Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Just right???

This week second graders learned more about choosing a "just right" book.  A "just right" book varies by reader, but some suggestions:

  • look for books with pictures!  Pictures help tell the story when you're hung up on some of the words
  • avoid books with very tiny print
  • read some of the book- you should understand most of the words and most of the story (but it's okay to still have some questions)
  • look for books with topics that interest you
We followed our lesson by listening to the book How to read a story by Kate Messner


Students then got to practice choosing "just right" books by organizing a pile of books into "just right" and not "just right"




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

Last week 4G students reviewed Wellesley's AUP -- the acceptable use policy for technology.  Students worked in teams to break down each rule.  Each team was assigned two rules-- their job was to put the rule in their own words, provide examples of the rule in the "real world" and explain why the rule is important.  Each team presented their rules in front of the class.

After discussing what it means to sign your name on something, students signed that they "agree to the Wellesley Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy".

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Our newest center was a hit!

Yesterday, students were very excited about our new library center- origami!  Lots of creations were made after being provided origami paper and instruction books.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Getting out of our reading comfort zone!

Fifth graders spent two weeks getting out of their reading comfort zones!  They were asked to explore six library neighborhoods-- fiction, nonfiction, biography, graphic novels, folk & fairy tales and our "new titles" shelf.  In each neighborhood, their job was to browse and select one title that intrigued them.  For many students, this meant taking a closer look at books they might not otherwise have discovered.

Using the iPad app Explain Everything (a new app to many students), they took pictures of the book cover, then provided the reason the book looked interesting.  Here are a few examples:



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Our Dot Day Bulletin Board!

In celebration of International Dot Day, students worked hard to decorate dots to represent a book that had "made a mark" on them!





Sunday, September 17, 2017

Celebrating International Dot Day!

What is Dot Day, you ask?  Around the world on September 15ish, librarians, teachers, artsy folks (anyone, really....) celebrate the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.
photo credit: http://www.thedotclub.org/dotday/

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. (from thedotclub.org)

You can watch a video of the author reading the book on youtube.

There are many ways to celebrate Dot Day, as long as you include reading the book!

After reading the book, second graders decorated their own blank dot and we viewed it in 3D using the iPad app Quiver.  Students were so excited to see their dots transformed into 3D and projected to the SMART board.

In third and fourth, students decorated blank dots representing a book that "made a mark" on them-- a book that meant a lot.  Some students knew which book right away, while others took their time.



Their book themed dots will soon be on display in the library (pic to come!).

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I got caught reading!

School starts soon and I can't wait to see where you got caught reading!  Send me your photos of you reading somewhere different or unique-- email to cotek@wellesleyps.org

Here's mine- I spend a lot of time on Little Sebago Lake in Maine.  I was caught reading while kayaking!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Get caught reading!

There are only three and a half weeks left in the summer- have you emailed me your "caught reading" photo yet?

Please email Ms. Cote a photo of yourself reading in a unique or unusual spot!  We will post your photo on our back to school bulletin board.  Email photos to cotek@wellesleyps.org

I can't wait to see all your unusual reading spots!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Upham's Top Five(ish) Books!

So… sadly this blog somehow ended up at the bottom of my priority list this year!  Between lesson planning, developing the collection and getting to know the Upham kids, the blog got pushed out.  My hope is that now that I've figured out how to update it (!!!) I'll do it more regularly.  We shall see.

As my first official blog post (way to wait until the 11th hour, right??), I thought it might be fun to round up Upham's top five(ish) book circulations (by library neighborhood)!  I say "ish" because some of the top spots had 11-way ties!  If that was the case, I cut it off where it made the most sense.

First up, nonfiction!
4 (tie). National Geographic Kids: Weird but True! 7

What can I say?  Weird stuff is popular with elementary kids!


4 (tie). Lego: Awesome Ideas

Kids beeline for the Lego books!

4. (tie) Pokemon Deluxe Essential Handbook

The wait list for this book was miles long-- this was the only book I specifically ordered a second copy!

3. Lego Sar Wars: the dark side

I knew this book was popular.  Number three out of nonfiction?  I should have known- legos + Star wars!

2. Minecraft Construction Handbook

Well, it's Minecraft.  We couldn't keep any of these Minecraft handbooks on the shelf!

1. Minecraft Combat Handbook

See, Minecraft again!  Our #1 nonfiction circulated title!

Next, Graphic Novels!

5. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Anything by Telgemeier flies off the shelves and this is not her only appearance!

4. (tie) The Babysitters Club: Mary anne saves the day by Raina Telgemeier

And here she is again…..

4. (tie) Amulet: Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi

This series has always been popular.  And not to spoil the top list of graphic novels, it was the only title to knock Telgemeier from dominating the top spots!


3. The Baby-sitters Club: Claudia and Mean Janine (book 4) by Raina Telgemeier
2. (tie) The Baby-sitters Club: Kristy's great idea (book 1) by Raina Telgemeier
2. (tie) The Baby-sitters Club: The truth about Stacey (book 2) by Raina Telgemeier

So to make things easier on myself, I'm just going to show one cover.  But spots 3 and a tie for 2 are all Babysitters club!

1. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Another one that had a mile long wait list-- it's even more impressive that this one came in #1 since it wasn't added to our collection until October 21st.  It was much-loved by Upham students and was basically falling apart by the end of the school year!

Next, Fiction!  To make it easier, I combined general fiction, beginner reader and intermediate fiction together.  Only three authors dominated our top seven spots!
3. (tie) Can I play too? by Mo Willems

Oh Elephant and Piggie, how we love you.  The series ended over a year ago and it's still going strong!

3. (tie) Today I will Fly! by Mo Willems

See?  See how much we love you???

2. (tie) The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

Pure and utter domination by E&P!


2. (tie) Eve of the Emperor Penguin by Mary Pope Osborne

Okay, maybe not total domination by E&P.  There's still much love in our hearts for a little Jack and Annie!

1. (tie) I am Going by Mo Willems

Aaaand they're back in a three-way-tie for first place!

1. (tie) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

There can't be a list of top circulated books without an appearance (or two) by Diary of a Wimpy Kid (right????).


1. (tie) Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

And the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid still just as popular as it ever was!

And lastly, picture books!   In the top eight spots, only three authors!

5. Shoo, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

Fly Guy, still oh so popular!

4. (tie) The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems

Mo Willems can't stay out of this count down!

4. (tie) The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems

And more Pigeon.  More Mo.

 4. (tie) Fly Guy and the Frankenfly by Tedd Arnold

4. (tie) Even More Parts by Tedd Arnold

3. Betty Bunny Wants Everything by Michael B. Kaplan

Ever since the reader's theater on Read Across America day, Betty Bunny has been flying off the shelves!  This title checked out 10 times since Read Across America Day.

2. Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

Aaaand it's Pigeon…. again.


1. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

And here it is, #1 spot.  Mo Willems!


I hope you enjoyed seeing what books took the top spots at Upham!  Comment below-- any surprises?