News From the Library–Jan. 6, 2015

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California Young Reader Medal Nominees

This week students in Grades 1-3 began hearing the five nominees for the California Young Reader Medal 2014-2015.  Each week I will read and discuss one book with the classes and after all five have been heard they will vote for their favorite.  We come up with a winner for our school and then I send the votes to Sacramento to be counted with those from students all over the state to come up with the overall winner.  This year we have a great selection:

Randy Riley’s Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen

City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Miss Brooks Loves Book (and I don’t) by Barbara Bottner

Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino

Also in the Library this week…

Kindergarten–Kindergarteners heard one of our all time favorite read alouds, The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen.  Great illustrations added to a rollicking, rhyming text with good chances for audience participation, make this book always a favorite.

Fourth Grade–In honor of Black History Month, Fourth graders heard A Taste of Colored Water by Matt Faulker.  I like using this book as an age appropriate introduction to the civil rights movement and its implications.  The story is simple but powerful and really keeps the attention of the students.  I started with a slide from the story and the visible thinking routine called See, Think, Wonder.

Fifth Grade–For Black History Month, fifth graders did the visible thinking routine called Character Trait Portrait for the book Rosa by Nikki Giovanni.  I made a large copy of one of the illustrations from the book and put it on the white board and drew a frame around it.  After we discussed what character traits are, I read the book.  Again, this is such a great age appropriate book and sparked an interesting and spirited discussion.  Students were then asked to think of two character traits for Mrs. Parks, write them on small sticky notes, and put them around the frame.

Sixth Grade–For sixth graders and Black History Month I am reading Patricia Polocco’s wonderful book, January’s Sparrow.  I am reading it over 3 sessions and students were very disappointed when I stopped this week.  I have made a keynote with the illustrations from the book and project them as I’m reading.  This seems to really engage them.  We will continue next week and they said they can’t wait to hear what happens to the slave family who chooses to run away from their plantation and seek freedom in Canada.

Our book clubs are flourishing.  Here’s a snap of third graders working on their book reports.

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