This week the younger classes learned some ways to pick a “just-right” book, just like Goldilocks! We can look at the cover to see if it is interesting to us, we can flip through the pages to see if the pictures draw us in, or early readers can use the “five-finger” rule: Read the first page and count on one hand the number of words you might not know. If it is four or more, the book might be too difficult to read on our own, if it is one or less, the book might not be challenging enough, and if it is two or three, the book is most likely “just-right” for reading on our own.
We also read Stella Louella’s Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst, a story about a little girl who gets the whole neighborhood involved in searching for her lost library book.
The older grades started our exploration of non-fiction biographies by reading Mr. Farris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis. We discovered that the Ferris Wheel has a long history in Chicago, going all the way back to the 1893 World’s Fair, and that engineering is a pretty cool profession!
The third graders worked on a special project in library this week. Each third grade class worked together to make a class book about taking care of your library books to share with the Kindergarten classrooms. The students worked very hard to illustrate both the right and wrong ways to treat your library books so that we can share the story with the Kindergartners next week. Great job, third grade!!
Have a wonderful weekend!