A Blizzard & A Blackout!

Well with the weather we had this week, there was no question what picture books I was going to read to kindergarten, first and second grade!

Caldecott Honor Award recipient John Rocco, who also does the cover art for the Percy Jackson series, has two gorgeous pictures books about two memorable phenomena in a life of a child–a blizzard and a blackout.  We talked about how in both situations, the world is different than it is everyday, and how some of our routines change.  Students discussed how their days were disrupted by this week’s storm, and what connections they could make between the narratives and their lives.  I couldn’t think of a more perfect fit!

2nd and 3rd grade wrapped up a new early chapter book last week called Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker.  The students are clamoring for the second copy, which just came in!  A heroine like Beatrice, who looks at things from a unique perspective, is one all the students have enjoyed getting to know!

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3rd grade has been learning about using online databases for research, as well as non-fiction text features such as indexes, photo captions and sidebars, to assist them in their upcoming countries project.  Grades 4 and 5 will learn about these databases in the weeks to come.

And 4th and 5th grade are still making progress on their Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award nominee fiction book, Ban This Book.

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This week the book prompted a conversation about the Bill of Rights and current events!  I love having the students make thoughtful connections about what we are reading to their own lives and world!

There is so much going on in the library this week, including the last week of building for our STEAM challenge before testing in the forest next week!  As always, great learning and awesome stories are the heart of the library, and we are ending 2018 strong!

 

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The Amazing Oliver Jeffers

Last week I introduced kindergarten and 1st grade to the amazing Oliver Jeffers, who has written and illustrated some of the most hilarious picture books in the library!

  

With titles like The Day The Crayons QuitStuck, and the newly purchased Here We Are (absolutely love it!), the kindergartners were happy to take many of his titles home!

If you’re looking for a holiday book to buy a loved one, you can’t go wrong with the exceptional (and exceptionally funny) Mr. Jeffers, or any of the other titles in the “Stories” picture book section.  Ask your students about what every hilarious stories we’ve read lately!

Non-Fiction Non-Circulating?

In my effort to continue exposing kids to many different types of technology to express and organize their ideas, this week grades 3-5 learned how to use a Padlet. Here is the one we made considering the questions, “Why aren’t kids taking non-fiction books out?” They had some interesting answers! Click this link to read them!

And speaking of non-fiction, my display is looking pretty beautiful this November!

Do your students enjoy reading non-fiction? I’d love to hear!