grade.

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