3rd Grade

The 3rd grade library program builds on students' prior knowledge - learning proper book manners, taking good care of books, finding a "just right" book, and listening to diverse and entertaining stories with the librarian. We will delve deeper into the Dewey Decimal System and reinforce how the books are organized and accessed in the library. 3rd graders will review how to use online library catalog and are expected to be able to search for books on their own. In addition, we will also spend time looking at different reference sources and deciding when best to use them. 
This year, we will do a mini biography project on toy inventors. 

3rd grade students may borrow up to two books at a time and should return their books each week. Books may be renewed as needed. If you return one book, but still have another out, you may borrow only one book that week. Students with excessive overdue books will have borrowing privileges suspended until books are returned or paid for. If there are ever any questions about overdue books, please email colleen_flannery@wayland.ma.k12.ma.us

2018-19 schedule
Ms Dowd's class is on Wednesday from 9:55-10:40
Ms Cohen's class is on Wednesday from 10:45-11:30
Ms Moynihan's class is on Thursday from 11:05-11:50

What did we do this week?

Final week of September
We began a long picture book read aloud, Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann. Students selected books.

Third week of September
We read the hysterical new book by Drew Daywalt, The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors. We learned what a legend is and how a story can change over time, especially if told in oral tradition. We played rock, paper, scissors, and figured out the chances of winning the game mathematically.

Second week of September
We read The Infamous Ratsos, a short chapter book. We learned that looks can be deceiving, and that you you don't have to BE tough to "hang tough." Students selected books. 

First week of September
All classes watched a video about library rules and expectations. We talked about some of the fun things we did over the summer and read the book Pictures From Our Vacation. 3rd  graders may borrow up to 2 books for two weeks.

YouTube Video


What are we doing now?

September Story Corner

But Excuse Me, That is MY Book! 

May chapter book read aloud
by Newbery Medal winner Katherine Applegate, 
author of The One and Only Ivan

"An unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.

Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary." - from the publisher

Crenshaw book trailer

Crenshaw is imaginary. 

Childhood hunger isn’t. 

Did you know...

  • Nearly one in five kids in America lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
  • Three out of five K–8 public school teachers say they regularly see students come to school hungry.
  • Teachers of hungry kids spend, on average, about $37 of their own money each month to buy food for students.
  • Click here to see how YOU can help to make a difference! 
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    September read-alouds


    Snowflake Bentley

    CALL NUMBER and Library Organization

    Reference Sources
    Colleen Flannery,
    Dec 21, 2015, 7:35 AM