News From the Library–Dec. 6, 2010

Becoming a Digital Citizen

This week sixth graders had a lesson on Digital Citizenship.  After viewing a Keynote about what it means to be a good digital citizen we had a lively discussion about the salient points.  For example, students were asked if they were thirteen years old.  None were, of course.  Then I showed them the terms of use for Facebook where it clearly states you must be at least 13 to have a Facebook page.  When it became evident that some sixth graders did have Facebook pages,  we talked about whether or not it was ethical to do so in as much as they would have to lie about their age in order to have one. We also talked about never saying anything in an email or online that you wouldn’t say in person, and never posting anything online that a future potential employer might find inappropriate.  After our discussion, students made comments on our Skills Blog about what it means to be a digital citizen.  Please feel free to take a look at their thoughts.  For safety, they posted with initials only.

Also in the Library this week…..

Kindergarten–The illustrations by Mark Teague in The Great Gracie Chase by Cynthia Rylant are a great example of how a wonderful story truly comes alive with the right pictures.  Mark Teague’s bold style and fantastic colors literally draw the children into this charming tale of a little dog who escapes from his home and takes the town on a rollicking race.

First Grade–Where does your cat go at night?  It’s A Secret by John Burningham lets us in on the adventure of Malcom, seemingly ordinary cat by day and party animal at night.  Again, the quirky, mixed media illustrations draw the children into this dreamy adventure and serve as a wonderful starting point for discussing the role of the illustrator in a book.

Second Grade–Talking to children about the existence of Santa Claus is always on the tricky side.  The Santa Clauses retold by Achim Broger and illustrated by Ute Krause is a lovely little book that does a great job of explaining that “to anyone who can imagine us, we are real.  It’s as simple as that.”  When news that there is no Santa hits the newspapers, all the Santas go on strike and take a vacation to Miami Beach.  Charlie, the main character in the book,  goes on quite an adventure to find them and bring them back and restore the Christmas spirit.  This book is out of print and a little hard to find but well worth the search.

Third Grade–With visions of electronic toys buzzing in their heads, third graders heard When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Lester.  After an electrical outage Charlie McButton almost loses his mind but discovers the joys of a “powerless” day and night by reconnecting with his family and finding the enjoyment of books, puzzles, imaginary games, and just being with his little sister.  A good message for our “plugged in” students.

Fourth Grade–One of our favorite Hanukkah books is Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel and students beg for it to be read each year.  Not only is it a great story to read aloud, it gives lots of information about the customs surrounding the celebration of Hanukkah.  And the illustrations of the the goblins by Trina Shart Hyman are magnificent!

Fifth Grade–Learning effective search techniques is essential for students and to make that a little more fun, I designed a Keyword Scavenger Hunt.  After highlighting key words in questions, students googled away to find the answers.  They had fun as well as learning how much narrower and more effective their search results were by using only the key words in the questions.

Sixth Grade–see opening post.

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