Friday, February 21, 2014

Week of Feb 10



Kinder through Third- We heard book 4 of our Bresnahan Award books- Friends:  True Stories of Extraordinary Friendships, by Catherine Timmish.  This is actually a personal favorite of mine, and since both of our library copies went out by the end of the week, I was reading from my copy!  Students definitely loved it!

First- If students had time, they drew the main idea of the story, by choosing two animal pairs from the story that they liked.

Second- If students had time, they alphabetized animals from the story.

Third- I showed students where and how we would create our Nonfiction word clouds (http://abcya.com).

Fourth- My fourth graders are getting caught up on the Bresnahan awards! Most classes heard two books and voted and are now where all the younger grades are.

Fifth- Students finished their Greek god/goddess cards!

Sixth- Students wrapped up summarizing the article sections in pairs!

Week of Feb 3



Kinder through Third- Week three of the Bresnahan book award!  We read Cloudette, by Tom Lichtenheld.  Students could really relate to the message in this book- even if you are little, you can do important things!  We talked about the author’s use of speech bubbles throughout the book, and how that influenced our enjoyment of the book.  For many students, this is their favorite so far!

First-  When students had time, I encouraged them to create a drawing of themselves doing something important, with a sentence to complete that said “Even though I am little, I am really good at…”

Second-  When students had time, I encouraged them to finish their Einstein research on PebleGo.

Third- When students had time, I encouraged them to finish exploring their section of the nonfiction library they chose.

Fourth- Some classes heard Cloudette and Around One Log, while one class only heard Cloudette. They all worked on their biocubes, newspaper article, or Noodletools project.

Fifth- Students are wrapping up their Greek god/goddess research and beginning to put the information onto the playing cards (found at http://librarysparks.com/pdf/librarysparks/2014/lsp_core_greekmyths_feb14.pdf).

Sixth- Students are focusing on the summarizing portion of their notecards in Noodletools.

Week of January 27



 Kindergarten- This was week 2 of our Bresnahan Award books.  Students heard Around One Log, by Anthony Fredericks.  This is a fun non-fiction book about all the animals whose survival depends on a rotting log.  I challenged students to notice special things about the author word choice (rhyming and repeating) and we also looked at photographs of each animal to compare/contrast if we liked the illustrations or preferred photos.  Students used these ideas to help them in their ranking of the book. 

First- This was week 2 of our Bresnahan Award books.  Students heard Around One Log, by Anthony Fredericks.  This is a fun non-fiction book about all the animals whose survival depends on a rotting log.  I challenged students to notice special things about the author word choice (rhyming and repeating) and we also looked at photographs of each animal to compare/contrast if we liked the illustrations or preferred photos.  Students used these ideas to help them in their ranking of the book.  Some classes also had enough time left over to watch Bugs, Bugs, Bugs (by Barner) on Bookflix.

Second- This was week 2 of our Bresnahan Award books.  Students heard Around One Log, by Anthony Fredericks.  This is a fun non-fiction book about all the animals whose survival depends on a rotting log.  I challenged students to notice special things about the author word choice (rhyming and repeating) and we also looked at photographs of each animal to compare/contrast if we liked the illustrations or preferred photos.  Students used these ideas to help them in their ranking of the book.  Some classes also had enough time left over to finish their research on Einstein, using PebbleGo.

Third- This was week 2 of our Bresnahan Award books.  Students heard Around One Log, by Anthony Fredericks.  This is a fun non-fiction book about all the animals whose survival depends on a rotting log.  I challenged students to notice special things about the author word choice (rhyming and repeating) and we also looked at photographs of each animal to compare/contrast if we liked the illustrations or preferred photos.  Students used these ideas to help them in their ranking of the book.  Some classes also had enough time left over to work on their subject words for the 100’s section they have chosen in the Dewey Decimal system.

Fourth Grade- Two classes heard Around One Log and recorded their scores.  They then both  worked on their research projects (biocubes on American Revolution figures or note taking on Noodletools on science topics).  One class did not hear the story, but instead spent their library time working on their research projects (a newspaper article about an American Revolution person or event).

Fifth Grade- Students continued researching the Greek god or goddess they chose, using Grolier database, Mr. Donn’s website, or books in the library.

Sixth Grade- Students continued working in Noodletools to summarize an article from newsela.com.  They have learned to create a project, share the project, paste parts of the article into the “Quotation” part of the card, and summarize in the “Paraphrase” part of the card.