News from the Library-Jan. 29, 2013


The Value of Reading Aloud

This week  I did a lesson on American Tall Tales with fourth grade.  In the past, I have used an excellent video of Anne Isaacs’ wonderful book, Swamp Angel.  The illustrations in this book by Paul O. Zelinsky are fantastic and add so much to the story.  Each one looks as if it has been painted on wood in a style that perfectly matches the text.  This translates well on the video, but this year I decided to read the book instead of show the video.  What a difference!  I do love technology and now have a state of the art presentation system with a flat screen TV but I realized that sometimes the value of the reading of a book by a person to a group just can’t be underestimated.  I found that we had time to pause, again and again, to notice the details in the illustrations and to find similies and to locate each and every trait that made this a tall tale.  So while I’m exploring all the wonders of book apps and visually exciting presentations I want to remember that there’s a time and a place for everything and sometimes the simple act of reading a book is the best we could ever hope for.

It was a short week in the Library this week due to the Martin Luther King holiday…..

Kindergarten–Finding a great read aloud for kindergarten is always fun and this week we hit the jackpot!  The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen was so entertaining that kindergarteners were reciting the Pout Pout Fish’s lament all day on the playground.  The illustrations are quirky, colorful, and funny–all good for a kindergarten audience and we had great fun using the visible thinking routine, Word Detective, to figure out some pretty big words!

First grade–Because of the science fair presentation first graders in Mrs. Carey’s class just had time for checking out books this week and learning about the Bookworm Club.  Mrs. Callahan’s class had a shortened time due to a safety drill so we did the same.  (More about the Bookworm Club next week)

Second Grade–Second graders heard Kevin Henkes, Chrysanthemum, and did a visible thinking routine called Here Comes Trouble.  They listened carefully for the place in the plot where the author introduces the problem for the main character.  Then when the story was finished they listed the ways in which the character solved the problem.  Second graders also had an introduction to their book club, The Bookworm Club.

Third Grade–Third graders were introduced to the Red Dot Book Club this week.  In this club, students can choose from any books with a red dot on the spine.  When they finish the book, they can choose from a variety of projects including book reports, projects using their laptops, and video books reviews that are posted on this blog.  Stay tuned in the weeks ahead!

Fourth Grade–see opening post

Fifth and Sixth Grade–no library this week due to the holiday and a field trip.

Sorry about no blog posting last week.  I was buried under piles of Kleenex!!  Better now.  Stay well and don’t forget your flu shot….

One comment on “News from the Library-Jan. 29, 2013

  1. I’m happy to know that The Pout-Pout Fish was a hit with the kindergarteners!

    Best Fishes to you and all the students at Cold Spring School,
    Debbie Diesen (author of The Pout-Pout Fish)

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