Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Operation Yes

Author: Sara Holmes
Call Number: F HOL

In her first ever teaching job, Miss Loupe uses improvisational acting exercises with her sixth-grade students at an Air Force base school, and when she experiences a family tragedy, her previously skeptical class members use what they have learned to help her, her brother, and other wounded soldiers.
***Note: Our 5th grade book club just finished reading this book. We are disappointed to announce that we did not like it. As a whole we were confused by the writing, uninterested in the plot, and let down by the book in general. We thoroughly disagree with Booklist which gave the book a starred review. For us, Operation Yes was a definite "NO".

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Librarian For a Day

James won the "Librarian For a Day" prize at the PTA dance and silent auction. We were finally able to schedule him to come and join us in the library today. It was a lot of fun! James was able to invite a friend to come and eat lunch in the library...Learn how to check books in and out (most students do not do this until first grade)...
Create many original bookmarks using stickers...
Pick a tot to keep from the Taylor Tots collection (probably the highlight of the day for him)...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dr. Seuss Week

All last week we read Dr. Seuss books to celebrate what a wonderful author Dr. Seuss was. Students learned that he was born on March 2, 1904 and passed away in 1991. Kindergarten, first and second graders listened to fun stories like Hop on Pop, and Dr. Seuss's ABC. Third grade heard Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!, and learned the secret behind the story. Ask your third grader which President of the United States the story was written about. Fourth grade listened to Yertle the Turtle, and learned why Dr. Seuss wrote this story. Lastly, fifth graders listened to The Sneetches, and it didn't take them long at all to figure out the meaning behind this wonderful story. It particularly resonated with them in light of their recent segregation experiment. We had a wonderul week with Dr. Seuss!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

United Tates of America

Author: Paula Danziger
Call Number: F DAN

Eleven-year-old aspiring artist Skate experiences many changes when she enters middle school, finds her best friend drifting away from her, and loses her beloved great-uncle.