Last week, we shared Finding Winnie, which was the 2016 Caldecott medal winner.
2nd - 4th grade classes were asked to consider stacks of books on the tables and determine whether or not they were indeed Caldecott worthy. Books on the tables were a mix of popular titles, former Caldecott contenders and random titles take from the shelves.
What Mrs. Kent observed is that students had a difficult time locating specific bits of information from the front covers/title pages of the picture books.
So, we are going to review book parts this this week for ALL grades with a whole group lesson, small group table challenges and computer activities followed by check-out.
Basic review of book parts
Expanded review of book parts
Nonfiction book parts
More than you ever wanted to know about parts of picture books (slideshow)
Grades 2&3 - Calling Caldecott
The Caldecott Medal will be announced Monday morning at the ALA Mid-Winter Conference. View this video to learn about the history of the Caldecott Medal and see some of the author's processes for creating an award winning book.
We will share as many of the 2016 Caldecott winner and nominee books as we have on hand as our whole group read a loud this week. Students will have the opportunity to study different books through the decades and see if their opinions agree/disagree with those of previous Caldecott committees.
Grades 4&5 - 7 Habits of Happy Kids - Habit 2
This week we will complete our journal entries on Habit 1 - Be Proactive and begin our study of Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind. We will share a short story from the book and do some additional journal writing on Habit 2. Remember - Mrs. Kent is collecting your writings and will hand them back to you at the end of our study to put in your data notebooks for upcoming conferences.
CAN YOU SAY BOOK FAIR?
The next couple of months brings a number of exciting things like:
The 2016 Caldecott and Newbery Awards.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Ground Hog Day
(and perhaps a **Snow* Day!)
We also have the Winter Olympics and the Presidential Election season kicking into high gear.
2nd & 3rd grades:
Shared Reading: A Library Book for Bear
Activities: Sequencing, Retelling, DIY Bookmarks and introduction to how things are arranged in the library.... We will continue to build on this by learning about Destiny and how to find things on the computer and on the shelf.
4th & 5th grades:
Shared Reading: The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey
(We will study the first 3-4 habits and conclude our study when classes rotate in again in March.)
Here are a couple of introductory links to get us started:
Happy New Year!
We missed many of you the week before Winter Break due to the fire sprinkler malfunction that soaked the entire Media Center. The valve inside one of the sprinkler heads failed and all of the water in the fire suppression system wound up in the Media Center, IT Lab, Counselor Suite, Music Suite and the Administrative Offices.
What a mess! Unfortunately, we lost over 700 books, supplies, puzzles, games and maker space supplies. We also lost the soft seating, area rugs and a couple of computers. Many thanks to Ms. Harris and Mrs. Dent for helping sort through and dispose of many of the sodden materials. Thanks also to my teammates Mrs. Bell and Mr. Burrell for picking up morning and lunch enrichment classes and to Mrs. Floyd for covering the Monday morning block when I needed to don my librarian hat and meet with the clean up crew.
The silver lining is this...we get to reinvent the Media Center space. Start fresh. A clean slate, if you will.
So, we have switched up the instructional areas and shrunk the circulation desk footprint.. Our gathering spot is now in the former Reference section. Soft seating (reading area) will go between the fiction and nonfiction sections. Hopefully, 10 new tables on wheels will arrive before the end of the year, along with a giant portable interactive board we can move anywhere in the Media Center. We will also have money to replace the items lost to the flooding. This is your chance to give input on books, space use and other things at The River.
Mrs. Kent, Media Specialist