Library Update | April 1, 2024

Library Update | April 1, 2024
Posted on 04/01/2024
Pk: We have been reading books from our Mo Willems bin! Some favorites have been That is Not a Good Idea, Leonardo the Monster, and Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator.

Jk: JK is wrapping up their moon unit and have been able to make connections between the stories. The two books with the most in common have been Bringing Down the Moon and Kitten’s First Full Moon. Both stories involve animals trying to reach for the moon but they just cannot grab it. Junior Kindergarteners love shouting out about how there is no way these animals will be able to ever get the moon! It’s just too high in the sky!

Continuing with our nonfiction unit, Kindergarteners are really starting to understand what nonfiction means: REAL! (They love to shout this whenever asked). Two big hits this month were Inky’s Great Escape and Penguin Chick.

First Grade: We are continuing our trilogy unit in first grade. We have moved onto a trilogy with no words where students silently observe the photos once, then we go through the wordless picture book a second time and students are allowed to shout out noticings and help each other realize details others may not have seen. This trilogy includes the following books: Journey, Quest, Return written and illustrated by Aaron Becker.

Second Grade: Second grade is about to finish their Read Around the World Unit! We learned about the emperor penguins in Antarctica, heard a folktale from Italy, discussed Hurricane Maria and the Coquíes of Puerto Rico, and are about to learn about Australian wombats!

Third Grade: Third Graders are participating in the Cook Prize which is an award given to the best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) book for 3rd and 4th graders for 2024. We read the four books up for the award, use a criteria for success to decide what we like and do not like about each book, and then students will vote on the one book they think should be awarded the 2024 Cook Prize. We then pick the number one book voted on and submit our choice to the Cook Prize Award committee. It is a world wide vote ONLY for 3rd and 4th graders, and we will find out the winner later this spring!

Fourth & Fifth Grade: This is a collaborative Library/Technology time. Students are working on choice research projects and creating a slideshow with their research to showcase to staff before April Break.
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