Northern Hills Library News

Happenings from December 2017

Hour of Code Grades 3-5

Our campus participated again this year in the International Hour of Code. The third-fifth graders came to the library and had a mini-lesson on what coding is and how important it is no matter what job you do when you grow up. They then were able to try out eight different coding apps on the library iPads or code on the code.org website. One fifth grader remarked that this is her favorite day of the year. We love hearing this from our students!

Hour of Code Grades K-2

The "littles" also participated in Hour of Code. They utilized their problem solving and reasoning skills to complete coding challenges to have the Dash robots change colors, move and make noises. They used the Blockly app on the library iPads to code Dash. They had a blast while still learning the importance of following directions and going step by step to reach their goal.

New Books!

Santa came early to the library! We had 192 new books arrive right before the break. So exciting!
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4th Grade Battle of the Books

The week prior to the Winter Break we kicked off the 4th grade Battle of the Books. Battle of the Books is a fun reading program to encourage reading for pleasure. The students were given a list of 16 chapter books to start reading. In late April, the students will be given a qualifying test about those books to see who will represent their class in the school battle. Think of it as a game show about those books where the classes compete against each other. The winner from the campus battle will compete at the district battle in May.
To see more information about Battle of the Books click here.

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Other Learning Fun...

  • Third grade tested their knowledge about properties of matter by playing a game on the Quizziz website. They got very competitive! The top five winners earned a prize.
  • The lower grade classrooms that were winners in the Literary Pumpkin contest came in for the extra time they won and did a cool Christmas craft. The upper grade winners got extra coding time on the iPads.

Reading Challenges!

To keep learning and growing over the Winter Break and beyond, three reading challenges were sent home. One is sponsored by the library and it involves reading 5 hours at home. The students were given a variety of ways to do their reading. When the form is completed and returned to the library the students can choose one of the sports themed clips pictured below. It is due no later than January 12th.

The second challenge is sponsored by Six Flags. The students can earn a ticket to Six Flags Fiesta Texas by reading 6 hours at home. The completed form is due anytime before February 26, 2018.

The third challenge is sponsored by Schlitterbahn. The students can earn a ticket to cool off at the summer there by reading 10 hours at home. The completed form is due anytime before February 28, 2018.

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Library Information

  • 16 instructional days.
  • Total items checked out 1,970
  • 27 Overdrive Checkouts
  • 56 total classes taught. Classes focused on coding, properties of matter and Christmas stories
  • 28 classes came in for check out only.
  • 205 walk-ins

Upcoming events-

Six Flags Reading Challenge, Schlitterbahn Reading Challenge


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