As the first week of Nonfiction November ends, second grade is came out of the starting line fast and is leading the pack! They are impressing us all with their enthusiastic energy and focused nonfiction reading. We have taken time in LMC class with several grades to look at some of our newest nonfiction books, choose one that appeals, and read at least a chapter before deciding what great fact to share.
In third grade students are extending their science unit on the solar system with in depth research on one planet. We have been reviewing the steps of research from choosing a topic, generating questions, to notetaking and recording resources. This week students will begin with one book, print or ebook, and move to a website as a secondary source.
In Kindergarten, we wrapped up our author study of Amy Rosenthal with Global Read Aloud by voting on our favorite book, Chopsticks, Spoons, Duck Rabbit, Exclamation Mark or It's Not Fair, and graphing the votes with picture, bar or circle graphs. Here's an example:
In first grade, students are beginning to think about "long ago" and comparing older times to today's world. In LMC first graders examined and observed two photographs from 1899, one of a school room and one of an "ice man" and his horse and carriage. Together we made a list of what the students observed and then reflected on what was the same and different from today.
In fifth grade students are continuing to uncover the events leading up to the American Revolution in class and in the LMC we delved into the Boston Massacre by examining several different types of primary sources. These included newspaper accounts from London and Boston, a poem, a diary entry, witness accounts, engravings, and two pamplets all created at the time of the revolution by a person with first-hand experience. Students reflected on how difficult it is to determine the truth about history as historians do and the truth is often more multi-facted than a textbook or website account.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.