Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's Flashlight Reading Time!!

Flashlight reading is one of our favorite things about the library! It only happens twice a year and it's so much fun! Students check out quickly and then find a place to read quietly. When everyone's ready we turn the lights off and the flashlights and music on!

Third Annual Book Swap

It was another successful Book Swap! Yesterday at the Book Swap 984 books were swapped for "new" books. The students were so excited to be able to come and choose their books. I want to say a special "thank you" to the Student Council for all of their help in organizing, advertising, and running the Book Swap!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Vocabulary Parade

Taylor's sixth annual Vocabulary Parade was held on November 10. This year's parade had a patriotic theme as it was held the day before Veterans Day. Students and staff had a wonderfully creative time dressing up as a vocabulary word. We were honored to have Mrs. Catherine Fowler serve as the Grand Marshal of the parade. Please enjoy viewing this slide show of the event. Look for our staff costume winners: Mrs. Steele (Volume), the Kindergarten team (Patriotic), and Mrs. Laster and Mrs. McKee (Ebony and Ivory)!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Stick With Reading Program

If you forgot to bring your Stick With Reading scorecard today, we will accept them through tomorrow, December 13. Don't forget to turn it in to your teacher! I know you want to receive credit for all of the wonderful minutes you have spent reading!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Book Swap Deadline Extended

We have extended the deadline and you may now bring books in for the Book Swap through Monday, December 12! The Book Swap will be held on Tuesday, December 13.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Book Swap Coming Soon!

The third annual Taylor Book Swap will be held on Tuesday, December 13. Remember, to participate all you have to do is bring in gently used books that are on your grade level. Your teacher will issue you a coupon with the number of acceptable books that you have brought in. You may bring in your books through Friday, December 9. Then, on Tuesday the 13th you will be able to visit the Book Swap in the library and choose "new to you" books. This is a great way to get some awesome books to read!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Electronic Books

Have you checked out an electronic book or audio book yet? These books are available through the district for the first time this year. You can read or listen to books on your home computer, i device, Kindle, etc. There are many books available for check out. Click on the Ebooks page above to find out more!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Book Reviews

This week in library fourth grade students are learning how to do quick book reviews. They come and sit at the tables where there are book review forms along with a stack of fiction books. They are practicing looking at a book's front cover, and quickly reading the book's back cover or inside flap to see if the book interests them. Then they jot down the book's title, author, and call number, along with a couple of notes on their form and give the book a 1-5 rating. Each student has the chance to review five or six books. At the end of the lesson the students are able to check out any of the books that they would like to. There are many books that multiple students wish to check out, and all dilemmas are solved with a rock-paper-scissors war. Students take their forms with them so that they can refer to them at a later date to help them find the books that they liked.

So B. It

Author: Sarah Weeks
Call Number: F WEE

After spending her life with her mentally disables mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

Author: Jeff Kinney

Call Number: F KIN

Greg, stuck indoors with his family because of a blizzard, suffers from claustrophobia and worries they will not be able to weather the storm.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Robot Book Display

We repurposed the Book Fair robots to make a fun robot book display for the library. Come by the library to check out one today!

Taylor Spelling Bee Coming in January

Mrs. Tarpley's Classroom Bee

Our third annual Taylor Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, January 10 at 8:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. This week class spelling bees are being held in each fourth and fifth grade class. Interested students received lists of word to study last month. Each class will determine the top two spellers from their classroom bee, and these spellers will advance to the Taylor Spelling Bee. The winner of this Bee will advance to the Collin County Bee which takes place in February. Good luck to all of our class winners as you begin to study for the Taylor Spelling Bee!


Author: Brian Selznick

Call Number: F SEL

Relates the story of twelve-year-old Ben, who loses his mother and his hearing in a short time frame and decides to leave his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he has never known in New York City, and Rose, who lives with her father but feels compelled to search for what is missinf in her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Vocabulary Parade

The Vocabulary Parade will be this Thursday, November 10 at 8:30 a.m. Students have been receiving information about the Vocabulary Parade in their Thursday folders for several weeks. Every student and staff member will march in our parade dressed as a vocabulary word. We are excited to have Catherine Fowler serving as the Grand Marshal of the parade again this year. Parents are invited to attend and will view the parade from the cafeteria. Parents who plan on attending should arrive early and enter through the cafeteria doors. Please do not spend a lot of money on your costumes. They should be made from items that you can find around your home. Be creative! We can't wait to see all of your costumes!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Pumpkins are Here!!

