News From the Library–Dec. 17, 2012


Happy Holidays!

Third graders heard Elise Primavera’s Auntie Claus this week and it’s become one of our favorite holiday books.  The text is lovely with a nice little theme and the illustrations are captivating.  Students used their thinking routines to predict what would happen next and to be word detectives.

Also in the Library….

Kindergarten–It’s a scary idea that Santa could be replaced by a machine and kindergarteners were a little worried listening to How Santa Lost His Job by Stephen Krensky.  Using their thinking routine Same, Same, Different they compared Santa with the “Deliverator” and for awhile it looked like it was curtains for Santa.  But as we all know, machines are prone to disasters, especially when you’re in a hurry, and Santa won out after all.

First Grade–First graders enjoyed an iBook this week.  Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers by Lynley Dodd is a charming and simple little app.  It’s the story of a mischeivious little cat and his encounter with a Christmas tree.  First graders used their Word Detective thinking routine to figure  out the word culprit.

Second Grade–Second graders also enjoyed an iBook this week.  Michael Garland’s An Elf for Christmas is another simple app and works very well when read to a group.  The illustrations are charming and the text very engaging.  It has three modes:  read to me (with narration), read myself (which I like to use so we can pause and discuss the story), and record my voice so that a child could record their own reading.

Third Grade–see opening post

Fourth Grade–I purchased the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” app this year and fourth graders really enjoyed it.  The narration on this app is charming,  using different voices for the characters.  In addition the interactivity is subtle and not distracting.  (We had a great time making the pine needles fall off Charlie’s little tree.)

Fifth Grade–no library this week.  Explorer reports.

Sixth Grade–Sixth graders enjoyed going on a holiday scavenger hunt online this week and discovered traditions from around the world.

Here’s wishing you all a peaceful holiday season and a wonderful New Year.  See you in January 2013!

One comment on “News From the Library–Dec. 17, 2012

  1. Donna Reagan says:

    I enjoy reading your posts very much. I love to see the teaching going on here as well as what must be fun for the kids. You don’t give grades, do you? (Please, please, please say you don’t give grades!) Your work is an example of great teaching but I’m sure that it must be a ton of fun for the kids!

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