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The Newsletter of the Findley Oaks Media Center

The Power of Pleasure Reading

A love of reading continues to grow with students across the grades as they have opportunities to come to the media center independently and in small groups to explore the collection and curl up with a good book. Students checked out about 5,000 books this past month. Pre-K and Kindergarten students may borrow one book at a time, while checkout limits are expanded to three for students in 2nd through 5th grades. You can play a role in your child's exploration of the book collection by asking them what they select to read and why. Encourage the enthusiasm they have for the books they have selected--student interest in a book plays a key role in developing a love of reading. Take it a step further and suggest that you read one of the books together and talk about it!

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eBooks

Reading options for students aren't limited to our print collection in the media center. We also offer access to more than 800 eBooks and to the Web sites BookFlix and Tumblebooks with additional titles. Students may borrow two eBooks at a time, in addition to the print books on loan from the media center. Follow the directions below to use these resources either on a computer or mobile device, including phones and tablets.

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Develop a Stronger, More Diversified Reader

Consider participating in the “Book" with Mrs. Rubin program. The program provides one-on-one reading appointments to help Findley Oaks students develop personalized reading lists, as well as explore eBooks and related online resources. Appointments are held daily from 7:10 to 7:35 a.m. To sign up, click on the link below to fill out the form with your student and submit it online. Once the form is received, you will received an e-mail with your appointment date.

Media Center Instruction

Students wrapped up their Digital Citizenship studies with review and reflection lessons earlier in the month. Check out some of their responses on our "Be a Responsible Digital Citizen" Padlet below. Students are now moving into other Information Literacy instruction. PreK students are developing an understanding of what a media center is and how to use it. Kindergarteners are exploring the roles of authors and illustrators. First grade students are expressing opinions about their favorite authors and learning how to find, then compare and contrast, books by those authors. Second graders are taking the next step to become independent media center users with hands-on activities using the online catalog. Third and Fifth graders are taking on a literature project in which they will make "Book Trailers" showcasing favorite books and persuading others to read them. QR codes linked to the trailers will be affixed to book covers so that students can easily scan them. Fourth grade students are working on a PBL (Project Based Learning) Unit in which they research ways to stay safe on social media when they reach an appropriate age to use it. They will compile their findings into a digital or print guide book to share with their peers.
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