News From the Library-March 21, 2011

Boom Town to Ghost Town

Fourth graders enjoyed listening to the story of both a boom town in the book  by Sonia Levitin and seeing a Keynote presentation about a boom town that turned into a ghost town–Bodie, California.   I had traveled to Bodie several years ago and took lots of pictures and it was fun for students to see what happened to a town that once was booming because of the silver mining that took place there and then, when the mine played out, how the population dwindled until the last person left in the mid 1940s.  Bodie is now a California State Park and is kept in a state of “arrested decay” and is great fun to visit.  Showing students the presentation really added to their comprehension and enjoyment of Boom Town.  This is a wonderful book that shows the development of a town and how one thing leads to another.  It was especially nice to have the protagonist be a little girl and to show how her perseverance  and ingenuity paid off for her family and the town.

Also in the Library this week…

Kindergarten–Oh, one of my worst childhood memories….coming to school on St. Patrick’s Day without anything green.   This very thing is the story in Jeremy Bean’s St. Patrick’s Day by Alice Shertle.  But Jeremy is rescued by his kind principal, just as I was by my kind teacher.  We read this the day before St. Patrick’s Day and I’m happy to report that not one Kindergartener forgot to wear green the next day.

First Grade–First graders chuckled at Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier.  Millie, the cow, loves to scare the mail carrier and after one scare after another the mail carrier and farmer convince Millie that what she really should do is deliver the mail herself.

Second Grade–Mrs. Campbell’s class heard That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day.  This is a very cute book full of the mischief of the little ones and second graders loved all the jokes played by the leprechauns.  Mrs. Seeple’s and Mrs. Villa’s class were preparing for their Simple Machines Fair and just had time for check out this week.

Third Grade–Because third graders were on a field trip last week, they heard the last nominee for the California Young Reader Contest and voted this week.  (See Results below)

Fourth Grade–see opening post

Fifth and Sixth Grade–This week fifth and sixth graders put to work what they learned last week about what it means to make a quality comment on a blog.  We discussed again the need for ethical behavior and the dangers of posting inappropriate material on the internet.  Those “digital footprints” made a big impression on them.  You can see their comments on our Skills Blog under the post “Making a Quality Comment on a Blog.”

And the winner for Cold Spring School of the California Young Reader Medal for 2010-11 is…….Pete and Pickles by Berkeley Breathed!  We’re especially pleased since Mr. Breathed is a local resident.

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