Can you guess the book characters?

Every year at Taylor the third grade students make pumpkins based on book characters. I am fortunate to be able to display them in the library. There are some amazing pumpkins and I am so impressed by the creativity the students show!

Book Fair Thanks

It was another successful book fair! Thank you to all of the PTA members who volunteered during the week to make the book fair run smoothly. Also, I would like to give a very special thank you to the book fair chair, Mrs. Howard. It is great to see the students get so excited about the books they purchased. It is also wonderful to be able to choose so many beautiful, hardcover books to add to our library collection. Thank you shoppers!

Friday, October 21, 2011

To The Book Fair and Beyond!!

The Book Fair is here!! We will be open for business next week, October 24 - 28. On Monday through Thursday our shopping hours will be 7:30 - 3:20. We are also having "Lunch With a Loved One" on these days. On Friday we will be open for shopping from 7:30 - 12:00. On Monday night the Book Fair will be open from 6:30 - 8:00 for our family night. There will also be a third grade performance that night as well as Dippin' Dots ice cream! The Book Fair is full of amazing titles this fall and we can't wait to have you visit!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fourth Grade Visits the Storytelling Festival

Fourth graders visited the Frisco Storytelling Festival last week. Storytellers Bill Lepp and Bill Harley amazed us with their wonderful stories. If you would like to be a student storyteller for next year, tell me and I'll let you know about the audition process in the spring.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dallas Stars Reading Rally

This year Taylor Elementary is participating school-wide in the Stick With Reading program. This program is sponsored by the Dallas Stars. Last week, three players from the Stars visited our school for a reading rally. They introduced the program, and got our students really excited about reading! Here is player Toby Petersen in the library before the Rally.

Every class made a poster to celebrate reading and the Dallas Stars.

Here the players, Steve Ott, Adam Pardy, and Toby Petersen answer questions and share about their favorite books.

Here is Joseph with Celena Rae, the Dallas Stars announcer and singer. She was also the emcee of our program.

Here Ms. Vargas and I pose with the players and Steve Ott's four year old daughter. She is holding the book Utterly, Otterly Day by Mary Casanova. Steve Ott read this book to our students and shared that his nickname is "Otter."

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bluebonnet Book Club

The Bluebonnet Book Club is having a lot of fun meeting on Monday mornings. Here is a photo from our most recent meeting. The Bluebonnet Book Club is made up of kids in third through fifth grades who wanted to listen to me read some great Bluebonnet books.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kate Klise Visits Taylor

We were very excited to have Kate Klise visit our school last week. She was an amazing presenter and the kids loved her. Here are some pictures from the day:

Formula for writing a story: one character, one problem, one journey.

Autographing books in the library between sessions.

If you were in this session you remember the haircut story!

Ms. Klise talking with kids after the first session.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Mrs. Fowler Speaks to Third Grade

Mrs. Catherine Fowler visited our school this week and spoke to our third graders about the history of Frisco. She is an amazing presenter and the students were captivated by her stories of pioneers, Native Americans, cowboys, and early residents of Frisco. Here some girls are showing off their new dolls. These are the types of dolls the pioneer girls may have played with.

Here Mrs. Fowler helps the students to create a living timeline. You can see the Native American, Pilgrims, George Washington, and a pioneer.

Two boys demonstrating for us how long the horns of longhorns actually are. Can you imagine trying to herd these huge beasts?

Students playing Old Horse, a game in which they guess the number of beans held in their friend's hand hand.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Stand Straight, Ella Kate

In library we have been reading Stand Straight, Ella Kate in preparation for Kate Klise's visit. Here the students are measuring themselves to see how they measured up to Ella Kate. She was a real life giantess who was 8 foot 4 inches tall.

Author: Kate Klise

Call Number: E KLI

A fictionalized biography of Ella Kate Ewing, born in 1872, who was eight feet tall by the age of seventeen and who became financially independent by traveling the country for nearly twenty years appearing at museums, exhibitions, and in circus shows.

Native American Research

Fourth grade spent last week in the library doing research on Texas Native American tribes. They learned about the Karankawa, Caddo, Comanche, and Jumano tribes. I can't wait to see the reports they are creating using their research notes!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Escaping the Giant Wave

Author: Peg Kehret
Call Number: F KEH

When an earthquake creates a tsunami when thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific coast resort, he tries to save himself, his sister, and a boy who has bullied him for years.