Shimek Library Newsletter
In the lab we have started using KidPix 3D. We have explored shapes and stamps so far. The students love creating with KidPix!
First Grade: The first graders have continued reading Goldfinch books and deciding whether each book was realistic fiction or fantasy fiction. The students especially enjoyed Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe Picture Day by Susan Nees. We are now starting a unit on organization of the library and ABC order of call numbers on the bookshelves. We have discovered that ABC order can be tricky.
Second Grade: The second graders finished the unit on realistic fiction and fantasy fiction by listening to Ling and Ting Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin - it was a realistic fiction book with a fantasy story in one of the chapters! We reviewed library organization and ABC order on the smartboard and by organizing actual books.
1st graders telling a partner what the call numbe would be if they wrote a book.
1st graders putting letters in ABC order.
2nd graders putting books in ABC order.
Fourth Grade: The fourth graders are also reviewing genres for OGR. The students played a matching game for folktales and discovered that there are some famous folktales that we have not read. We read the backs of books and decided which fiction genre they would be: fantasy, realistic, or historical. The students' favorite activity was creating their realistic and fantasy selves on http://www.buildyourwildself.com/; there were some pretty wild students!
3rd graders deciding which book belongs in which genre.
3rd graders making realistic, historical, and fantasy fiction posters.
4th graders creating their realistic and fantasy selves.
Sixth grade: Grant Wood AEA provides many online resources for the use of students. The sixth graders have been exploring each of the sites to see how they could be used for future research. The students are starting a unit on reliable sources - why are they important and how can they be found?
Optimist Good Reader
In March, the Coralville Optimist Club will recognize the students' acheivements. For those students who complete the entire OGR program, the Shimek library will sponsor a chips and salsa party.
Most Popular Books at Shimek for January
#1 New England Patriots
by Aaron Frisch
#2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
by Jeff Kinney
#3 I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871
by Lauren Tarshish