January Library News

At PMI every day is library day!

3rd Grade

This month third grade classes learned about the Dewey decimal system. This is the system we use to organize our nonfiction (informational) books. Students have learned about the ten main classes, what type of information is included in each group, and where books in each group are located in the library. Students had fun with our "Dewey Ducks" and listening to the Dewey Decimal Rap! These activities help students become independent users of our library which is especially important as they learn to locate resources for projects, research, and that ones that are of interest to them.


This week students learned about nonfiction text features. We discussed how these text features can help readers make sense of what they are reading, provide additional information, and help them find information. Students explored nonfiction books as part of a "text feature hunt" to identify text features they learned about and explain why the author used those text features.

4th Grade

Fourth grade students learned about nonfiction text features. Students used an atlas to identify: headings, subheadings, maps, glossary, index, table of contents, caption, diagram, photograph, illustration, charts, graphs, diagrams, etc. We discussed how these text features can help readers make sense of what they are reading, provide additional information, and help them find information.

5th Grade

Fifth grade students started 2016 with a reflection and goal setting activity. Students thought about 2015 and set personal/school related goals for 2016. Reflection is an important part of the research process. Students must be able to look at the work they are doing and identify strengths and set goals for improvement.


Fifth graders have also been working on a Dewey decimal project. Each class was assigned an area of the Dewey decimal system to explore and write lists of the types of books that can be found in that section. This week students created word clouds representing their assigned areas. The word clouds look great and will be shared with third grade students to help them learn about the Dewey decimal system.

Upcoming events

Scholastic Book Fair

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 10:30am to Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 7:30pm

PMI

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at PMI February 4 - February 10. Students will have an opportunity to preview the book fair during library class and can make purchases during lunch. The book fair will also be open during Family Connect Night on February 10 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Family Connect Night

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 6-7pm

PMI

PMI Library is hosting a coding activity during Family Connect Night. Students participated in the Hour of Code in December and boy was it fun! Students were introduced to writing code and worked on problem solving skills, creativity, and logic. I hope you will stop by the library on Family Connect Night to try some coding activities!
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