News from the Library–Mar.13, 2015


Keyword Searching

This week sixth graders worked on locating key words in questions before googling them to find the answers.  They were given a sheet with a list of 20 questions (random but interesting questions) and first they highlighted the key words with a yellow highlighter pen (they loved the highlighters!).  Then they began their search.  Focusing on the key words makes such a difference in getting the most accurate hits and pares down the number of hits as well.


Also in the Library this week…


Kindergarten–The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend is just that–perfect.  The size of the book, the engaging illlustrations, the hilarious dialog, and the touching little message make this an ideal read aloud book for this age group.  They loved it!

First-Third Grade–we are finishing up our California Young Reader Medal nominees this week and voting.  Stay tuned for the winner for our school.  In May we will get the results for the entire state.


Fourth Grade–Fourth graders worked on their Non-Fiction Text Feature Hunt.  We do this over two weeks and students find non-fiction books, locate the text features and write about how each features helps them get information from a non-fiction book.

Fifth Grade–no library this week.  They were at CIMI.


2 comments on “News from the Library–Mar.13, 2015

  1. Debbie Mccormack says:

    I am a middle school librarian and I always read your posts on 5th and 6th grades. You have so many great ideas! I would love to see a future curriculum guide/book from you. BTW, are you on Teachers Pay Teachers?

    Debbie McCormack

    Media Specialist

    Bennett Middle School

    “Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” ? Ben Carson


    • Hi Debbie–
      Thanks for your nice comment. As for a future curriculum guide book and Teachers Pay Teacher…I am retiring this year after 26 years at Cold Spring and 43 years as an educator! I’ve had a great career and I’ve especially enjoyed being a librarian, but now it’s time for me to have my own time, something I’m really looking forward to. I hope my successor will continue the blog.

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