Marek Library News

February

Eric Kimmel is Coming!

Our next big event is Eric Kimmel’s Author Visit on March 10! I’m so excited! The kids have been reading folk tales, holiday stories, Anansi stories, etc. in preparation. Book sales began January 13 and will end January 28 because the orders have to be processed far in advance. Eric is able to autograph books for your family and friends so don't miss this unique opportunity!


Reading in Jammies

February 6, 2015

6 to 7:30 p.m.

Please come to the school in your jammies to listen to four "local celebrities" read Eric Kimmel books. We will rotate through classrooms to hear readers sharing Eric's tales and then we will close with cookies and milk, provided by our marvelous PTO and Mrs. Hawks will read the final story to send us off! It's so much fun and I hope you will be able to join us!



Classroom Happenings

Kindergarten classes have been so busy. We have been working on fiction and nonfiction with winter, author Jan Brett (ask your kindergartener about Janbrett.com) and research about polar animals. I love how much they are able to do!

First grade classes have worked on genres. They learned the difference between fantasy and traditional literature genres of folk tales and fairy tales. Ask them the hand signal for told and retold and about the numbers 3 and 7! We incorporated Eric Kimmel’s folk tales and fairy tales and found the attributes in these genres. We also did research on Martin Luther King and worked on nonfiction text features with soil. They created excellent tree maps about the parts of soil. I learned a lot!


Second grade has worked on weather alphabet books. They also worked on nonfiction text features using animal books. They are working on nonfiction text features and research with biographies, as well. They have learned about the biography section and how to access books for their research on a person! Animal research will be happening soon, too!


Third grade has moved from their author study to study of regions. We have researched different US regions as well as focusing on main idea, details and summary. We did an overview of economics to kick off their study of that unit.


Fourth grade is working on writing concepts and main idea in language arts. We were able to look at online books and see how their content matched the headings. Kids were able to use science, history and language arts topics to see nonfiction headings as the main idea. Mrs. Vogel's science classes are learning about energy such as light and sound. I also see a lot of students using computers to do “Think Through Math”!


Fifth grade in Mrs. Matula's classes are learning about types of national government. They are starting a government and law study and continue to read books for the
"40 Book Project" with Mrs. Tamez. I love being able to help students find books in genres with which they might not have a lot of experience!

Electronic Books at Marek

Electronic Books

· PEBBLE GO – www.pebblego.com

The login is: Marek Password is: school


· NEW!!!! www.PebbleGoNext.com (States and Native Americans)

Login: Marek; Password: School


· StarWalk Media – also electronic books. This will read fiction and nonfiction books to the students.

https://logintoread.com/sign-in.html (bookmark this page for future visits)

Student Login: – Marek Student Password: Marek


New electronic books are being added to the catalog this month. We added 50 this week which includes 7 Bluebonnets that kids can “VIEW” at home without checking out! Go to the catalog on the library webpage. Type in “electronic books” for a complete list or the individual titles. Click on the copy with a Blue E instead of a red book. Click View. You will be asked for a password….Mackin login is mmelib and the password is mmeread. Follett login is Guest and password is Guest. Some will read to students. You may need to download the app for Mackin or Sebco, but it will prompt you.

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