News From the Library-Oct. 29, 2012


Halloween Fun

Second graders loved hearing Kathryn Lasky’s delightful Halloween book, Porkenstein.  It was perfect for our visible thinking routine Fluttering Feelings.  Students watched for the ways in which Dr. Pig’s feelings about the monster he created change from the beginning of the story to the end.  The illustrations are so funny and perfect for a read aloud.

Also in the Library…..

Kindergarten–Kindergarteners were great Word Detectives this week when they were listening to a Halloween classic, Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.  They discovered and figured out words like plait, clambered, and squelched while enjoying the hilariously suspenseful story of a witch and her broom.

First Grade–First graders loved the moody eBook, The Witching Hour at Hazy Dell.  This app had the option of being read or hearing it read and we picked the former.  Even so, the spooky background noises made this simple story a real hit.

Second Grade–see opening post

Third Grade–Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray is a great take off on the Night Before Christmas and clever poetry moves the story along.  But what makes this book such a hit is the fantastic illustrations by Brandon Dorman.  Each two page spread is filled with all kinds of creatures sure to inspire some pretty amazing costumes.  And if you’re looking for ways to carve a pumpkin?  Look no further.  There are ideas galore!

Fourth Grade–Fourth graders heard Esteban and the Ghost by Sibyl Hancock and loved its spooky story of a tinker who stays in a haunted castle and lives to tell the tale.  It’s fun to compare this to our Hanukkah story, Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel and see how a story line can be so similar from one culture to another.

Fifth Grade–Our tradition in Fifth Grade at Halloween is to read “Duffy’s Ghost” by Bruce Coville (found in a collection called Spooky Stories to Tell on a Dark and Story Night by Alice Low).  It’s always enjoyed especially with its touch of humor and funny ending.

Sixth Grade–Our tradition in Fifth Grade at Halloween is to read “The Surprise Guest” by R. L. Stine.  It’s found in his collection of stories called Beware. Sure to send shivers down spines and make people think twice about buying Halloween costumes!

Happy Halloween!

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