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Winter Fun in the Library
We are cruising right through the winter, and the library has been a very busy place! During Catholic Schools Week, our library Fiction and Reference sections were weeded and shifted, creating a more easily accessible collection for all to use. Many new titles were also added, thanks to wonderful parent volunteer help.
Kindergarten and First Grade students are finishing up their work on Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, and we have also been exploring some wonderful titles that are Caldecott Award winners. Grades 2-4 are continuing their library resource learing through the Fribble Mouse Library Mystery Series. We have covered encyclopedias, dictionaries, phone directories, atlases, library catalog, non-fiction/Dewey Decimal System, and biography. We have been having so much fun exploring all these library tools! Grade 5 is deep in research mode, as they are learning about various environmental hazards. We are using non-fiction sources, taking notes, keeping bibliographical informaiton and writing a five paragraph research paper. Grade 6 is finishing up work on website evaluation, as they present their "mystery" websites to each other to show their usefulness.
Grades 7 & 8 are now beginning their history research projects. Parent notices have gone home and need to be returned, and step one of the process (locating materials) is underway. I'm linking my bibliography help sheet below for all students to access as they work on properly citing their sources for the project. I'm here to help if any students need it!
December and January in the Library
December was a whirlwind in the library this year! Working on finishing up a variety of projects, students were busy right until the end of the month when we played our beloved "Library Lingo." Kindergarten and first grade students were treated to the wonders of the Brooks family Christmas story, "Once Upon a Christmas Tree." Mr. Brooks again generously donated his time to share the true story of a butterfly his family found in their Christmas tree years ago. Our students always love hearing this tale, and this year, they even made butterflies for their own trees.
January has brought us all back, refreshed and ready to learn! Kindergarten is finishing up alphabetical order and how it relates to order in the library. Grade one is starting folk tales and will learn about the characteristics of typical folk tales. Grades 2-4 will hear the latest stories of Fribble and Scamper and their adventures in the library, along with the coordinating library skills/resources to grow their information seeking skills. Grade 5 is beginning a research project on environmental health concerns and will focus on locating resources, notetaking and writing a bibliography. Grade 6 will learn about website evaluation, its importance and the pitfalls (and how to avoid them) of finding information on the internet. Grades 7 and 8 will focus in on their upcoming midterm exams. Library time will be a prep for their study guides.
In the makerspace this month, Mr. Brooks will lead a series of three woodworking classes. Stay tuned to see what our students will build under his guidance!
Happy New Year to everyone! We are off to a great start!
Thankful for Books
This month's theme is Thankful for Books, and the students at St. Bernard School certainly are thankful for their favorite books. Our interactive bulletin board this month contains sticky notes with the books students are most thankful for written on them. It is a colorful display for the season and a reminder that books hold a special place in our hearts.
This past month, our kindergarten students have enjoyed a variety of seasonal stories and activities including, Wonderfall by Michael Hall, Leaf Man by Lois Elhert, Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet and The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey. We are thankful for such fun, fall-themed stories. Grades 1 and 2 have been working hard distinguishing fiction from non-fiction. Grade two is taking their learning further and is beginning to discover the non-fiction organization of the Dewey Decimal System. Grade 3 has been very busy learning the ins and outs of the dictionary. Grade 4 is deep into their first research project using encyclopedias, non-fiction books and web sites to find information on an animal of their choice. Grade 5 is nearing the end of the Study Smarts program, which has taught them study skills, organizational tips, test taking strategies, and more. They are going to be super strong students after all this learning! Sixth graders are deep into note taking for a research project on world explorers. Their research will culminate in a power point presentation done in media class with Mrs. Lavoie. Grades 7 and 8 are working on designing a new head for the headless horseman (our fall project). You can spy a few of the finished heads in the photo below. Their work in the makerspace has been terrific this past month. I'm thankful for these wonderful classes and for St. Bernard School.