Monday, September 28, 2015

This Week in the Library...

(and a little bit about what we did last week, too!)

Last week in the library, we learned more about how our library books are organized.  Third graders learned about alphabetizing fiction books by their authors' last names.  After the lesson, the students figured out what the call number for a book they had written would be and found where it would belong on the shelf.  Maybe some day I'll be able to put an actual book by one of these authors on our shelves!

I've also enjoyed catchings several of our kiddos reading throughout the day.  Here's Angelo reading at lunch:

And Mitchell reading during class:

I love that they are finding time to "read in the spaces," as Donalyn Miller would say!

This week, all of our grade levels will be introduced to this year's Bluebonnet Books.  Any student who reads at least five of these books can vote for their favorite in January.  You can read more about the Bluebonnet Books here.

This week, our fifth graders will hear from Zane and the Hurricane.

Our fourth graders will listen to The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus.

And our third graders will read Emily's Blue Period.

Have a great week!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Dot Day 2015

Smithville Elementary celebrated Dot Day this year by reading Peter H. Reynolds' The Dot and by designing our own dots for a display in the library.  Here are our kiddos hard at work:

And the finished product...

I love seeing everyone's dot on display, and I'm so glad we have these reminders to make our mark!  Happy Dot Day!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Welcome back!

Welcome back to school to the library!  I am so excited to see so many bright and shiny new faces as we welcome a new group of third graders to our campus, and I am amazed at how much our fourth and fifth graders have grown up over the summer.

This week in the library, we are reviewing (and learning, in the case of 3rd grade) library procedures.  Below is the slideshow we used to discuss how we will work and help each other out this year.

Let's have a great year!