Which books were the most popular at the Hollis library this year? Below are the ten books that had the most checkouts during the 2016 - 2017 school year at Hollis! Later this week I will share the favorites at George E. Jack.
2016 - 2017 Top 10 Books at the Hollis Elementary School Library:
Our Hollis 3rd graders are making amazing progress on their Ferris Wheels! After planning them last week, this week they began putting them together. It was very exciting to watch our learners hard at work on this project and I look forward to seeing the finished products!
Are you looking for ideas for books to read this summer! I have put together lists of summer reading suggestions. Click on the links below for some of my favorite book titles, series and authors! I have also created bookmarks with the different lists below, which I will give to the students before summer break.
Summer Reading Suggestions for Readers Entering 1st Grade
Summer Reading Suggestions for Readers Entering 2nd Grade
Summer Reading Suggestions for Readers Entering 3rd Grade
Summer Reading Suggestions for Readers Entering 4th Grade
Summer Reading Suggestions for Readers Entering 5th and 6th Grades
Also, don't forget to check out the newest Chickadee Book Award Reading List (for grades K - 3) and Maine Student Book Reading List (for grades 4 - 8) for other great reading suggestions!
2017 - 2018 Chickadee Book Award Reading List
2017 - 2018 Maine Student Book Award Reading List
Last week in the library, 3rd graders and I read the book Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis. This nonfiction book tells about the first Ferris Wheel, which was created for the Chicago World Fair in 1893.
Now that we know the history of the Ferris Wheel, we're going to try to create our own, miniature, ones! After looking at pictures of other miniature Ferris Wheels made with a variety of materials, including pasta, craft sticks, and paper plates, the 3rd graders began to plan their own. I have provided a large selection of "building materials" for them to use. This week they sketched out their plan, listing what materials they plan to use. Next week we'll start building! I can't wait to see the finished products.
Breakout EDU is an exciting resource that I was so excited to finally use in the library last week! A few months ago I purchased my first Breakout kit and, over the last several weeks, added three more kits and put together a fun, yet challenging, activity for my students.
The goal of this activity is for students to work collaboratively to solve clues that will lead them to the combinations on the many locks on the Breakout box. The Breakout challenge that I created for my students require them to use a variety of library and informational resources, including Alexandria Library Catalog, Britannica Online Encyclopedia, to get the information they needed for the lock combinations.
It was so exciting to see the enthusiasm of the student as they worked together to on this fun activity! Many groups were able to open some of their locks already and I look forward to seeing how many more locks get opened this week.
Kindergartners are in the middle of a transportation theme in the library! I began the unit by explaining to the class that I will be traveling to Chicago this summer. I showed them Chicago on a map and asked them what are some different types of transportation that I can use to get to Chicago.
Every week we have been focusing on a different type of transportation. So far we have talked about bikes and cars. We come up with reasons why I would want (or not want) to use a particular type of transportation to travel to Chicago. For example, we agreed that while riding a bike to Chicago may take a long time, it would be a great way for me to get exercise!
Last week we focused on cars. After discussing the pros and cons of taking a car to Chicago (we decided that although a car may take longer, we'd be able to pack a lot of stuff to bring on the trip), we read the fun story If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen. After, students had the opportunity to design their own fun car!
This week we will be focusing on airplanes. I look forward to sharing some exciting facts about airplanes with my kindergartners!
Looking back through my library news posts from this school year, the word "Skype" appears numerous times! Since I first discovered the many possibilities of using Skype in the library about five years ago, it has been a significant part of my library instruction. The ability to reach out and connect to classes, authors, and other experts around the nation (and the world) has provided wonderful experiences for our learners.
During the 2016 - 2017 school year, the Hollis and George E. Jack libraries have had over 40 Skypes. These Skypes have connected us with 21 authors, classes in 14 different states and 3 different countries. We met a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park and spoke to a shark expert. We may not have physically left the building but, thanks to the power of Skype, we were able to bring new friends and places to us.
This year these authors generously took the time to meet with our students on Skype:
Cece Bell (2015 Newbery Honor winner)
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Dori Hillestad Butler
Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Kara LaReau (2017 Geisel Honor winner)
Our students connected with classes in these states:
We met students in these countries:
In addition to this, we met Ranger Matt at Yellowstone National Park and learned about sharks from Jillian Morris at Sharks4Kids.
It's been such an amazing opportunity to meet so many new friends, and welcome back returning friends from previous years, on Skype. I'm already looking forward to welcoming new friends and places into our libraries for the 2017 - 2018 school year!
Last week, Mrs. Corrow's 4th graders got to add something to wordless picture books: speech bubbles! Using an idea I found on author Lynn Plourde's website, I provided students with post-it notes cut into the shapes of speech bubbles. They used these speech bubbles to give a voice to the characters in different wordless picture books, making the books look more like graphic novels. The class had a lot of fun adding speech and thought bubbles to the different wordless picture books I provided to them.
The 2017 - 2018 Maine Student Book Award reading list is available! This year, the committee decided to create two lists - one for readers in grades 4 - 6 and the other for readers in grades 6 -8. There are many great choices on this year's list! Click here for the 2017 - 2018 reading list for students in grades 4 -6.
So far, I've read these books from the new list:
Maxi's Secrets by Lynn Plourde
The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Framed! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti
Once Was a Time by Leila Sales
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks
Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes
I'm looking forward to talking about these books with next year's 4th and 5th graders!
What's a book hunt? In the Hollis and George E. Jack libraries, it's a fun way to work as a team to solve a puzzle and practice locating books! Throughout the year, I often do book hunts with my older students. These activities involve having students work in teams to search for a book title in Alexandria and locate it on the shelf. In the back of that book will be a piece of paper with another book title on it. The search continues until the final book, which will have bookmarks for the whole group. There's a twist, however. The book titles are usually written in another type of writing - such as Braille, hieroglyphics, or riddles. The teams need to first determine what the book title is before they can move onto the next step!
This week the 3rd graders had their first book hunt with me. The titles they received were written in hieroglyphics, so they first had to translate before trying to find the book. Everyone did a great job working in their groups and had a lot of fun doing this activity!