News From the Library-February 10, 2011

When In Doubt…..Doubt


This had become our official “motto” for evaluating websites.  Fifth and sixth graders had a chance this week to put their “internet detective” skills to use as they evaluated two different websites using the criteria we discussed a few weeks ago.  They used our Skills Blog to access a number of websites and then chose two of them to evaluate for authority, accuracy, bias, and currency.  We had a little fun, too, because some of the websites were, well…just plain funny.  This critical thinking skill is absolutely necessary for students as they will access thousands of documents in their educational careers.  In coming weeks, we will do a lesson using the databases available through the Santa Barbara Public Library.  Using databases is great alternative and addition to “googling” as they are already trusted and vetted resources.


Also in the Library this week……

Kindergarten–Even as Walter’s dad tells him “for the millionth time” to not jump on his bed, he just can’t resist and ends up on quite an adventure in Tedd Arnold’s No More Jumping on the Bed.  Down and down he goes through floor after floor of his apartment building with hilarious results.  And the ending leaves a lot of questions…was it all a dream?  Next week we’ll continue with Walter’s brother William in No More Water In the Tub.

First, Second & Third Grades–This week we started our annual California Young Read Medal Award unit.  This is a real favorite among students.  There are 5 books nominated each year and we read them one by one over the next 5 weeks.  At the end, students vote for their favorite using paper ballots and our ballot box.  We determine the winner for Cold Spring School and then send our votes to Sacramento to be counted with those from students around the state.  This year’s nominees are:

A Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker

Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed
Duck by Randy Cecil
A Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach by Carmen Deedy
Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie by Judy Sierra

This week first graders heard A Visitor for Bear, second graders heard Duck, and third graders heard Martina the Beautiful Cockroach.

Fourth Grade-We concluded our Tall Tales unit this week by reading Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg, a great example of the characteristics of an American Tall Tale.  And, we learned a great new word–hyperbole.

Fifth and Sixth Grades–see opening post.

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