Showing posts with label Library. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Library. Show all posts

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Grand Prairie Public Library Summer Reading Challenge!

Grand Prairie Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge kicks off this Saturday, June 7th. One of the librarians visited our school a few weeks ago to share information and to encourage the students to keep reading over the summer. The library has many fun events planned throughout the summer. You can check out the details on their website.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ocean Animal Research

In small groups, the students visited to the library to research a specific ocean animal with our Instructional Media Specialist, Mrs. Christy. The took notes over their research and then used their notes in class to help them write a research paper. They put their final drafts inside a piece of blue paper folded in a stage fold. They also made a scuba diver face to look like themselves to go with scuba diver bodies that our PTA volunteers made for us. The scuba divers held the students' writing.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Library Orientation

Our class visits the library each Friday morning. The students may select up to three books to take home. Before being allowed to take books home, they had a presentation on how to select books and how to take care of them.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ocean Animal Research

In reading we have been learning about author's purpose, informational texts, and using text evidence. As a part of these lessons, the students worked in small groups with our Instructional Media Specialist, Ms. Hollingsworth, to research various ocean animals. The students took notes about the appearance of the animal, where they live, what they eat, and other interesting facts. They then used those notes to write a research paper. Their research papers were displayed with scuba divers in the hallway for Open House.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

First Grade Turkey!

Our Instructional Media Specialist, Ms. Hollingsworth, created a fantastic schoolwide art project for the students. Each student was sent home a turkey feather to decorate in any way that they chose. The feathers were then placed together to create a large grade-level turkey. They turned out amazing!

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

After visiting the library this week, our Instructional Media Specialist read 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving to the students. If you haven't read this book, you should check it out. It's too cute! Thanks Ms. Hollingsworth for taking time to read to our class.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Love of Reading!

Each week our class visits the library. After the students check out their books, they sit down to read quietly while the other students finish up. I love how excited they are to read new books. This picture is too cute not to share.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

It's Library Time!

Our class visits the library each Friday after lunch. The students may choose up to three books to take home. After choosing their books, the students read independently. After all students are finished, our Instructional Media Specialist reads the students a story.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Earth Day Book Swap and Donation

I recently coordinated an Earth Day Book Swap for our school as a way to promote recycling and reusing what we already have. Students were asked to bring in books to trade with their friends. For each book brought in, they received a ticket which was used to "purchase" a book someone else had brought in. The students swapped almost 600 books. As a part of the Book Swap and as a part of our committment to Rachel's Challenge, the students were also asked to donate books to a local charity. With the help of one of our district's middle schools who also donated books, we collected over 750 books to donate! I am so proud of our students!

Sunday, April 22, 2012


On our visit to the library on Friday our Instructional Media Specialist, Mrs. Thornton, surprised the class with a new read-aloud. She read ZooZical by Judy Sierra. The book is illustrated by Marc Brown. The story is very funny and the students loved it. It was a great way to end the week!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Research: Library Lesson

Our Instructional Media Aide, Mrs. Johnson, taught the first graders a lesson on how to use our library database, Horizon, to search for specific topics. The students worked in groups to practice finding specific book titles and broad research topics. Your child can look for books available in our library from home using Horizon.

Little Researchers

I've already written several posts about how we conduct research in our class but I wanted to share some pictures of my little researchers in action. It is so nice to see them excited about research and to see how independent they are in finding their own answers to questions!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ocean Research and Scuba Divers

As I blogged about before, our fantastic Instructional Media Specialist worked with all of the first grade students in small groups to research various ocean animals. After conducitng the research, the students wrote research papers based on their findings. They had to include a "hook" at the beginning and then write how their animal looks, where they live, what they eat, and any special adaptations they have. They then labeled a diagram of their animal using PebbleGo as a resource. The students put their final draft of their research paper and the diagram in a stage-fold foldable which they decorated to look like an ocean. A previous librarian had come up with an idea a while back to have scuba divers hold their final research projects. The students created faces to go on the scuba diver bodies and then we added their research and coral reef art to the display.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ocean Research

Over the last several weeks the students have been working hard on researching and writing about various ocean animals. They visited the library to learn how to use a variety of sources to research. Mrs. Thornton, our Instructional Media Specialist, taught the students how to use online sources and text sources to find interesting facts and details about their specific animals. One of the sources they used was PebbleGo. Parents, if you need the username and/or password to login to this site at home, please let me know. The students wrote their notes down and later used their notes to write a paper in class. (I will write a post next week sometime with the final drafts of their research papers.)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Space Research

As mentioned in previous posts, we have been learning about space over the last few weeks. The main purpose of our space unit was to provide the students an opportunity to conduct research. We began our research by asking questions. The students divided up in small groups to write down questions they have about space on post-it notes. We then added those post-it notes to a chart. We then created a class Circle Map to record information about space found from various sources. We wrote the information from each source in different colors to keep track of where our answers to questions came from. As a class, we read through various sources, including the online source Pebble Go. Fellow teachers, if your school does not subscribe to Pebble Go, I highly recommend it. After we read each source, we stopped to see if any answers from our chart had been answered. If they had, we added the answers to the chart and put a colored dot, corresponding to the souce it came from, on the question. This taught the students that we could look at the remaining unanswered questions and narrow down if they had a common theme. For example, once we answered a few questions, we realized most the remaining questions were about astronauts and space shutttles so we were able to use the Table of Contents and Index to narrow down specific sections of the sources to look at. This was a good way to hit home the importance of text features.

After researching as a class, the students divided into small groups to conduct their own research. They created their own Circle Map on large construction paper and chose their own sources. After a few days of research, they wrote their own sentences based on their research findings on topics such as astronauts, planets, stars, and space shuttles. They wrote their sentences on chart paper as groups as a way to get them used to taking information from the sources to the Circle Map to sentence form.

The following week, the students used Pebble Go again, but this time by themselves in the computer lab, to record information about space on an individual Circle Map. In class they added more information from various library books. The students even checked out their own space books from the library for their research - I didn't even have to tell them or ask them to! Once they had completed their Circle Maps, they wrote an introductory sentence for their first draft of their research paper. They wrote their first sentence as a "Did you know fact?" Once they had their first sentence, we talked about the need to stay on topic. For example, if their first sentence was about stars, the rest of their sentences needed to be about stars. If they did not have enough information on their Circle Maps, they were free to go back and look at more sources.

After writing their first draft, they met with me during Guided Writing (which we usually do on Thursdays instead of Guided Reading) to edit their work. The students then rewrote their research paper. They then glued their Circle Maps and final draft to a large piece of black construction paper. They added planets to the paper with dot paints and then added start stickers. We hung their final research projects in the hallway and they were so proud. I am so proud and amazed at how well they did on their first official research papers!

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