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!
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.
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!