Time for Silent Reading
During the last few years with the advent of our one-to-one laptop program, we’ve spent lots of time enthusiastically exploring the wonders of having this technology at our fingertips. But now that some of the novelty has worn off, I’ve worked on creating a balance in the library. Books, after all, are the backbone of a library. I made it a goal last year to set aside between 15 and 20 minutes of our library class (with the exception of kindergarten) for silent reading. At first it was a bit of a struggle to settle down and actually be silent, but the more we practiced the better students got and now, I’m happy to say, they look forward to it. Having this time also gives those who might need a little more time to choose a book the chance to pick wisely. And in this culture of moving quickly, being “plugged in” and connected all the time, it seems very important to take time to slow down, to contemplate, and best of all, to read. I love seeing the looks on the faces of students who have “disappeared” into the story they are reading and the surprise when I ring the bell for them to go.
This was a short week in the Library due to parent conferences.
Kindergarten–Laura Numeroff’s series that began with If You Give a Mouse A Cookie is always a favorite with kindergarteners. This week, Kindergarteners heard If You Give A Cat A Cupcake. The cyclical nature of the story is very satisfying to children and this is also a good way to begin discussions about cause and effect.
Second Grade–To get ready of Thanksgiving we read A Turkey For Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting. This funny story relies on word play and students are very relived at the end to find Turkey AT the table instead of ON it.
Third Grade–Third Graders heard One Is A Feast For A Mouse by Judy Cox and loved following the little mouse as he picks one Thanksgiving Dinner leftover after another until his whole stack comes crashing down. This is a great read aloud because of the cumulative nature of the story and serves well as a way to get students actively responding to the story.
Fifth Grade–Mrs. Wooten’s class learned how to use Infotopia this week.