Our kindergartners have done a great job learning to use our library! They have been learning important library words, such as author, illustrator, fiction, and nonfiction. One lucky kindergarten class had an exciting Skype about elephant seals, where they got to see elephant seals live on a beach in California!
Our 1st graders library skills have grown so much since they were in kindergarten! Hollis 1st graders have had author studies in the library on exciting authors such as Oliver Jeffers and Jerry Pinkney. One class, after a unit on elephants, had an informative Skype with the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee!
Our 2nd graders have been learning about how stories can be retold in different ways. Using classic tales such as Goldilocks, The Three Little Pigs, and Stone Soup, we have compared different retellings of these wonderful stories.
Our Hollis 3rd graders have become experts at independently locating books in the library using our online catalog! After practicing locating books using their call numbers, they then learned how to search Alexandria, our library online catalog, to search for and locate books. The unit concluded with them doing a fun digital scavenger hunt using Breakout EDU. Our 3rd grade has now moved onto a Chickadee Book Award unit, which will have them creating some fun projects around this year's reading list.
We started our school year with review of our location skills, which included some fun scavenger hunts! 4th graders also learned about the Maine Student Book Award and several of the great books on this year's list. Two 4th grades had exciting Mystery Skypes - a class in Kansas for Mrs. Brooks' class and a class in Ireland for Mrs. Boucher's class! Our 4th graders are now working on their mock Caldecott unit. This is the 3rd year that I have done the mock Caldecott with 4th grade and I'm very excited to share some fantastic books with our 4th graders as they make their Caldecott predictions.
Our Hollis 5th graders have been learning about ways to promote books we love! After watching and reviewing book trailers, our 5th graders planned and created book trailers of their own! Most are wrapping up their trailers now and will soon be sharing them with their classmates.
GEJ 5th graders have been been very busy with some exciting activities. We've done some digital scavenger hunts and are now learning about some of the exciting features of the World Book Online. We've also had some Mystery Skypes recently with classes in Alaska!
It's certainly been a busy and exciting few months in the libraries! The upcoming months will be full of more exciting learning activities including virtual field trips, author Skypes, research, and, of course, reading many fantastic books!