Lower School Library

News & Updates - November 2016

Busy November

From reading passports to book tastings, Pebble Go searches to research questions, Lower School students (and teachers!) have been engaged in a variety of reading activities and inquiry projects in and out of the library. Enjoy this month's sampling below.

Your Lower School Librarian,

Picture Book Month

Throughout this month, students have been encouraged to dive deeper into our picture book section to read and celebrate the thousands of brilliantly illustrated books located there. They journeyed to new lands, both real and imaginary, and even got stamps in their very own reading passports!

Library Restaurant - Book Tastings

Mountain begins islands study

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Mountain class students started their social studies unit on islands this month, first focusing on geography and then moving on to culture. This short research project allows each student to focus on one island (or group of islands) and learn a little bit about the land and its people. As a class, we learned how to ask different types of questions, and we brainstormed specific questions we might want answered about our islands. This week, students will begin their research by choosing questions from our question bank to investigate!

Pebble Go Animals & Science

River and Sky students have been exploring our Pebble Go Animals and Science databases in their classrooms to listen to and read nonfiction text. Students can also use Pebble Go in the library during lunch recess - and at home, too!

Animal/human comparisons in River & Sky

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As part of their Pebble Go research, River and Sky students have been brainstorming and writing comparison pieces inspired by our reading of My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not!) by Peter Brown. Students are choosing their own human/animal pairs, as illustrated above, and using evidence from their research to show just how similar they are!

Mountain/Forest Tech Rotation

Free time in the library

Lunch recess is a great time for students to explore the library at their own pace and leisure. When not reading or checking out books, you can find students drawing, knitting, dancing, singing, and much more. It's a sweet spot at recess!

Checkouts & Overdues

Each class continues to visit the library weekly for book browsing and checkout. Books are due two weeks after they are checked out. They can be renewed as long as there is not a hold placed by another student.

Overdue notices will be emailed by December 2. Be on the lookout for any overdue or missing books!

Starting next week, all books that are checked out will be due after winter break. It is up to you and your family to decide if you want to take home (or on vacation) books for break. I am happy for many books to go home - as long as they come back!

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Until next time...

Feel free to stop by, call, or email with any questions/comments about anything you read here or your child's reading.

Be sure to stop by the library blog for a great, big list of lists of the best children's books of the year! Link below.