I have many favorite units I look forward to teaching each year, especially my 2nd grade Stone Soup unit! In addition to the traditional Stone Soup and Nail Soup stories, there are numerous fun retelllings of this classic folktale. Our second graders at Hollis have been comparing multiple versions of the Stone Soup story, including Cactus Soup, Fandango Stew, and Kallaloo. On Thursday, Mrs. Bshara's class used Venn Diagrams to identify similarities and differences between two soup stories that we read. They did a great job recalling details from the stories as they worked on their Venn Diagrams.
Mrs. Daigle's class continued their alligator unit with an amazing Skype last week! Andy from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher spoke to our learners about alligators, telling them some fun facts and showing them a live baby alligator. We had a great time learning more about alligators and seeing one up close. Thank you to Andy and the North Carolina Aquarium for taking the time to talk to us about these amazing reptiles!
It's all about alligators for Mrs. Daigle's 1st graders!
As part of our alligator themed unit, we have been reading fiction and nonfiction materials about alligators. We began our unit by reading Snappsy the Alligator, a funny fiction story by Maine author Julie Falatko. We then followed by reading a nonfiction book about alligators, comparing real alligators to the fictional Snappsy.
Last week, we used PebbleGo to find facts about alligators. Our 1st grade learners did an excellent job accessing PebbleGo and writing the facts they learned from this excellent resource!
We will wrap up our alligator unit with two exciting Skypes! On November 16th we will be Skyping about alligators with the North Carolina Aquarium. Then, on November 30th, we will be having a Skype session with Julie Falatko (author of Snappsy the Alligator). We are so excited about these upcoming Skypes!
What a fantastic job our GEJ library learners did this week! We've been at the middle school while repairs are being done at our school and this week used their gym as our temporary library learning space. During their library time they had several options for activities - reading one of the books Mrs. Parker brought over from her Hollis school library, Snap Circuits, puzzles, and a geography game. While it was not not our typical library routine or space, everyone did an amazing job!
Many fantastic books are being borrowed from our libraries! It is so exciting to watch our enthusiastic readers discovering books to borrow.
As of today, these are the top checked out books from our libraries:
George E. Jack Top Checkouts
Hollis Top Checkouts
More new books are scheduled to arrive within the next couple weeks at both schools. I'm looking forward to sharing them with our readers!
I am so excited about the progress being made towards replacing the George E. Jack library bookcases! My goal is to replace all three of the older bookcases with new, mobile units. The new units will help make the library space more open and inviting.
Due to the generosity of donors, I recently received 4 new bookcases through DonorsChoose! They arrived two weeks ago and are looking great! These new bookcases will replace one of the three older units.
Yesterday, I received notification that my second DonorsChoose project, for the purchase of several more new bookcases, was fully funded! This will allow for the replacement of another older bookcase! These new units should be arriving in December or January.
This leaves just one of the three original bookcases to be replaced. A new DonorsChoose project has just been set up to help purchase more new units. I am so thrilled with how this project is progressing!
It was another fantastic, busy week in our libraries!
Three 5th grades, one at Hollis and two at GEJ, did Mystery Skypes this week! The two GEJ Mystery Skypes were with classes in Massachusetts and North Carolina. The Hollis Mystery Skype was with a class in Tennessee. Everyone did a great job in determining the location of their buddy classes. More Mystery Skypes are coming up - where will we go next???
4th graders are GEJ did a scavenger hunt to help build their book location and library catalog skills! The added twist was that the book titles they were given were written in a secret code and, before they could search for the books, they had to first work with their teams to decipher the code. Everyone was very enthusiastic as they worked together on this fun activity!
3rd graders are continuing to practice and improve their library book location skills!
2nd graders have wrapped up their Goldilocks unit and are now working on comparing different versions of one of my favorite folktales: Stone Soup! After reading Marcia Brown's version of the classic tale, we've begun to compare it to other retellings, including Nail Soup.
Kindergarten and 1st grades are continuing with their author studies. Kindergartners are now learning about the works of Molly Idle, a Caldecott Honor winning author and illustrator.
Our four new bookcases at GEJ were assembled and filled with books! The classes were very surprised and excited to see the new bookcases. The current DonorsChoose project, which will add more bookcases to replace the old ones, is nearing completion!
Activities this coming week include a Skype with an elephant sanctuary for Mrs. Johnson's first grade, who recently completed an elephant themed unit in the library!
I'm looking forward to another fantastic week in the libraries!
It's been a busy week in the Hollis and GEJ libraries!
Our 3rd and 4th graders learners at both schools practiced their book location skills this week with a call number scavenger hunt!
At GEJ, we also had our first Mystery Skype of the school year! One of our Wednesday 5th grade classes met a class from Massachusetts. They did a fantastic job determining the location of our buddy class. Several other 5th grades are preparing for upcoming Mystery Skypes and, over the next couple weeks, will be meeting many classes from around the United States via Skype!
Our kindergarten and 1st graders have been busy with author studies, where they have compared different stories by the same author. Authors that some of our classes have been learning about this year include Ryan T. Higgins, Ame Dyckman, and Oliver Jeffers. Over this school year we will learn about the works of many other excellent authors!
2nd graders have been working on comparing and contrasting different Goldilocks retellings! Over the last few weeks we have learned about several different versions of the popular tale. Next, we will move on to various retellings of Stone Soup!
Another piece of exciting news is the arrival of four new bookcases at GEJ! These new units will replace one of the existing large units in the library. I'm so excited to get our new bookcases set up!
It's been a busy month in the libraries! It has been wonderful to watch so many enthusiastic readers selecting books to borrow each week. I've enjoyed seeing what our readers choose to bring home and hearing about their books when they are returned.
For the month of September, these books were the most popular at Hollis:
At George E. Jack, these books were the most popular checkouts for September:
It has been so exciting to see our readers borrowing many fantastic books from our libraries! We are now into our third week of book circulation and hundreds of books have been borrowed already.
There is a change in how we are sending home notices for library materials that have not been returned on time. In the past, paper notes have gone home when a student has on overdue book. This year, email notifications will now be sent when a book has not been returned. If you receive an overdue notice for a book that your child has already returned, please let me know!