Tuesday, November 19, 2013

This Week in the Library...

This week we're reading about some of the history surrounding our Thanksgiving Day traditions.

Third and fourth grades are listening to Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet, which tells the story of Tony Sarg, the creator of the larger-than-life balloons that have come to represent the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Here's a glimpse into the book:

You can download a fun activity guide to accompany the book by clicking here.

Fifth grade is reading Laurie Halse Anderson's Thank You, Sarah, which explains how Sarah Hale, in superhero fashion, made sure that Thanksgiving was a nationally celebrated holiday.  You can learn more about Sarah Hale by clicking here.

You can learn more about author Laurie Halse Anderson in the video below:

Enjoy next week's holiday!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This Week in the Library...

This week, all grade levels are reading Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins.  It's the story of a curious little girl who happens upon a deserted library one day and begins her quest to find a book that's "just right."

As we read Goldie Socks, we'll be discussing some strategies for finding a "just right" book in the library.  One strategy is to use the Five Finger Rule.  Here's a quick explanation from Read * Write * Share:

Here are some other ways of knowing that a book is "just right" for you (from Mrs. McDavid's 3rd Grade):

(Click the poster for a PDF version.)

We've been practicing these strategies in the library this week, and, just like Goldie Socks, we've found some books that are the perfect fit!