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!