Our First AudioBoo Book Report!
An Interactive Book…a Real Book!
This week I read Herve Tullet’s amazing book, Press Here. This is a concept book at its very best and the Kindergartener’s loved it! I started out telling them that this was an interactive book but it didn’t have a screen or batteries. I had my iPad next to me and we talked about how much fun it is to touch the screen and have things happen. But then I asked them if they thought it would be fun if they, not a computer, could make things happen with their own imaginations. We came up with all the ways that would be an advantage–never needs re-charging, won’t break if you drop it, not very expensive. And then we started the book. I wish I could have had a video of the seriousness with which they followed each direction and the total delight on their faces when the page was turned and something happened. Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPad, but this is one of those books that puts all that electronic wizardry in perspective and makes me convinced that books will never go away.
Also in the Library this week…
Kindergarten–see opening post
First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade–We are almost finished voting for our California Young Reader Medal Winner. One second grade class is left to vote on Monday so watch for the results next week!
Fourth Grade–After watching a keynote about Bodie, California and talking about the differences between informational text and literature, we read a great book about the boomtowns that appeared in California during the Gold Rush. Boomtown by Sonia Levitin traces the grown of a town near the gold fields through the eyes of a little girl who starts out baking pies and ends up with a bakery in a bustling town.
Fifth Grade–Fifth graders were in Catalina Island this week for CIMI.
Sixth Grade–Using the advanced search skills they practiced over the last two weeks, sixth graders did a webquest about Ancient Greece that their teacher assigned.
When the new emphasis in the Common Core on information texts it’s an interesting challenge to blend non-fiction with literature and give students a chance to compare the two. This week fifth graders did just that. First they looked at some original source material related to the Orphan Trains of the late 1800’s and did the thinking routine, See. Think, Wonder. This perfectly set the stage for Eve Bunting’s touching story Train to Somewhere. (Alert: This is one of those read alouds that will give you a lump in your throat). By seeing actual photographs of the trains and the posters that were sent out to the mid-West prior to the trains’ arrivals, students were able to really connect with the story. I also put on display the excellent non-fiction book, Orphan Train Rider by Andrea Warren and students spent time on their own perusing it. Seeing the connection between fiction and non-fiction that deals with the same subject matter helped students delineate the differences and see how each form has its strengths.
Also in the library this week…
Kindergarten–Kindergarteners loved Can’t Sleep Without Sheep by Susanna Hill. The idea of “counting sheep” was new to them and it gave us a chance to discuss real and imagined actions in a story. At the end, they all cuddled up on the floor and practiced counting sheep themselves and promised they would try it at night when they went to bed!
First, Second, and Third Grade–We are narrowing down own choices for California Young Reader Medal Winner 2012-13. This week two classes voted using the official ballot and placing their votes in the ballot box.
Fourth Grade–Sam Patch, Daredevil Jumper by Julie Cummins gave us a great opportunity to comthey pare tall tales to legends. Students were transfixed by the story of Sam Patch, its factual basis, and weren’t expecting that rather tragic ending. We used the Visible Thinking Routine called Connections and they came up with things today that are similar to the story line in Sam Patch, taking into consideration that in Sam’s Day there were no movies or TV. It made for an interesting discussion of this type of “entertainment.”
Fifth Grade–see opening post
Sixth Grade- We had another practice session using our Advanced Google Skills. Learning to search efficiently will help with next week’s classroom assignment which is a WebQuest about Ancient Greece.
Fifth Graders celebrated Dr. Seuss this week by watching a new app I got for the iPad. It’s a story app of The Lorax (one of my favorites) and it displayed stunningly on the new TV. For this lesson, we did a visible thinking routine called Headlines. This routine draws on the idea of newspaper type headlines as a vehicle for summing up or capturing the essence of an event, idea or concept. After seeing the app, students wrote their own headline on a sticky note and pasted it on the whiteboard. Then they read out their headlines and answered the question, “What made you write that?” by giving specific references to the book. Here are two of their headlines:
Also in the Library this week….
Kindergarten–Using the visible thinking routine Plot Prediction, kindergarteners were surprised to find that the plot in My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza did follow their predictions! They agreed that usually the fox, or the bear, or the wolf, or the coyote are the “bad guys” in the story but they loved the twist that, in this case, it was the cute little piglet!
First, Second, and Third Grade–We are closing in on voting time for our California Young Reader Medal books. The excitement is mounting. Buzz on the street is that it will be a very close race!
Fourth Grade–Fourth graders worked with atlases this week. Google Earth not withstanding for its wow factor, they found that using an online atlas just isn’t quite a satisfying as using a print atlas. They agreed that this is one reference book that might not disappear! Browsing through a print atlas has a very different feel from scrolling through an online atlas. They also noted the absence of ads in the print atlas–something they liked. To finish our lesson, they did a worksheet about our own state using the print atlas.
Fifth Grade–see opening post
Sixth Grade–Sixth graders learned advanced google search techniques this week. By using limiters, they discovered how to hone their searches to get as close as possible to their needs. They learned to search using site, file type, quotation marks, range, plus and minus, define, and also how to highlight their search words in their results. More practice next week!