Jackson-Keller Library Newsletter- May Edition
Upcoming library events:
May 5: 2nd grade Fairy Tale Bowl
May 9, 10 & 11: Library closed in the morning due to STAAR testing
May 12: 4th grade Battle of the Books
May 13: 3rd grade Battle of the Books
May 18: All library materials are due
May 23: 4th grade District Battle at Wemore Elementary
Gus is our winner!
Our four-legged friend, Gus was a finalist in a nationwide contest where he won third place. Although he did not receive the most votes, we were thrilled with all the support that he and Mrs. Barnes were shown. The hospital where he volunteers was so touched by his story that they plan to donate books for the Jackson-Keller students in his name. What a wonderful blessing! We really appreciate their thoughtfulness and we will keep you posted.
May 2-8: National Children's Book Week ties in with National Screen-Free Week
Jackson-Keller library is celebrating National Children's Book week with the sharing of many different picture books during library visits. We also found that by celebrating Children's Book week, it ties in so nicely with National Screen-Free Week. We have been discussing alternatives to television and video games. Take the challenge the week of May 2nd to read some books and keep the tube off!
Lively Library Lessons
Spring has been keeping us quite busy. In April, we celebrated National Poetry Month by exploring, reading, and creating poetry. Kindergarteners found rhyming words in Mac Barnett's tricky book, Guess Again. We also created a rainbow poem after reading Rainbows All Around Me by Pinkney. First graders heard and responded to lots of different poetry from various anthologies. They created their own band-aids of things that cause them to say, "Ouch!" after reading "Sick" by Shel Silverstein. Second and third graders learned about elements of poetry and wrote acrostic poems. These students also worked in small groups to create their own theme/shape poems on www.readwritethink.org. Fourth and fifth graders learned about poetry elements and then used DoodleBuddy on the iPads to analyze and identify elements within their chosen poem. We had much fun. We also wrote our own color poems on paint swatches and explored our creative sides. We have really enjoyed National Poetry Month!
Battle of the Books and Fairy Tale Bowl
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April library statistics
We have been staying very busy and are thrilled by all the reading happening at JK!
Take a look:
Kinder: 297 books
1st: 133 books
2nd: 921 books
3rd: 596 books
4th: 648 books
5th: 476 books
Parent and teachers: 209 books
Total books circulated: 3,280 books