Reading! Technology! Fun!

November 2013

The Learning Commons has been a busy place! 5th graders have been researching inventors and creating Gamis using the Tellagami app; they started research about different countries this week. 5th graders also particpated in the Global Cardboard Challenge! 1st and 2nd graders have been learning how to use the library catalog and 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been finding out about the South Carolina Children's Book Award nominees. Kindergarten has been learning about *my* favorite author, Mo Willems and we have all had a good time getting to know our new library pets, African Dwarf Frogs, Flip and Flop. Please let us know what we can do for you!

Your Learning Commons Team,

Mrs. Gobbi, Mrs. Burkett, and Mrs. Byrd Fort


I LOVE reading Young Adult literature (Twilight, Pretty Little Liars, Hunger Games, etc.) and I know many of you do too! You might want to check out YALLFest in Charleston on November 9. Lots of AWESOME YA authors will be there (and so will I)! Here's a link to more information: http://yallfest.org/

Life Long Guidelines & Life Skills SPOTLIGHT!

Check out these resources!

Each month, I will highlight resources (books, websites, videos) that you can use to help you teach the Life Skills and LifeLong Guidelines for the week/month. You can add videos and other resources that YOU find to this Google Doc (or send them to me and I'll add them): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NFsEIehMDFzjrxnwBPpJsen3KBnIgTe4EHJwA2nJLC8/edit?usp=sharing

In November, we focus on Integrity, Patience, Problem Solving, and Flexibility.

Check out the links below for some excellent book lists to help you find great read alouds for the month! Don't forget that we are happy to pull books for you or request them from other schools, if needed!

CV Character Ed Books - a wiki with lots of great lists (look for links to books on the left):


Northern Kentucky University has a good list of books for teaching character education:


A great lesson plan from Scholastic for teaching integrity:


Fantastic list of books for teaching character traits from the Chapel Hill Public Library:


Save the Date!

The Learning Commons has lots of great events coming up this school year - be sure to mark your calendars!

PAWS to Read - November 6 at Pets Inc. 3:30pm - 4:30pm

BOOK FAIR Teacher Preview with Steve Black - November 15 - 2:30pm - 4pm

BOOK FAIR - November 18 - 22, 2013

BOOK FAIR Family Night - November 21 - 6pm - 8pm

Lion Cub Storytime - December 13, 2013 9am

NPES Virtual Learning Commons

The NPES Learning Commons is EVERYWHERE! Find us and be our friend!

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Instagram - @npeslearningcommons

Twitter - @mrsbyrdfort

Website - https://sites.google.com/site/newprovidencelearningcommons/

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About Us

The Vision and Mission of the New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons is to ensure that students and teachers are effective users of ideas and information in regards to both print and digital resources. We strive to provide library materials and services appropriate to the curriculum of the school and to provide library materials and services that meet the information and recreational needs of the learning community and that will encourage and support Common Core State Standards as well as the 4 C's - Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication. We provide opportunities for collaboration between the Learning Commons Team (Teacher Librarian, Library Assistant, Technology Integration Specialist) and the Classroom Teacher to integrate information literacy, digital literacy, book love and technology into instruction.