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We have been so busy in the library this month!
Our Booked for Recess Club met to discuss Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. The overall opinions of the book were mixed. Some students enjoyed it, others thought it was an ok read, but nothing outstanding. The discussions are always amazing though! Our next book will be the sequel to The Apothocary, called The Apprentices by Maile Meloy. Notes will be sent home soon.
The Fifth graders read the book The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud. It tells the story of a young slave girl who uses secret codes woven into quilts to help her and her father escape to Canada on the Underground Railroad. After reading such an inspiring story, we were inspired to make our own library Freedom Quilt.
What a whirlwind these last few weeks have been in the library!
We started out the month of December with a meeting of our 4th and 5th grade Booked for Recess club. Our pick was The Apothecary by Maile Meloy! Everyone, myself included, LOVED this book, which takes place in London during the 1950’s. We plan to make the sequel a future book club selection because we can’t wait to find out what happens to these amazing characters!
Last week, our school was honored to have Tom Watson, the author of the Stick Dog series, visit our school! Mr. Watson entertained us with some very funny stories about how he comes up with the ideas for his books, and even let us brainstorm suggestions for his next book. As a bonus, Mr. Watson taught us all how to draw his most famous characters! Thank you to the Book Stall in Winnetka for sponsoring this visit!
This trimester we have added a “Question of the Week” corner to the library. Each week a question is posted, along with a bin of books that may contain the answer. The students research the answer, write it on a slip of paper, along with the book title and page number where they found it, and place it in the box. At the end of the week, a slip is drawn and if that person has the correct answer, they win a prize. The first winner was Oliver in 2nd grade, who chose a poster from the book fair as his prize. He correctly answered the question “How many bees live in a hive?” with 60,000! Great job everyone!
Ready to Give Thanks!
We have been very busy in the library lately. We have been learning about how to use parts of non-fiction books to help us locate information quickly. The fifth graders had a little competition to see how many trivia questions about our past presidents they could answer as a group using only the books in front of them. The winners were Ms. Harris’ class! Congrats!
We also learned about the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and read about the man who created the awesome balloons we look forward to seeing each year. The book is called Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet and tells the story of Tony Sarg, a puppeteer who started the tradition of having balloons in the parade back in 1927. We learned that during the first few years, once the parade was over, they would just let the balloons go and float around for days. Once they landed, if you found one, you could claim a prize! The students thought they should do the same thing today!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Twas the Week Before Halloween…
When we came into the library this week, we found out that a bunch of bats had invaded our library tree! That must mean Halloween is almost here!
The lucky Thursday library classes participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day on Thursday, October 27th. We joined libraries and classrooms around the world in reading the book The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. We are hoping the break the world record for the most people reading the same book in 24 hours. Fingers crossed!
We also met for the first 4th and 5th grade Booked for Recess book club! This month’s selection was The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. We had an interesting discussion about which character we felt we were the most like and speculated for a long time about what we hope might happen in future books. Next month’s selection is The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. I will be sending home the registration forms next week, and they will be posted on the library site as well.
This week all of our library classes started recording the Bluestem or Monarch Award books that they have read so far. The students are so excited to read all the books on their list and prepare to vote for their favorite in March. The books are chosen by librarians all around the state of Illinois and lists are distributed to schools to be read and voted on. Links to the 2017 titles can be found here:
Grades K-2 will be reading to help choose the winner of the 2017 Monarch Award. The name Monarch was chosen because of the butterfly and its familiarity to K-2 children. It symbolized the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings. The Monarch Award is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators.
Grades 3-5 will be reading to help choose the winner of the 2017 Bluestem Award. The award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than are found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles (grades 6-8). Named in honor of the Big Bluestem, the state prairie grass, the award includes both timeless classics and current titles.
Students may read these books on their own, but we will also be reading some of these titles in library class as time allows. We have at least one copy of each title in the ES library, and students are also welcome to visit their local library and check them out there. Students need to read 4 (Bluestem) or 5 Monarch books to be eligible to vote, but of course can read up to all 20 books on their particular list. They will then come to library class and tell me what books they have read as they finish them. We will be keeping track of their progress together. Then, sometime in late February or early March, the students will vote for their favorite books and we will send in our final choices.
We are very excited about participating in an event with so many other schools and public libraries across Illinois.
The third, fourth and fifth grade classes also learned about how to use a Thesaurus and found out who Peter Roget was and how he came up with the idea for a book to help you choose just the right word by reading The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!
This week, our library classes celebrated the birthday of Johnny Appleseed on September 26th. We read the book Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman by Esme Raji Codell. We learned that John Chapman was a real person who lived more than 200 years ago. He had 11 brothers and sisters and we learned why he is depicted as wearing a pot on his head. (Easy to carry and kept the rain off!)
We then took a poll of our favorite apple treats. The winner by a landslide was the caramel apple, with apple pie a close second!
This week also happened to be National Cat Week, so we pulled a bunch of books about cats for the students to browse.
Have a wonderful weekend!