This week we learned more about Mr. A.G. Ford, the illustrator who will be visiting our campus. All students reviewed the following slideshow about Mr. A.G. Ford.
Kindergarten: After learning about Mr. Ford, kindergartners chose one of his illustrations. With the illustrations that they chose, they either drew their version of the illustration, or wrote what they thought was happening.
First and Second Graders: 1st and 2nd graders chose one of Mr. Ford's illustrations and wrote about it. They either described what what happening in the illustration, or they pretended the illustration was in a book and they were writing the words to go with it.
Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders: They learned about Mr. Ford by participating in two stations. Before they came to the library, they saw the following video:
The students seemed to enjoy the stations. Below are some pictures taken from the week.
When I was younger this is what we used in the library to see if it had a certain book we wanted. Now all anyone needs is an electronic device and access to the Internet. This summer the district purchased a new online catalog (from here on out we will call it the LPAC). It has taken some time to get used to it, but I really think we will like it. When the students were in the library this past month, they watched a video explaining how to search for books on the LPAC.
As many parents are aware, the new system also sends emails when their child has a book that is overdue. When students check out a book, it is due two weeks from the day it is checked out. I know that many parents have received emails about their child's book, and by the time they are able to contact me, the student has already turned in the book. I have created a sheet for you to use LPAC to see what your child has checked out and if they have returned the book or not.
Checking Your Child's Library Account
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Welcome back to the Bright Elementary Library. We are excited for the upcoming school year. Students are able to check in and out their own books. Mrs. Green and I are more than happy to help students check out books, but by allowing them to check out their own books, they can utilize the library even if we are busy with a class. Below is a video that shows the process of checking out books.
~ Mrs. Garavaglia
Starting on Monday the students will be voting on their favorite picture books from the bracket above. Each day we will tally up the votes to see which book goes to the next round. To prepare them for voting, Mrs. Garavaglia created videos of the books for the students to watch. Stay tuned to see which books advance to the next round.
This is just a reminder that if you are planning on pre-ordering Janet Tashjian books, the forms must be turned into Mrs. Garavaglia by the end of the day tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th. Janet Tashjian and her son, Jake, will be visiting with us on Thursday, April 9th. Any books ordered through Barnes and Noble will be signed by Janet and her son (he is the illustrator of her books). If you need a new form, you can find it Janet Tashjian Pre-Order Form.
Circulation Statistics: Items Checked In - 618; Items Checked Out - 577
Kindergarten and First Grade
This week we read the book One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell. It the book, Martin and Marvin decide they want to make a valentine for everyone in their town. After listening to the book, the students created a valentine for a Bright staff member who does not have a classroom of their own. These valentines will be passed out Friday, February 13th.
Second graders listened to the story The Mysterious Valentine by Nancy Carlson. After the students checked out their books, they created a valentine for a Bright staff member who does not have a classroom of their own.
This week I shared the first couple of chapters of Einstein the Class Hamster by Janet Tashjian.
Fourth and Fifth Grade
Fourth and Fifth graders came in and checked out independently throughout the week.
Circulation Statistics: Items checked in - 786; Items checked out- 934
This week we reviewed library procedures by reading The Shelf Elf. They were told that our library now has a shelf elf and he is watching them. In a few weeks the shelf elf will be choosing a kindergarten class each week to win the Golden Shelf Elf Award. This book was a good reminder of the things they learned about in the video they saw right before the holiday break. You may read this post to watch the video they saw.
First and Second Grade
This was the last week that we read Einstein the Class Hamster in the library. I am hoping to get some extra copies of the book so that teachers can finish the book in their classroom. Here are some facts they learned in the Einstein Tasty Tidbits section.
- On level ground, the smooth soft shell turtle can sometimes outrun a human.
- The importance of getting a good nights sleep. More than 20 percent of Americans suffer from chronic sleep loss.
- The planet Mars has dust devils. Earth has dust devils too, but the ones on Mars can be up to 50 times as wide and 10 times as high as dust devils here on Earth.
- We learned the difference between stalactites and stalagmites. Stalactites are on the ceiling; stalagmites are on the ground.
Third graders continued researching this week. They came into the library in the beginning of the week and learned about that online databases they have available to them. After a brief introduction to each database, the students had time to explore the database. The rest of the week they used the Chromebooks to finish their research. To learn more about the online database, check out the video below:
The students in Mrs. Hamilton's class and Mr. Davis' class came in and checked out new books. Other fourth graders came down to check in and out their books independently.
Ms. Duzich's and Ms. Balda's classes came in and began listening to Janet Tashjian's book, My Life as a Book. We will be having Janet Tashjian visit up on April 9th.