Shimek Library Newsletter
March & April 2018
In the lab we are working on an ABC book using Book Creator. This involves planning, typing, and drawing. Here is the link to our ABC book: The ABC Book 2018 I hope you enjoy it!
First Grade: We compared fiction and nonfiction books, using books written by Jill Esbaum, a favorite Iowa author. We also learned about Mount St Helens and saw ash from the 1980 eruption because Mrs. Johnson lived in Washington when the volcano erupted. Now we have started to read our way around the library. First we read Everybody and Easy Reader books, then we explored the many varieties of books in the nonfiction area.
Discussing Caldecott books with second graders at Longfellow
Choosing our favorite Caldecott books
Talking about Caldecott books with second graders and the librarian at Longfellow
Third Grade: The third graders worked on the animal research project all month. This involved brainstroming questions, notetaking, researching in books and online, learning how to use Google Slides - typing, pictures, and transitions, and citing their sources.
Fourth grade: We discussed digital safety extensively - how to stay safe online and how to be a good digital citizen. The state research project is now in progress. Students brainstormed research questions using Kidspiration, researched in books and online using Britannica Online and CultureGrams, learned how to cite their sources, and presented the research on Google Slides.
Sixth grade: The sixth graders finished their evaluation of websites and then shared their opinions with their classmates. It was tricky to decide which were fake sites and which were real sites. The students are now doing research on famous women and using Powtoon to present their research in an engaging way.
Ms. Sims, SEJH librarian, told the 6th graders about the opportunities in the SEJH library
SEJH green screen
Book tasting of Iowa Teen Award books from SEJH