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During class, we have been warming up for Halloween. Fun read-alouds and a short movie have been the highlights of this week.
Everyone is very excited checking out books and waiting for the new arrivals to start circulating.
Hope to see you soon!
K4 & K5:
Our kindergartners are all warmed up for Halloween!
In K-4 we are enjoyed two great Halloween stories: Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas and Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley. It was useful to learn how to chase monsters away. It is wonderful to see how much English our students have learned already.
Our K- 5 children loved watching a Halloween Movie starting Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik. They also had a good time listening to Hoodwinked by Arthur Howard.
Halloween is just around the corner. Everyone is very excited! This is why we have started warming up with a hilarious story called Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody by Rick Walton. This story is a parody of Ludwig Bemelman's classic, Madeline. In this story, instead of "twelve little girls in two straight lines", we have "twelve little monsters in two crooked lines". Many crazy and scary things happen.
Then, we jumped into nightmares! Everyone shared their most frightening dreams. Fortunately, we found the antidote to make those nightmares go away as we read How to Knock Out Nightmares by Catherine Le Blanc and Roland Garigue.
During the month of October, our 2nd grade students are starting to learn Accelerated Reader. This program is web based and its purpose is to evaluate reading comprehension. AR motivates children to read as they track their accomplishments. Students choose "just-right" books according to their interests and take their quizzes online. These quizzes are multiple-choice and may have 5 or 10 questions depending on the difficulty of the book. Points are awarded and these add up for incentives. The program records the students' progress allowing the teachers and myself to provide them with feedback every month.
Students will be able to take tests throughout the day with their teachers permission. They will also have the opportunity to do so during their library times as well as during recess. Additionally, children may stay afterschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, they do require a written permission from their parents for this time.
During this last week, our students laughed listening to the story There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro. They all took their first AR quiz on this book.
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November brings a beautiful celebration: Thanksgiving! The Primary Library offers a wide variety of books regarding thankfulness. Come and see for yourself.
During this month we have opportunity to stop for a minute and think of all the warmhearted people who surround us and of all the wonderful things we have. Everyone seems excited to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Additionally, our new arrivals have started to circulate.
Hope to see you soon!
K4 & K5:
Our K-4 students started their unit on clothes. They have been learning about garments. This is why we read Clothes in Many Cultures by Heather Adamson to support their theme. They enjoyed listening and seeing how people dress around the world.
With our K-5 students we read a fun and creative book written by Mo Willems. Time to Say Please reminds us the importance of using this magic word everyday, everywhere.
This week we began warming up for our upcoming celebration. Our K4 and K5 children are enjoying "The Thanksgiving Story" on our flannel board. We have also been sharing with the whole class, what we are thankful for.
During the last days of November, we talked about the many things we are much grateful for. Additionally, we read Thanksgiving At Our House by P.K. Hallinan. Some children shared with the class how they celebrate Thanksgiving with their families.
Last week we read Time to Say Please with our 1st grade students. This fun and creative book written by Mo Willems reminds us the importance of using this magic word everyday, everywhere. This book also speaks of how "thank you" is highly appreciated.
During this week, we have started warming up for Thanksgiving. Our 1st graders are enjoying a video called A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving by Charles Schulz.
And finally, during the last days of November, we enjoyed a rhyming story about how turkeys celebrate Thanksgiving. Now we know what they eat on this very special day.
Last week, our 2nd grade students reviewed the parts of a book. We read A Book is Just Like You: All About the Parts of a Book by Kathleen Fox. With a fun text and colorful pictures, this book helps us make connections between people and books.
This week we have been focusing on Accelerated Reader. Everyone is reading short stories during library class and taking quizzes. Keep up the good work!!!
During the last days of November, we enjoyed reading about Sarah Hale. This smart and stubborn woman saved Thanksgiving for all of us. Thank You, Sarah!
Time has been flying! The end of our first semester is already here.
During this month, we are getting ready to read stories filled with love, generosity, and companionship. This lovely time of the year brings us close to friends and family. It doesn't matter whether we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, all these celebrations are extremely meaningful.
This is a good moment to stop and think what we can do for our loved ones as well as for those in need.
Our K 5 students have been very excited checking out our new arrivals. They are enjoying many fiction and non-fiction titles. I love to hear them recommend books to their friends.
This week, we will be reading The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll. This story shows how joining forces and helping one another can lead to success.
I am delighted to see how much our 1st grade students are reading. Four entire classes have brought their Reading Logs on time every week since the past Awards Assembly. They are the winners of a story time with popcorn hosted by Mr. Spence. Way to go!
This week we will be reading a Christmas story by Marc Brown. Arthur's Christmas is all about team work. D.W. lends a hand making this holiday a truly wonderful celebration.
Our 2nd grade students seem to be enjoying the library more than ever. They are excited reading and taking Accelerated Reader quizzes. I am thrilled to see how well they are doing and how much enthusiasm they are showing.
This week, we will start reading a beautifully illustrated book written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons is about words that give us the meaning and importance of values.