Media News

February 2016

This month in media class

Welcome to a little newsletter I intend to share every month. In this "letter" you can find out what we are doing during media classes, important information or changes, resources, and tech tidbits that you can explore and use in your classroom.

This month kindergarten and first grade will work on various literacy skills as well as exploring different topics that are typically celebrated in the month of February. The first week of February we are going to read my favorite story, Snowmen at Night and work on determining the differences between things that are fact and things that are fiction. Then, the week of Valentine's day we will work on inferencing skills by reading the story, The Day it Rained Hearts. Did you know it's dental health month? I have some resources posted below to help support your students learning on this topic. However, we will spend a week covering dental health by reading a book about proper dental health and completing sequencing activities. The last week of the month will be dedicated to black history where we will focus on Martin Luther King (a non fiction text) and work on identifying text features as well as important research facts about him.

This month in second and third grade will begin the month by focusing on fiction and non fiction using the same story, Snowmen at Night. The week of Valentines Day we will read the story, Somebody Love You, Mr. Hatch and work on summarizing the story as well as completing an independent activity. Then the last two weeks will be spent on learning the research process. The first week, we will learn about the underground railroad and apply the research process. The next week, students will work together on another historic figure and apply the process on their own.


Getting digital...

Looking for a free reading website for a listening center? Here are a few that I enjoy using during media class..

The screen actors guild has a wonderful website full of picture books! The best part--they are read aloud by famous actors and actresses!

The international children's library provides a site full of books! Simply select "read books", and it will take you to their database where you can select books based on age or genre. These are not "popular" titles, but can still provide great stories to teach with or to incorporate with your listening center.

Mentor Text of the Month: THEME

Books to support your lessons...

The Giving Tree

The Hard Times Jar

Mr. Peabody's Apples

Tree Lady

Flyaway Home

The Empty Pot

Spaghetti on a Hot Dog Bun

Chester's Way

The Recess Queen

These Hands

Rainbow Fish

A Chair for my Mother


-Battle of the books practice will begin this week, our competition is April 7th! We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays during my lunch 12:10- 12:40. Some may begin staying after school on Wednesdays (I'll let you know more once they return their permission forms).

-New AR goals need to be visible on green folders or on reading logs. Please sign their logs before they come to the library, we have many students who are returning books that aren't logged. If you have specific types of books that you want them to get or don't want them to get, please communicate that with us. Some teachers require their students to have a fiction and a non fiction book or students are not allowed to get graphic novels.

-AR store--- Please bare with me as I learn what this is and determine how to get it set up and running smoothly.