Friday, February 27, 2009

News From the Library--March 2, 2009

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Rockin' Reptiles by Stephanie Calmenson and Joanna Cole
A Book Review by Oakleigh and Olive


In the Library this week...

Kindergarten--To get ready for our celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2, Kindergarteners heard Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. I'm always amazed at how the language of a Dr. Seuss book enthralls the children and this time was no exception. Very little wiggling, lots of wide eyes when listening to this charming tale about a moose who above all must be nice to his guests.

First Grade--First graders heard our 3rd nominated California Young Reader Medal book, Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson. Hilda the hippos passion for dancing is driving her fellow jungle mates crazy and it's not until she finds water ballet that things calm down--literally!

Second Grade--Mrs. Seeple's class heard The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend and Mrs. Campbell's class chuckled along with Stanley's Wild Ride by Linda Bailey. (see previous posts for information about these two books)

Third Grade--Mrs. Villa's and Mrs. Lewis' classes both heard The Perfect Nest. Students are having fun "practicing" their voting and learning how to evaluate books according to their own personal tastes.

Our Battle of the Books lunch practice group is doing a fantastic job. The "Big Test" is scheduled for March 25 and the results will determine our team of five.

Fourth Grade--In honor of Dr. Seuss' coming birthday we read The Lorax. I pointed out that the book was published in 1971 and we thought about how prescient Dr. Seuss was about the environmental problems we are now facing.

Fifth Grade--Fifth graders had a great time evaluating websites on our Skills Blog. They looked for accuracy, authority, and currency. No Northwest Tree Octopuses will be saved by these now saavy internet users!k

Sixth Grade--By popular request, we played a rousing game of Library Jeopardy this week!

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