Thursday, May 29, 2014

Centers in the Library

Beginning in April with poetry month the 1st and 2nd grades have had an opportunity to try out working in library centers.  Library Centers were such a great hit that I am continuing them until the end of the school year.

What are Library Centers anyway?

Library Centers means kids are doing, making, moving and making their own choices. 

Library Centers are activities that students can choose to do that help them work on a variety of literacy skills including writing, building words and sentences with letter tiles, reading and information seeking and research skills.  The best part of Library Centers is that students are able to select an activity that they want to do and they are fully engaged in working.

I have been delighted with the outcome of our library centers. I enjoy reading the poems students write or create with book spine labels. I love seeing the fantastic facts they find in our databases that they want to share with other students.

Next year I hope to have centers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades and to add new centers throughout the year that get kids excited about learning.

Here are some snapshots from our centers:

Sunday, May 4, 2014

4th Grade States Project

Finding useful 2010 U.S. Census Data for your state:

The United States Census has a website with a lot of information.  Sometimes it might be too much information.  Here is a link to the 2010 Census Quick Facts page where you can search by state or by a specific town or city within your state.

Here is a page just for students on the Census website: Student State Facts.