Friday, March 29, 2019

March Madness - Chickadee Style

Every year around this time the 5th and 6th grade students are a little sad they no longer can participate in the voting of the Chickadee Award. These 10 Chickadee nominee books are definitely worthy of sharing so I tried something new. Students in grades 5 and 6 previewed the 10 nominees and then completed their own March Madness bracket. I have been reading aloud the nominees and next week they will get to compare their bracket choices to the actual winner!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Chickadee dee dee!

It's almost time for our students in grades K-4 to vote on their favorite Chickadee Award Nominee. Our students get to enjoy all 10 books from a variety of guest readers within our school. After each book students discuss the big idea and share their favorite part as well as determine a star rating. They keep track of this with their very own Chickadee Award Booklet.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Lighthouses and Lightships?!

Just a few weeks ago we read Caldecott winner, Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall.

Today in 6th grade library we read Lightship by Brian Floca.

After the read aloud students read this additional piece on lightships:
They then shared two reactions to the informational text; One thing that surprised them and one thing they learned.

Here's a sample of their reactions:
One thing that surprised me was the first American lightship was placed of the coast of New Jersey. The wooden hull of the boat costed an astonishing 17,700 dollars to build! Also it was 90 feet long! One thing that I learned from the story, Lightships in America was starting in 1867, the older lightships were given a letter to identify them.

One thing that surprised me is that they used lightships as lighthouses on the water. one thing that i learned is that they call bathrooms a head on ships.

One thing that surprised me was that there's only 17 lightships left today. One thing I learned was in 1867 the older lightships were given numbers to identify them

We will continue to investigate lighthouses as the students will be creating a culminating art and science project in art class. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Website comparison

Now that we know the Caldecott winners, let's do a little comparison of two author/illustrator websites. Visit Sophie Blackall's website and Brian Lies' website. Use the following t-chart to compare:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Messages and meanings

Second graders had a lot of fun participating in our "Mock Caldecott" and especially connecting with students in neighboring schools. While only one of our mock choices made the 2019 Caldecott list, Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall, we enjoyed one of the Caldecott Honor books today: The Rough Patch by Brian Lies. After reading we discussed some comparisons to one of our mock choices, Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Students were quickly able to make connections with the dogs and the relationships they both had with their owners. But we also discussed how the title could have multiple meanings as well as the message the authors amy have intended. Two great reads, for sure.

Monday, January 7, 2019

It's Caldecott Time!

One of my most favorite times of year! The anticipation of the ALA's Youth Media Awards where we will find out which book will win the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Medal among many others. We will be participating in a Mock Caldecott along with students at Woolwich School and Phippsburg School. We will begin by reading Dreamers by Yuyi Morales and The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer. Please share your thoughts on the Padlet.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, during our 6th grade library time, we read America's White Table by Margot Theis Raven. This book shares the tradition of setting up The White Table in mess halls as a symbol for and remembrance to service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty.
Please share your thoughts on this Padlet. Use one of the following prompts:
It's interesting that...
I want to remember...
One thing I noticed...
It confused me...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs

Today in library we read The Brilliant Deep by Kate Messner. We also watched a video on rebuilding the world's coral reefs. Think about the information you learned. Was there a difference in the focus and the information provided?


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel

Today we read Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan. We talked about the theme of this book. Please click on this link: to respond to this question, how does the word liberty connect with the theme of this story?


Friday, August 31, 2018

Welcome Back!

Wow! It has been a long time since I shared on this blog! It's Friday, the last day of our first week of school! It is great to be back. This week grades K/1, 5, and 6 had their first library class! We reviewed library expectations, read a book, and took some time to browse. 5th and 6th graders even heard some library jokes. Maybe they can share one with you!

The younger students enjoyed Bunny's Book Club by Annie Silvestro. It was the perfect book to remind us of some library/book terms and the power of books.

The older students listened to Frog and Beaver by Simon James. We discussed the message of this story which we thought could be: think about how your actions affect others. It was a great reminder for the new school year.

Here's the library schedule for the 2018-2019 school year:
Monday: Grade 3/4 12:45-1:30
Tuesday: Grade PreK 10:40-11:00, Grade 2 1:45-2:15
Wednesday: Grade K/1 11:00-11:30, Grade 5 2:00-2:45
Thursday: Grade 6 12:45-1:30

It's so good to be back!

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!