Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lissy's Friends

We have been reading Lissy's Friends by Grace Lin this week in preparation for her visit on March 23rd. After hearing the story about a girl who uses origami to "make" friends, students had fun "making" their own friends.

Ocean Animal Research

First grade came to the library this week for ocean animal research. This was their very first research project completed in the library and they did a great job! Students had fun learning about ocean mammals, crustaceans, fish, reptiles, invertebrates, and birds. For each type of animal students used books to find out the animal's location, adaptation, height and weight. They also drew a picture of each type of animal.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Last week Kindergarten through fifth grade celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday in the library. Together we read lots of Dr. Seuss books and learned some little known facts about one of our favorite authors.

The Cat in the Hat puzzle was a popular stop after students had checked out their books. Students also had the opportunity to visit a fun Dr. Seuss website:

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Grace Lin is Coming!

Author and illustrator Grace Lin will be visiting our school on March 23, 2009. She has written many books for children including Year of the Dog, a 2008 Bluebonnet nominee. I have begun reading Ms. Lin's books to all students so they will be familiar with her books when she visits. There is a link to Ms. Lin's website on the right of my blog under author websites. Please watch the Thursday folders for the chance to buy Grace Lin books and have them personally autographed by her while she is here. I have seen her speak and I know everyone is going to love hearing her and watching her illustrate for us! She will be featuring her books Year of the Dog and The Ugly Vegetables during her visit with us.

Arctic Animal Research

Third grade came to the library all week for arctic animal research. Students worked their way through four stations plus two tables of extension activities. Students made a map showing where different types of penguins live, graphed the heights of different types of penguins, created an arctic animal food chain, and labeled the parts of an Emperor penguin. There was one activity that was by far the favorite of everyone: making a life sized penguin.