What’s New in the Media Center
Students are exploring through purposeful play. This rotation of stations are:
Space Station~ students count back from 10, complete their pre-flight check and explore the constellations and planets.
Target/Starbucks~ students practice adding up prices, reading labels, exchanging money, taking orders, matching/sorting clothing and alphabet letters.
Gingerbread Bakers~ Students are reenacting parts of the Gingerbread Boy stories through dramatic play.
Kindergarteners are exploring fiction vs. nonfiction as well as characteristics of book care and parts of a book.
1st and 2nd Grade
Students are learning to research spiders (1st grade) and bats (2nd grade) using the Super 3 research model. Students are using graphic organizers to record and organize their findings. At the end of this unit students will be using various apps to present their findings to their classmates.
Third graders are exploring the 4 characteristics of poetry (title, lines, stanzas, rhyming schemes) through books in verse such as Kwame Alexander’s “The Crossover” and “Little Dog Lost” by Marion Bauer. Students will begin exploring setting and tone in the coming weeks with a study of Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
Students are exploring the 3 branches of government through research. Ask your student which branch of government they represented in their last library class. Using the Big 6 model of research students are choosing a branch of government to explore and presenting their findings through a choice project.
Fifth graders will begin their Big 6 research projects soon and are currently practicing evaluating websites for Timeliness, Relevance, Author, Accuracy and Purpose (TRAAP). They will use websites with .edu and gov. domains to ensure the information they acquire is factual.
Book Battle Club
Students in 3-5th grade have the opportunity to participate in this club on the first week of each month during lunch. Students bring their lunch to the library where we chat about the current Sequoyah Book nominations. Students practice challenging each other with questions about the book they read from the list. In the spring teams will be formed to battle each other with which team know the books the most. All are welcome to join the club as long as they read at least 4 of the 15 book from the 2022-23 Sequoyah Children’s Book List.
Beginning the week of November 8th, students on all grades will have the opportunity to participate in a story walk of “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Teachers will lead their classes around the interior of the building to find a path with parts of the story posted. As the class reads about each animal in the story they will add that animal to a mitten just like in the story. At the end of the path, teachers will turn in their class’ mittens in exchange for a sticker for each participant. Stay tuned to find out the story for our next Story Walk.