Sunday, March 27, 2011

This week in the library...

March is Women's History Month, and we're celebrating by reading about some amazing women!

3rd Graders are reading Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell, which tells the story of scientist and anthropologist Jane Goodall. Here's a quick music video about Jane Goodall:

4th Graders are reading Queen of the Falls by Chris VanAllsburg, which tells the story of Annie Edson Taylor, the first daredevil to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel! Here's a slideshow of some pictures of Annie and her famous barrel:

If you'd like to know more about Niagara Falls, Annie Edson Taylor, or other famous Niagara daredevils, click on her picture below:

Here's a video of one of the daredevils who followed Annie's lead and went over the falls in a barrel. Can you imagine what it must have felt like on the inside of this barrel?

And finally, here's a video of the author/illustrator, Chris Van Allsburg, talking about his book, Queen of the Falls:

5th Grade is continuing to read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Buddy s now "on the lam" and, after a short stay in a Hooverville, ready to hop a train west! What will happen when Buddy and his friend, Bugs set out on their own? Click here to read more about Bud, Not Buddy.

Monday, March 21, 2011

This week in the library...

Spring is upon us, and we're celebrating in the library with some great spring-time books!

3rd Graders will be learning about seeds by reading The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and A Seed Is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston.

Here's a video of The Tiny Seed:

You can read more about Eric Carle at his website or at

In A Seed is Sleepy, we learned about these amazing seeds plus many more!

Devil's Claw:

Texas Mountain Laurel:

Coco de Mar:

Hamburger beans:

Watch this video of radish seeds growing:

Learn even more about seeds and plants by clicking here!

4th Graders will be exploring The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola.

We're also listening to the song "Bluebonnet Time" by Lucas Miller. To learn all about bluebonnets, visit Lucas's site by clicking on the bluebonnet below!

5th Graders will continue to read from Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Click here to read more about the Great Depression.

Here's a video of Duke Ellington, a jazz musician from Bud's time:

Click here to read about the history of jazz and to listen to jazz music.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mrs. G.'s 2011 Reading Goals: February Update

It's time for my monthly update on this year's reading goals! To read about my original reading resolutions, click here.

To check out how I did for the month of February, click here!

Have a great March, and happy reading, everyone!