Macy Library

Welcome to the Macy Library site!

I want EVERY student to love learning!

I LOVE TO READ AND DISCUSS BOOKS!!!

Read, make, create, and think--we must do these things every day!!! The library is a great place to have fun!

Mrs. Ferguson, Librarian e-mail me anytime--- tferguson@gilesk12.net

STUCK AT HOME???

BORED???

MISSING BOOKS???

NEED IDEAS FOR FUN?

GREAT NEWS!!!!

MACY IS HOSTING AN ONLINE BOOK FAIR!!!

APRIL 20th-May 3rd Ships to your home!!

Bookstore closed? No problem!

***Shipping is free if you spend $25 on books!

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/macymcclaughertyelemmidsch

Also, access from the Macy homepage-Online book fair link. Please tell your friends. Anyone can order.

Need ideas for books?

Check out the upper right-hand corner to go to the various pages on this site for read-alouds. The categories are by grade level ranges. Try out some short picture books and listen to some longer chapter books, too. Some are by Mrs. Ferguson, others are links to various youtube.com readers. Try out the ones on the VA Reader's Choice pages and be ready to vote! Also, there are links to many free resources below!

So sit tight--or lie down--and listen to a story!!! Reading is the best way to travel--when you can't leave your house!!!

I miss you all!!!

Love, Mrs. Ferguson

Jabberwocky

by Lewis Carroll

(author of Alice In Wonderland)

My favorite poem ever! I love the silliness of the made-up words!! Lewis Carroll was famous for combining words to make new ones! Think about 'chortle'--sounds like chuckle and snort--which sounds like a very joyous, snorty, chuckle or laugh, right? After the Jabberwock is slain, the hunter chortles in joy. I sure would be glad if I didn't get eaten by a beast, wouldn't you? Draw a picture of what you think the Jabberwock might look like--or draw the battle scene between the narrator and the Jabberwock!

Send it to Mrs. Ferguson--tferguson@gilesk12.net

Let me know if I can display it on here!

(You can still send it-even if you just want to show it to me! I love to see your artwork!)


Click on the link below to see a copy of The Jabberwocky. See if you can memorize it. Practice saying it in front of a mirror, your siblings, or a family pet!

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42916/jabberwocky

Scroll down after The Jabberwocky and you will find more poems by Lewis Carroll.

jabb.mp4
poetry1.mp4

APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!!! Try out a poem or two!!!

Here is the newest poetry book in the Macy library!

ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!!

VIDEO BOOKS

***subscribe for free for one year if you are a teacher or homeschooler.

Also---FREE for a one month trial to EVERYONE!

FIRST GRADERS HOG THIS BOOK!!!

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

THEY LOVE IT!!!

If you don't want to watch the whole video--go to about 9 minutes and the author will soon start reading the story. The Macy library has all the books situated behind him--except the Carnivores books--which is new--and will be ordered next year!


Stop by the library and I will help you choose a great book to read!!!

WHAT IS AR?

WHY DOES MY CHILD USE IT?

HOW DOES IT WORK?

WHAT IS A BOOK LEVEL?

WHY DO THEY TALK ABOUT DIFFERENT COLORED DOTS?

WHAT IS THEIR AR LEVEL?

WHAT IS STAR?

***If you want to know the answers to all these questions, watch Mrs. Ferguson explain it all in the video below.

My video - 3-20-2020_2-13-53.mp4

Try out the website and look up the information on your books at home.

Use a post-it or index card and tuck it in the front if you don't want to write in your books.

***Remember--IF you bring your personal book to school, please make sure your name is in it!!!!

READING WEBSITES--This is a list of resources for reading.

The age range varies from site to site.

http://internet.savannah.chatham.k12.ga.us/schools/mhes/staff/hinely/Shared%20Documents/Reading/Reading%20Websites.pdf


How do I know how my child is doing on AR?

Can we take a test at home? How can I monitor their progress at home?

What can I do to help?

AR HOME CONNECT!

Video coming soon!

VA Reader's Choice Contest

This contest has been going on for decades. The VA State Reading Association, each year, chooses 10 books in four categories: Primary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, and High School 9-12. These books are chosen by a committee using their agreed-upon criteria. The books are current and often highlight VA authors and other popular titles, many that you have even seen at the book fairs and on other awards lists. In order to be eligible to vote students must read at least four (or more) books in a category--to vote in that category. For example, you must read 4 books in the Middle school category to vote for a Middle school book. You can't read 2 in the elementary and 2 in the middle and still vote. You can vote in as many categories as you read at least 4 books in that category. At Macy I read the Primary category to all students in grades K-3 and we vote in library class sometime in April. The elementary and middle school categories are for students in 3rd-7th to read on their own at least 4 books to be eligible to vote. However, there are usually 2 shorter books in the elementary category that I will read and discuss in Library class. That way students only need to read 2 more on their own to be eligible to vote. I host a 'Voting Party' in the library in April for students in grades 3-7 who are eligible to vote. They must have read and taken an AR test (scored 70% or better) on 4 or more books in a category to be eligible to vote, and thus eligible to attend the party. Students who read 4 (or more) in both the elementary AND middle categories are eligible to vote in both categories and usually receive a small prize from me. I encourage students to read as many books as possible in each category. I purchase multiple copies of each book to give students ample opportunity to be able to read. Along with my copies, the Pearisburg Public Library also carries the books and they appear often in the classroom book orders and teacher's personal classroom libraries.

*Ask your child if they have read any of these books for this year's contest. Which ones would they be interested in reading?

(Next year's titles have already been announced---great summer reading list!!!)

Check out the VA Reader's Choice website for more details:


PARTICIPATE FROM HOME!!!

GO TO THE TABS IN THE TOP RIGHT CORNER-CHOOSE VA READERS CHOICE!!

LISTEN TO THE BOOKS AND GET READY TO VOTE!!!

Try to listen to ALL THE BOOKS AVAILABLE IN THE PRIMARY CATEGORY AND VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE!

***I am updating the books often until we get all 10 primary books. Keep checking back!

SEND ME AN E-mail of which books your family likes best and any reveiws you have and I will add them to the page. Your e-mail gives me permission to include your comments on my page---UNLESS you state otherwise.

Tracy Ferguson---tferguson@gilesk12.net