We have be busy in the Elden Learning Commons! The beginning of the year always brings so much excitement - and I am always so happy to see all of the returning students as well as meeting so many new ones!
We have been learning about library procedures, taking care of books, creating and making, and began a new typing program!
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Kindergarten - Building a Reading Community
With our newest Elden Eagles, we always begin our year with simple library rules. It only takes a few weeks for them to get into a good routine and we have made some wonderful progress over the last month! We met Mr. Wiggles and learned about taking care of books, and then read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and looked for the pattern in the story. Our month ended with a "Read & Build" where students were challenged to build things the Hungry Caterpillar ate with Legos! Such creativity!
1st Grade - Building Good Reading Habits
It didn't take students long to remember what good listeners look like and how we take care of our library books. We also loved reading a favorite, "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," and discussing that many books are based on a certain concept. We wrapped up September with "Pezzettino" by Leo Lionni and created our own "little piece" collages.
2nd Grade - Growing as Readers
The 2nd graders were so excited to have more options in the library this year! We did a book tasting of several under-read series to learn there is more to check out besides Minecraft and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." We are hoping to grow as readers by selecting a variety of books this year! For a "Read & Build" Challenge, we read "Commotion in the Ocean" by Giles Andreae and completed a t-chart as a team to show what we have learned through reading. Then students were given the challenge of building a sea creature using only a paper plate, construction paper, scissors & glue. Such fun to see what students came up with!
3rd Grade - Developing as Readers
3rd Graders took off with a book tasting of some great series! We talked a lot about finding the Message in the story, and worked on spreading kindness to classmates after reading "Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon." We are incorporating The Positivity Project into our maker challenges, which is easy when Elden Eagles are learning about teamwork! Students worked with their peers to build straw and marshmallow towers, and those who showed great teamwork and communication skills thrived!
4th Grade - Growing Ideas about Characters
Students have gotten back into the swing of things with working on Chromebooks most days in the Library. We created our own list of procedures and rules to follow when using technology, and then got right to work with our new typing program, "Typing Club." We are now getting excited for our first maker challenge after reading "Each Kindness" by Jacqueline Woodson. Students will be creating a message delivery system to send kindness to a classmate! Look for your 4th graders to be bringing home a permission slip to take out Playaways (audio books).
5th Grade - Recognizing Themes Across Texts
Students successfully created a list of library procedures, and are doing great this year! They are really enjoying our new typing program, "Typing Club," and are taking the competition and leader board seriously! We will be working on teamwork as we get geared up for a Breakout.edu challenge based on the book "Each Kindness" by Jacqueline Woodson. Look for your 5th graders to be bringing home a permission slip to take out Playaways (audio books).