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.

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