Life in the Library
As kindergarteners become letter experts in class, we used some silly alphabet books to reinforce their knowledge. The Z was Zapped, Alphabet Adventure and more were read to classes. We also had fun reading Slugs in Love for Valentine's Day. We will be starting a new author study this month, focusing on Helen Lester, loved for her Tacky the Penguin series among many other character-education stories.
First graders have a big responsibility... they get to vote for the PA Young Readers book of the year. We have read a number of titles since last month, including Creepy Carrots (look for some great pictures to be posted soon!) and the nonfiction Island, which taught about the Galapagos Islands and its plant/animal life. Dinosaur poems rounded it out. Students worked on a little memory booklet, rating each book with stars and doing an activity for each. We will cast our votes and see what other PA Young Readers think!
Our second graders wrapped up a unit on fables, learning about Aesop's classics along with the morals of the tales. We then read Jon Scieska's Squids Will Be Squids, which is a spoof of traditional fables. This led to our new unit on fractured fairy tales, starting, of course, with his True Story of the Three Little Pigs. We retold traditional fairy tales, then used charts and diagrams to compare them to the fractured version. Students then focused more on point of view, listening to The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. We are also looking at versions of the Frog Prince and Goldilocks to round out the unit. They will have a chance to create their own online stories as well!
After mastering our online card catalog for kids, Destiny Quest, third graders needed to know more about how to then find the books in our library. We went over parts of the library (fiction, nonfiction, everyone/easy, reference and biography) and then learned about spine labels on books. Students made their own based on their selections, then practiced finding them in the library. We will begin taking a look at some research tools later this month, such as World Book Online.
Fourth graders continue to work on their state fair projects. In library, we have been finding and typing up facts, such as state bird, state tree, etc. They are writing a paragraph about places of interest, too. Our read aloud, The Genius Files, is just starting to take off on a journey across the U.S. as well! The next step will be a Power Point presentation about a famous person from their states.
Glogster has been fifth graders' focus for the last few weeks. This alternative to Power Point makes a great poster-like visual, complete with links, graphics, photos and text. You can find directions to go on to Glogster on the library website. Students can log on from home as well. Our "glogs" have been for fun, although some students have made ones to correspond with their explorer reports. We will be using this site for their element research presentations. Students will also begin learning about the Big 6 model for research. Check out www.big6.com for more information.
As we enter the second half of the year, sixth graders focus on preparing for the EPA (Elementary Performance Assessment). Classes completed a "mini" one, to review writing research questions and the basics of Power Point and presentations. We are focusing now on writing good questions and subquestions, making sure our topics are not too narrow or too broad, choosing open ended question words, etc. We will also go over citing sources and note taking as we move into the next marking period.
Please continue to check the library webpage for up to date information and fun stuff!