Notes from the Hawthorne Library
A Monthly Report for Families and Teachers
FEBRUARY - MARCH - APRIL 2022
Eee gads! I had the February/March newsletter ready to go but forgot to push it out into the world - I think spring break derailed my best intentions. I hope you will take a moment to catch up on all the great things we've been doing during library instruction at Hawthorne these last few months!
Montana Treasure State Award Wrap-Up
The results for Hawthorne School are summarized in the graphic below. They are very similar to the statewide results, which you can see at the link above; This Way, Charlie was the HUGE winner, both at Hawthorne and in the state of Montana. It was a super fun TSA year, and I really enjoyed sharing these books with your students! Be sure to ask your child which book they selected.
The first graders have been working on a really fun research project called "Crazy Mixed Up Animals!" Each student had the opportunity to pick two animals to study - one was the same as the animal they researched in class, the other was a new animal. We used World Book Kids to gather facts about each animal then created a BRAND NEW animal that had physical attributes of both. Our final product was an illustration of their creations. I compiled all of their illustrations into a video...click on the image below to view!
SECOND AND THIRD GRADES
Second and third grades also spent the majority of the late winter/early spring working on research. Ms. D's class and Ms. Novak's class focused on notable women (in honor of Women in History Month), while Ms. Bode's class focused on famous inventors. All students used the ABDO database to learn more about their chosen person. Ask your student to tell you a little about who they studied!
Ms. D's class created a class powerpoint with facts about the women they researched. You can view it by clicking on the image below!
FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADES
Speaking of award-winning books, a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to bring together twenty 4th and 5th grade students for a pizza party to celebrate their success in reading at least three of the books nominated for the Young Readers Choice Award! I love spending time with our awesome students. If you have a voracious reader at your house who wants to get a head start on next year's YRCA list, here is is!
Summer is coming!
Have a great spring, everyone!