Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Nantucket Sea Monster!

Today we read The Nantucket Sea Monster by Darcy Pattison.

What do you think, was the publicity stunt right or wrong? Comment below.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Black Out Poetry

Lots of fun was had in the library today! 5th graders worked on creating their own black out poems. I love what they did!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Spine Poetry

Today in 4th grade library we created some (AMAZING!) book spine poems. Before beginning our own we took some time looking at other examples. We then perused the library, did some shelf walking, and created drafts. Finally, we put our work altogether to make the poems a reality!  Check them out in the video below!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Art and Library

We have collaborated with Mrs. Wolfe and art class to create a banner for the Banners Over Bath project. This banner will be a tribute to great Dahlov Ipcar. In library class we have spent some time going over her books and artwork to draw inspiration. I often think of my library as the luckiest around as we have an original Dahlov Ipcar mural hanging on our wall!

In 5th grade library they spent time looking through her picture books to find an image that most captured this Dahlov Ipcar quote: "I have lived most of my life surrounded by the serenity and natural beauty of Maine, yet my art is done entirely from imagination. I strive to create my own unique vision of the world. I am intrigued by the endless variety of patterns and forms in nature; they arouse in me the desire to create forms and patterns of my own."

See what art they chose here: https://padlet.com/mfuller1/myrggbpv6wv4

Friday, March 31, 2017

Planes and Perseverance

Last week during our 5th grade library class we read Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy. This week learned about another daredevil, Ruth Elder. We read Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America's Heart by Julie Cummins.  Before reading this book we revisited what we learned about Betty Skelton and took notes. After reading Flying Solo we discussed what we learned about Ruth Elder. Using our notes we focused on the similarities between these two remarkable women. A common theme throughout our discussion and work was how both women faced challenges, faced discrimination, and never gave up. Such an important message for all our students!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Queen of the Falls

 In sixth grade library we read Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg. This is a fascinating read of Annie Edson Taylor's daring determination. Before reading this story I began with some guided inquiry. Each student had two photographs of Ms. Taylor. I gave them a few minutes to write down any thing they wondered about these two photos. This was a great introductory to the book. This guided inquiry before the reading provides the students with some background, helps them make connections, and increases their engagement.  This activity also helped look for and see small details.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Today we read Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy.  Using evidence from the text share an example of how Betty Skelton was daring.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Mini Inquiry

In 4th grade library today we started with a mini inquiry before delving into our read aloud, Sit In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Each student had a copy of a photo of the 1960 lunch counter sit in in Greensboro, NC. Students were given time to record their "wonders." This was a great way to get them thinking about, accessing prior knowledge and questioning, all very important skills as a critical thinker.

*Photo from: http://americanhistory.si.edu/brown/history/6-legacy/freedom-struggle-2.html

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Getting ready for the ALA's Youth Media Awards

Students in 5th explored, perused, and observed various Sibert Medal Award winners and honor books. The Sibert Medal is given each year to the most distinguished informational book for children. The students had time at each table to observe the books, to notice, to wonder what all these books might have in common. Many students noticed that they were all nonfiction or informational books by using their call numbers. Others observed some of the books had medals on the covers. It was fascinating to hear their conversations as they took time to browse through books...award winning books!

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Beginning of Balloons Over Broadway

Each year I look forward to sharing Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet. It is such a fascinating read about Tony Sarg, the man behind the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons. This year I decided to use some primary source documents to build inquiry and intrigue before reading the book. The third grade students first looked at early advertisements for the parade with partners and were prompted to discuss the ads based on these questions: What are the ads advertising? How did you know? Share your evidence. What do you wonder? 
Then the pairs were given photos of the earliest parades that didn't have balloons and given time to discuss.  Next they were given photos of the parade shortly after balloons were added and asked what was different than the previous photos? 

This definitely got the students intrigued and asking more questions.  I look forward to sharing Balloons Over Broadway in our next library class.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Cat's Colors

The kindergarten class heard a new story today, Cat's Colors by Airlie Anderson. Thanks to Curious City for the sending our school a copy! After the story, they enjoyed coloring their own colors for Cat and her kittens.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Global Read Aloud

Global Read Aloud kicked off this week! This year, our 2nd graders are connecting with another 2nd grade class in Lake George, NY.  This week we shared some information about our community and we got learn about the Lake George community. We share our information on a padlet. Check it out here: https://padlet.com/crossmanb/w3kr7zx3mfgd