News From the Library-Feb. 27, 2012

For Black History Month

One of the best books I’ve found for reading during Black History Month is Deborah Wiles’ Freedom Summer.  Told from the point of view of a white boy during the tumultuous  period after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, this is a book that sparks many discussions.  Fifth graders heard this book about a small town in which the public swimming pool is filled with asphalt after the passage of the law instead of allowing it to be open to all.  We used a visual thinking routine called Circle of Viewpoints to discuss what could have made the townspeople do such a terrible thing, how the two boys in the story were feeling, and how they themselves might have acted in that situation  Seeing it from different sides made students ponder about the causes of such behavior and to think about a time in their lives that they might have made a judgement about a person based on fear and incomplete information.

Also in the Library this week…

Kindergarten–What fun we had with Kieko Kasza’s hilarious book My Lucky Day about a pig who was destined for a fox’s roasting pan, but instead ends up with a bath, a dinner, and a massage instead!  At first we used predicting skills to determine who was going to have the lucky day and then had a good time realizing our “mistake.”

First Grade–This week we read our 3rd nominee for the California Young Reader Medal, I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll.  So far in our practice voting, this book is our frontrunner.

Second Grade–no library because of President’s Day

Third Grade–This week we also read I Need My Monster for the CYRM voting.

Fourth Grade–Fourth Graders heard The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, another great book for discussion during Black History Month.  Again, we used the visual thinking routine, Circle of Viewpoints, to look at the story from the point of view of each of the characters–the two girls, the mothers, the other girls, and even from the point of view of the fence.  In this way, students understood the metaphor of the fence in the story in a new and concrete way.

Fifth Grade–see opening posts

Sixth Grade–no library because of President’s Day