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.
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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

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