Thank you and happy book hunting!
As the end of the school year approaches, it's time to start looking for those missing library books! It is very important that all books are returned to the library by the last day of school. Please let me know if your child is unable to locate his or her book. Many missing books frequently turn up close to the last day of school as students are cleaning up their classrooms. Other common places missing library books are located are: mixed in with other books at home, under the bed, or in the car! If you happen to find a missing library book after the last day of school you may either hold onto it until the new school year begins or drop it off at the school over the summer break.
Thank you and happy book hunting!
The 2nd graders at Hollis recently got to learn about one of my favorite authors, Gerald McDermott! Gerald McDermott was mostly known for his retelling of folklore from around the world. During our Gerald McDermott unit, we focused on several of his trickster tales. Each of these trickster tales took place in different parts of the world, giving us an opportunity to locate the setting on a map and discuss the types of animals and plants that typically lived in the habitat shown in the story. Many of the students had recently learned about different habitats and were eager to share what they knew! Using their previous knowledge, we were able to make predictions about the types of animals and plants we would see in each trickster tale.
After listening to and discussing each trickster tale, the students completed a trickster tale comparison chart where they compared the setting, characters, problem, and solution for each story. Many of our students came away from this unit eager to read more Gerald McDermott stories!
Here are some of the different books we read during this unit:
Last week we had several Skypes at the Hollis school library!
On Monday, Miss Reoch's class had a Skype with author Tamra Wight. Ms. Wight, who owns a campground in Maine, is the author of the Cooper and Packrat series, which also takes place at a Maine campground. During the Skype, Ms. Wight showed students around parts of the campground as well as shared many great tips for writing!
Mrs. Hall's first grade Skyped with author Tara Lazar on Tuesday. Among the many picture books that Ms. Lazar has authored is one called The Monstore, a silly story about a boy who keeps buying monsters to try to scare his sister. Ms. Lazar read that book aloud to the class, as well as talked a bit about being an author. It was a fun Skype that had many students (and their librarian) laughing!
Wednesday was a two Skype day! The first was a Mystery Skype with Illinois for Mrs. Brooks' 4th grade. They Skyped with a class from Lathrop Elementary School in Rockland, Illinois. It was a lot of fun guessing where our mystery class was located!
Also on Wednesday was an author Skype with Jill Esbaum! Ms. Esbaum, an author of picture books, spoke with Mrs. Risbara's kindergarten class and answered their questions about books and writing!
Last week in the library our kindergartners had the opportunity to design their own, unique car! Inspired by Chris Van Dusen's creative story If I Built a Car, each kindergartner was given a car to decorate on the inside and outside. After designing their ideal car, they made a list of what would be in a car that they built. We had some very creative cars that included items such as televisions, bunk beds, and pools!
This lesson was the conclusion of a transportation themed unit that the kindergartners and I have been doing in the library over the last several weeks. Throughout this unit we have discussed and compared different modes of transportation that I can use to travel to Florida this summer. Our learners suggested different types of vehicles that I should take to Florida including dirt bikes, trains, and speed boats! We discussed the pros and cons of each type of transportation each week as we worked together to decide what my best choice of transportation would be!
Here are some of the great, creative cars our kindergartners designed! Although only the outside of the cars are showing in the picture, the cars flip open to show the interior as well.