Lower School Library Updates by Grade

Early Years

Winter themed and award winning books will make our story time reads. Later this month we will plant carrot seeds. The plant viewer has a clear plastic window that will allow us over the next months to view what is developing under ground. If all goes well, we will enjoy carrots in late May. As we move into February Valentine’s Day books will be added before February break. We will be enjoying the following finger play, song and adding The Grand Old Duke of York.

Snowflakes song sung to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Way up high in the winter sky

The Grand Old Duke of York

The Grand Old Duke of York                 (marching in place)
He had ten thousand men;                   (keep marching)
He marched them up to the top of the hill, (march standing up)
And he marched them down again.           (march leaning down)
And when they were up, they were up,       (jump up)
And when they were down, they were down, (crouch down)
And when they were only half way up,        (stop half way up)
They were neither up nor down.       (jump up then go down)

Kindergarten

Winter themed and award winning books will make our story time reads the first few visits of this new year. As we move into February Valentine’s Day books will be added before February break.

Later this month your child will begin checking out books from the shelves just like the older students. Each Kindergartener will design their shelf paddle and practiced using it when searching for a book. The paddle is placed where the book has comes off the shelf. After reviewing the book a decision needs to be made about the book. If your child wants to check the book out, they keep the book and take their paddle. If they choose not to check out the book they return the book where the paddle is located. Remove the paddle and keep searching.

Students also have the opportunity to select books from the round tables as they have done in the past. They are encouraged to check out books from the E section, Easy books that are made up of mostly picture books. Additionally the ER (Easy Readers) books know as Step-into-Reading or I Can Read series can be checked out. These titles encourage children who are ready to begin reading chapter books to moving into independent reading.

Later this month, Kindergarteners will begin working on their own Mother Goose book. These mechanical books will have moving parts that your child will construct. They will enjoy nursery rhymes as they become paper engineers and illustrators putting together their own books.

1st Grade

I will be reading some award winning books and helping your child identify these wined on the library shelves. Then, over the next few weeks, your child will be researching as they traveling the Solar System here in the library. This is part of a Core Knowledge science unit. Our exploring will begin with an overview of the Solar System. We will simulate making craters like those found on the moon and some of the planets. Marbles dropping in to a tub of flour make the craters. Have you ever held something from space? Your child will explore a meteorite.

Students will use a reference book to create their own Captain’s Log as they journey through the Solar System. Your child will be researching information. Each page represents a stop, be it a star, moon or planet, in the Solar System. Students will write down what they find interesting at each stop. Another journey is also happening in the book. Beginning with the sun page students are introduced to mankind’s journey into space. This travel historically takes students from the first satellite to the work on the International Space Station.

Three… Two …One…BLASTOFF! Get ready to travel through the Solar System with your TASISronaut.

2nd Grade

I will be reading some of the award winning books and helping your child identify these winners on the library shelves. Newbery winning books range in reading levels from 2nd -7th graders. I will encourage students to read books that match their reading interests and abilities.

We will revisit the computer catalog and how to look up books in the library. Our research will be directed at the human body and specifically the digestive system. The library computer program also gives us WebPath Express, a child friendly site of databases. We should find some great information on the digestive system. Our research will also take us to WorldBook online. All of these resources can be accessed from any computer at school, home or anywhere you have the web.

Late January and February the students will be introduced to the Biography section within the library. These books tell us about the lives of interesting people. Who was the first person to fly across or first woman to swim the English Channel? Your child will be able to tell you.

3rd Grade

I will be book talking some of the award winning books and helping your child identify these winners on the library shelves. Newbery winning books range in reading levels from 2nd -7th graders. I will encourage students to read books that match their reading interests and abilities.

Third graders will be using the computer catalog to investigate the nonfiction collection in the library. Students will review the Dewey Decimal System of book organization to find books that interest them. Topics will include animals as well as Early Americans from their Core Knowledge unit. Student will be like the early explorers as they meet Eskimo, Inuit and the Anasazi. Additionally, students will discover the Native America tribes of the Hopi and Apache.

To help students with their exploring they will be introduced to some of the library’s electronic tools. WebPath Express is a program that is found on the computer catalog page. Students enter their topic and are taken to child friendly databases on their chosen topic. World|Book on line is another resource to help students follow their interest. Your child will learn how to locate and use the great encyclopedia resource.

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