Over the last few months we have been very busy in the library! Here's a brief overview of some of the activities our students have been doing with Miss Vitti:
Skypes, Skypes, and more Skypes:
Our 4th and 5th graders at both schools, since the beginning of the school year, have done many Skypes, including Mystery Skypes as well as author Skypes.
Our Mystery Skypes have allowed us to connect with peers in several different places including: Georgia, New York, Alaska, Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota, Trinidad & Tobago, England, Ireland, Bahamas, and Honduras!
In addition to our Mystery Skypes, several classes at George E. Jack have had the opportunity to meet authors via Skype. The authors we have Skyped with so far this year are: Jack Marcionette, Paul Durham, Terry Johnson, Heather Vogel Frederick, and Marica Wells. All authors that we have Skyped with at George E. Jack this year have books on this year's Maine Student Book Award list. Skyping with these authors certainly helped build excitement for their books!
Book location experts:
Our 3rd grades at Hollis spent the first trimester of our school year on building book location skills and becoming more independent seekers of information. After spending several weeks become experts at locating books in the library using call numbers (or, as I like to call them, book addresses), they were able to learn to use the Alexandria online library catalog to search for books that interested them then use their new location skills to find the books in the library.
The Hollis 4th graders have been learning how to create book trailers to help advertise some of the books we have in the library! To do this they must, after reading a book, identify the important elements of the story (character, setting, important events) then plan a book trailer using the iMovie trailer program. I look forward to sharing their completed trailers in the near future!
Stories from around the world!
2nd grade is one of my favorite years in the library! This is when I get to share folklore from around the world with my students. Did you know that some of your favorite stories(including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Stone Soup) have been retold in a variety of ways? The 2nd graders are learning this as we are taking classic tales and comparing different versions of them. We are now wrapping up a unit I like to call "Soup's On!" where we listen to and compare many versions of the classic tale Stone Soup.
All about the author!
For 1st graders, I have chosen to start the year with different author focuses. We started with one of my favorite artists, Jerry Pinkney, who has used his outstanding (and award winning) illustrations to re-create some of our favorite classics including The Little Red Hen, The Lion and the Mouse, and The Ugly Duckling. We have now moved onto a Maine author, Robert McCloskey.
All about the library
Our kindergartners have been learning all about the library, including how to be respectful responsible, and safe library users. They have learned how to take care of books that they are borrowing, and basic library/information vocabulary including author, illustrator, fiction, and nonfiction. They have been learning about the works of many different authors as well as the types of books we have in our library. I look forward to watching them grow as readers and information seekers!