What's Going on in the Library?
There has been a lot going on in the library this first marking period! We have done multiple research projects on owls, bats, river otters, jungle animals, and famous people of the world. Students have learned how to locate information in our books and online in our databases. We have also had many fun lesson exploring children's authors such as Rob Scotton, Mercer Mayer, Doreen Cronin, Karma Wilson, and more! We have also started our centers in all grades that range from learning how the library works with battleship, library pictionary, and our newest addition Makerspace with origami! I can't wait to start up our chromebook lessons this next marking period and begin to explore Thinglink and our new Ozobots!
We are slowly wrapping things up in the library for the year. All library classes will end on June 3rd as we close down to complete our yearly inventory. All library books should be turned in by June 3rd to help with this process. Although library is closing for checkout, that doesn't mean the reading should stop! We have our annual Book Swap starting on June 2nd. On June 2nd and 3rd students should bring in previously loved books to swap. On Monday June 6th, students may return to the library to pick out "new to you" books. We can't wait to see all the fun books you get to read over the summer!
We've had another busy month here in our library! We started with our school's "One Book, One School" initiative. Every family in our school got a copy of Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Chapter's were read, tears were shed, and our school met our reading goal! Along the way we had a fun filled night where we played Bingo for Books. Every child left our school with a book that was donated by our wonderful PTO. Along with this wonderful night, the Scholastic Bookfair was here in our school. Again our PTO came through for our library, and we were able (with their help) to purchase new books for the library from the Bookfair. Everyone should stop by and see all our new titles!
Boy have we been busy this month! We started with a visit from Mrs. Kappas and the 3D printer. Students got to explore the printer and see how it works along with other fun 2D/3D activities. Then we had weeks of research. Students learned about famous African Americans, famous women in history, and life cycles of butterflies. Then kindergarten and first grade was treated with a visit by the Virginia Farm Bureau and Mrs. Davis where we learned about how agriculture impacts our daily lives. We ended the month with a fun Easter Egg hunt in the library Ispy style (kindergarten and 1st grade) or QR code style (2nd-5th). So much going on in the library!
It is the season to do research in the library! Kindergarten and first grade students have just completed their three week penguin research project. Students in kindergarten created a penguin book sharing their facts, while first graders created a talking picture using the ipad app Chatterkids to showcase the information they learned on penguins. Fourth and Fifth graders have been learning all about the Caledecott medal and holding our own version of the selection process in the library. Second and Third graders have been brushing up on their locating information skills and are getting ready to start a Black History project. Whew! Have we been busy!!
Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade have a fun opportunity for the next month of December. Each time students come to library and make good choices they can earn one ticket in a drawing to be first in line to checkout some one of three great new books in the library. On the last day of school before Winter Break, students will gather for a sing along in the cafeteria. At this time, I will draw out the names of 6 winners to checkout one of the following books: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, Hacks for Minecraft, or The Ultimate Unofficial Minecraft Encyclopedia. Good luck students!!
In order for a student to be eligible, they must read and pass the tests for five of the ten books. We will then head to New Kent Highschool to play games and discuss books with students from George Watkins Elementary school. Happy Reading!!
We are gearing up for a brand new school year at NKES! From new section banners to new book shelves, there have been many changes that will be here to greet students and teachers alike.
The first really big addition to our library was made possible thanks to a a wonderful donation from the Davis family in memory of their son that enabled our library to purchase 85 new books on animals and sports for all students to enjoy.
Another fabulous addition to our library program comes in thanks to our wonderful PTO. We now have 7 mini-ipads that will be used to extend our learning into many 21st century skills! I can wait to explore all these ipads have to offer!
Our theme this year is a space theme. So, get ready to to blast into a fun year at the New Kent Elementary Library!!
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