News From the Library–3/1/2010

Online Almanac Scavenger Hunt

Sixth graders enjoyed an online scavenger hunt this week using World Almanac for Kids Online.

They had a list of 20 questions including finding out their mother’s birthstone–always good to know.  (A few had some homework for next week….finding out when their mother’s birthday is!!!)  By navigating through the almanac they found out among other things what Juneteeth is, which country has the greatest population, and which immigrants brought the celebration of Halloween to America.  We also discussed why printed almanacs might be (sadly) a thing of the past as so many reference works are being put online and can be updated easily.

Also in the Library this week…..

Kindergarten–In preparation for the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, Kindergarteners heard Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose and Horton Hatches an Egg.  These are so delightful to read aloud and the students are really mesmerized by Dr. Seuss books.

First Grade–First graders heard CYRM nominees Do Unto Otters (Mrs. Steele’s class) and My Life As A Chicken (Mrs. Ishikawa’s class).  Each week we practice voting with the ones we have read and so far My Life As A Chicken seems to be a favorite!

Second Grade–Second graders heard CYRM nominee Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly.  Practice voting was split this week between this book and My Life As A Chicken.

Third Grade–Mrs. Campbell’s class heard Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly and Mrs. Lewis’ class just had checkout this week because of an assembly.

Fourth Grade–To conclude Black History Month, Mrs. Edward’ class heard The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson.  This quiet, gentle book is beautifully illustrated by E.B. Lewis and tells the story of two little girls, one black, one white, who meet on a fence that separates their properties.  As the summer progresses they become friends little by little until they are playing together every day.  We discussed how small steps made great progress over time in the civil rights movement and how the fence in the story was a metaphor for the gradual end to the separation of the races.

Fifth Grade–Also to conclude Black History Month, fifth graders heard Matt Faulkner’s book A Taste of Colored Water.  This simple, but powerful story set in the early 1960s tells about two white cousins who think that the separate drinking fountains marked “colored” meant the water was magical.  To find out they head for town, only to find themselves in the middle of a violent protest against segregation.  The author’s notes in this book are as poignant and powerful as the story itself and tell of Mr. Faulkner’s own feelings and experiences growing up in the north where segregation was not as obivous but prejudice was insidiously part of everyday life.  A great book to open up discussions about fear,  prejudice, and bullying.

Sixth Grade–see opening post.

News From the Library–2/22/10

Kidnapped At Birth by Louis Sachar

A Video Book Review by Malta and Olive

Welcome to our new blog!   Sorry to say we had to leave because of ongoing problems with videos.  And we love our video book reviews! In case you want to see something from the old blog, it will remain but new posts will be made here from now on.  The link to the old blog is:

Also in the Library this week….(a short week due to the President’s Day Holiday on Monday)

Kindergarten–I remember my mother telling me, “No jumping on the bed!” but of course my brother and I did anyway.  Trip to the ER for stitches did ensure….   Kindergarteners loved hearing Tedd Arnold’s No More Jumping On the Bed!” in which Walter crashes through the floor of his apartment down through the building, picking up all kinds of things and people on the way.  In the end, was it just a dream?  But what about Delbert from upstairs who crashes through Walter’s ceiling on the last page of the story???

First Grade–First graders heard Alexander Steffensmeier’s hilarious book Millie Waits For the Mail as their CYRM nominee this week.  Millie just can’t resist scaring the daylights out of the mail carrier.  In the end, she loses a package he brings her but gains a new job after demolishing the mail carrier’s bike.

Second Grade–My Life As A Chicken by Ellen Kelley tickled the second graders this week as their CYRM nominee.  Pauline Poulet doesn’t want to be the farmer’s dinner so she takes off on a rollicking adventure. Her cry of “Pauline, Prevail!” delighted students (we learned what the word prevail means, too). And prevail she did as she lands in a lovely petting zoo instead of ending up in a chicken pot pie. As I mentioned last week, this book was especially fun for us to read as Ellen Kelley is a local Santa Barbara author and her husband, John, is the architect who designed our fantastic library!

Third Grade–Third graders heard Eric Drachman’s book A Frog Thing, another CYRM nominee.  Flying might not be considered a “frog thing” but Frank the frog proved everyone wrong.

Fourth Grade–Mrs. Edwards’ class heard The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles in honor of Black History Month.  After seeing a Keynote presentation about Ruby and looking at some historical photographs from the wonderful book Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges, the story by Mr. Coles took on new meaning.  Students tried to imagine  how difficult it must have been for first-grader Ruby to go to school amidst protests and hatred.  Both these books are excellent in introducing students to the troubling story of school integration in the South during the turbulent 1960s.  (Mr. Orr’s class was at the symphony)

Fifth Grade-Mrs. Weill’s class did some investigations with an atlas this week.  One task was to guess at the state mottos for several states and they were amazingly close!

Sixth grade–no classes because of the Monday holiday.