News From the Library–3/08/10

Fifth Graders learn to comment on a blog

What does it mean to have an “ethical presence online?”  This week fifth graders delved into this question.  First they watched a Keynote presentation on blogging and all the different places online where they have a virtual presence.  We discussed what the word ethical means and how important it is to understand that your actions online can have the same consequences as your actions in the actual world.  Then students went to our Library Skills Blog to a lesson in which they made an actual post to our blog, writing about the subject of our lesson–“What does it mean to have an ethical presence on line?”  For safety, each student posted using their initials only.  You can take a look at their responses as well as some from last year if you go to the lesson on the blog.  Scroll down to the bottom of the comments for this year’s contributions.

Also in the Library this week…..

Kindergarten–When a bear wakes up from hibernation, how hungry is he?  In Karma Wilson’s Bear Wants More, the bear we met earlier in the year in Bear Snores On wakes up in spring and wants more and more and more to eat until he’s too fat to fit back into his lair!  This delightful story is a fun way to discuss hibernation and seasons.

First Grade–We getting close to voting!  Mrs. Steele’s class heard My Life As A Chicken and Mrs. Ishikawa’s class heard Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly.  Next week first graders will cast their ballots for their CYRM favorite!

Second Grade–Second graders heard My Life As A Frog this week.  They, too, will be voting next week.

Third Grade–Third Graders heard Millie Waits For the Mail this week and will cast their ballots next week, too.

Fourth Grade–Fourth graders got a chance to put their research skills to work this week by using our atlases.  After finding out information about California, they chose two other states and compared such findings as total population, rank in population, land area, and date of statehood.  This lead to interesting conversations about why certain states might have the most land area but the least population.  (Hint:  brrrr, it’s cold up there)

Fifth Grade–see opening post

Sixth Grade–To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 106th birthday, sixth graders heard The Lorax.  We discussed how prescient Dr. Seuss was in 1971 when the book was published.  After finding out what the word prescient meant they looked for all the things in the story of  that have come true today and how Dr. Seuss’ message to them is as important now as it was almost 40 years ago.

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