News From the Library-May 21, 2012

The Power of the Fairy Tale

Once again I was struck this week by how powerful fairy tales are.  I read this beautiful version of Rumpelstiltskin, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, to the second graders.  Even though they know the story, this version, with its incredibly detailed illustrations captivated them.  They sat as quietly as I can remember, hanging on my every word.  It reminded me how, in our fast paced world, we can tend to look to the new and I’ve decided to plan an in depth fairy tale unit for the next school year using the Visible Thinking routines.

Also in the Library this week…

Kindergarten–Lauren Child’s I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato is appealing on so many levels as a read aloud.  The large size of the book makes the illustrations so accessible and the humor of the story and the fact that it is something the children readily relate to make this a winner.  We had fun by first talking about foods each child did not like and at the end of the story we came up with creative names to make them more appealing.  Mushrooms became fairy chairs and onions became hula hoops for mice!

First Grade–The Lost and Found by Mark Teague is a favorite at this time of year since our own lost and found is overflowing.  First graders followed Wendell, Floyd, and Mona on their adventure after the trio dove into the lost and found and I noticed several of our students looking carefully at the bottom of ours to see if they could have an adventure of their own!!

Second Grade–see opening post

Third Grade–Going along with our fairy tale theme this week, third graders heard The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka.  This was a great chance to use the Visible Thinking Routine called See,Think,Wonder.  The illustrations are detailed and full of humor and it was great to slow down and look at them carefully, and then think about what the illustrator had in mind.  Finally they wondered what would happen next in the story.  Figuring out the allusions to several different fairy tales was fun too!

Fourth Grade–Fourth graders enjoyed a ebook version of Butterfly Beach, a book written and illustrated by local Santa Barbara author Polly Caldwell Bookwalter, about one of our favorite beaches.  After hearing the story, we scrolled back to several pages and came up with suggestions for interactive features.  In doing this, students are realizing that less is more and they came up with some very good ideas!  It was also a way to model reading and ebook through first and then going back to see the interactivity.

Fifth Grade–missed Library this week due to STAR testing

Sixth Grade–We played a great round of Library Jeopardy in preparation for our “final exam” next week.

One comment on “News From the Library-May 21, 2012

  1. missycahill says:

    I absolutely love the Lauren Child suggestion. I can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for the great post, all brilliant lessons!

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