Fall in full swing!

posted Nov 28, 2012, 5:59 PM by Julie Alonso   [ updated Nov 29, 2012, 7:54 AM ]
So much has been going on in Lower School library classes this fall!




In Kindergarten, we learn all about the fall holidays, so we spent October reading picture books about Halloween and November reading Thanksgiving books. Before Thanksgiving, we talked about things we are thankful for and made a Thankful Tree display for the library.

We'll spend December reading books about the winter holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve. 






In October, first graders heard lots of spooky stories and read a few Halloween alphabet books. We even created our own (See the attached files below). The boys spent part of this fall learning about different artists in their classrooms, so in November we shared books about art in the library. We talked about their favorite artists and read books about using our imagination.  

We'll spend December reading books about winter and how people and animals live in the snow.












Second graders read some pretty scary Halloween stories in October. Hope no one had nightmares! In November, the boys learned more about our library system, DestinyQuest, which not only serves as our catalog, but also incorporates elements of social networking: students can recommend books to one another, write reviews, request books to be held that are already checked out, and tons more. The boys love using Quest and have gotten really good at finding books on the shelf by getting the call number from the catalog. We're really impressed by their enthusiasm!




Third graders have been hard at work learning about how to deliver the perfect book talk. After hearing book talks from Ms. Stuart and watching book talk videos in class, the boys are finally in the process of selecting the book they'd most like to recommend to their friends. Haven't seen a book talk before? Check out these examples from the web.

The fourth graders have been working on their contest entries for Letters about Literature. They've been working on finding the one book that has been most meaningful for them, which has been really tough on this crew of readers! Their task now will be to craft a letter to the author of their chosen book explaining why this book has been a life-changer.  
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