Northern Hills Library News

October 2016

Third Grade Matter Science Stations

To reinforce what they learned in the classrooms about properties of matter the entire third grade completed eight different stations in the library. Utilizing the library iPads they located information on the PebbleGo database, illustrated and labeled types of matter using the Skitch app, classified types of matter and checked comprehension using QR codes and used an ebook about matter to identify nonfiction text features. They also used the library computers to try experiments about matter on the BBC Science webpage.

At two other stations they classified and identified matter.

The students also had a hands on experiment at one station. They took 2 states of matter to create another state of matter. Lots of fun and learning went on during these stations!

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Literary Pumpkin Contest

Again this year, the library sponsored their literary pumpkin contest. The entries are submitted by the classrooms. We had twelve wonderful entries this year. First place went to Ms. Verstegen's class for their Jack Skellington and second place went to Mrs. Pack's class for their Creepy Carrots. There was a tie for third place, Mrs. Ondrias' Bad Kitty and Duck for President deadlocked for that prize. Everyone enjoyed seeing the creative entries.

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Makerspace Club

Our Makerspace Club had their first meeting of the school year. They created their own "monsters" and also used the iPads to try out the new augmented reality books. It was a great way to kick off our club. Next month, they will be trying out the mini-drones!

Storybook Theatre

The talented actresses from Storybook Theater presented the play "The Two Pigs and T.H.E. Wolf" for the entire school. The students thoroughly enjoyed the performances. Presenters like these are funded from the Book Fair sales. We have another presenter coming to our campus in April.

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Kinder Three Little Pigs Stations

In preparation for the visit from Storybook Theater the classes read "The Three Little Pigs". They did five different stations about the story. Using Legos they created a new house for the pigs, they retold and sequenced the story, made a pig headband, used the iPad to draw a new house on the Doodle Buddy app and did pig math.

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Library Information

  • 2,149 total items checked out.
  • Checkouts by grade level. PK-165, K-212, 1st-317, 2nd-640, 3rd-237, 4th-171, 5th-238, Staff & Parents-84.
  • 78 classes taught. Classes were taught on properties of matter, text features, fairy tales.
  • 24 classes came in for check out only.
  • 205 walk-ins. See graph charts below for a breakdown.
  • 47 check outs on Overdrive.


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