Sowams Library

Winter 2020

Library Learning in December and January

Kindergarten students...


  • learned about Tumblebooks, ebooks available for school and home use.
  • compared different versions of The Gingerbread Man and Three Billy Goats Gruff.
  • enjoyed books and felt board stories.
  • expanded their browsing area to include the Folklore section.
  • used the following comprehension strategies during read alouds: making connections, asking questions, and making predictions.
  • made first attempts to use Seesaw to retell stories.


First Grade students...


  • recognized the different kinds of feelings they can have when using technology.
  • learned what to do if they don't have a good feeling when using technology.
  • discovered that being safe online is similar to staying safe in real life.
  • learned to identify websites and apps that are "just right" and "not right" for them.
  • reviewed routines and library jobs.
  • differentiated fact from opinion through books and sorting.
  • practiced keyboarding with TypingClub to build good habits and muscle memory.
  • collaboratively created plans to illustrate an alternate ending for Shh! We Have a Plan.
  • began to collaboratively construct collage illustrations.

Second Grade students...


  • recognized the kind of information that is private.
  • learned that they should never give out private information online.
  • reviewed routines and library jobs.
  • played the book relay game to deepen their understanding of how to independently locate books in a library.
  • practiced keyboarding with TypingClub to build good habits and muscle memory.
  • used the library catalog, Destiny Discover, to favorite and reserve books.
  • developed Reading Lists.
  • self-selected books for their Book Review Projects.
  • applied the comprehension strategy of describing their book before rereading.
  • developed criteria for evaluating books on a scale from 1 to 5 stars.


Third Grade students...


  • practiced keyboarding with TypingClub to build good habits and muscle memory.
  • examined both in-person and online responsibilities.
  • identify examples of online responsibilities to others.
  • reviewed routines and library jobs.
  • played the book relay game to deepen their understanding of how to independently locate books in a library.
  • used the library catalog, Destiny Discover, to favorite and reserve books.
  • recognized why a strong password is important.
  • practiced creating a memorable and strong password.

Collaboration with Classroom Colleagues

  • First grade students had fun exploring PebbleGo and Freckle in the library.
  • Second grade students received help using Seesaw in small groups.
  • Classes received instruction on how to access resources for their Inspirational People Project.
  • Classroom teachers requested recommendations and/or checkouts for 110 books!
  • The librarian provided Clever badges, Seesaw letters for new families, and digital learning support.

The Sowams Library Website has links to many resources.


You and your child may enjoy reading TumbleBooks while at home. Click the Tumblebook link found on the Sowams Library Home Page.

2019 - 2020 Family Book Club Theme: Empathy Gym

"There's a fair amount of evidence now that the more fiction that people read, the more empathetic that they become," says Stanford psychologist Jamil Zaki. "Because fiction is one of the most powerful ways to connect with people who are different from us who we might not have a chance to meet otherwise." - NPR
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