Are you going to be in 4th or 5th grade next year? Do you love reading? Do you have a good memory? Do you like competing? Well, if you answered yes to these questions then the book club is a perfect fit for YOU!
Don’t be shy! If you love to read join the book club next year. The book club will enter the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. It’s a fun reading completion where student get to participate in six rounds of questions all pertaining to books! The book list is currently out on their website (listed below). The first book we will be discussing is The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. If you are interested, please read this book over the summer!
Today we discussed how fairy tales can change or have different versions depending on the time period and culture. Then the students got to make their own mini fairy tale using Puppet Pals on the iPads. What they came up with was adorable and creative.
This week we talked about Earth Day and the importance of keeping our environment nice for future generations. We read the book Ants in Your ants, Worms in Your Plants! By Diane deGroat. In the story, each student discussed ways to help the environment. So, in class each student made a mini poster that persuaded others to help out the environment too!
The spring book fair is coming up the week of May 15th! We are always looking for volunteers to help students find books, work at the cash register, or assist with set up/break down. If you have young (pre-school aged) children, just bring them along! They can go on the computers and play some educational games while you help at the book fair. We appreciate our parent volunteers!
These students are learning to use the encyclopedia. First, we went over the hardback books that are available in the library. Next, we used the database Britannica School Elementary on the iPads. The students looked up animals and places for their upcoming reports. Great job scholars!
The third grade really enjoyed learning about different fossils by using the online database Kids InfoBits. We were loaned the mini fossil kit from Tellus Museum and the students were tasked to look up each fossil. They wrote down some pretty interesting facts.
We’re always on the lookout to make the Ison Media Center easier to use. Recently we put out some new signs to help the students with the Dewey Decimal System’s use of alphabetical order. Now the students will know exactly where to look after they search the computer catalog for the perfect book. Finding that perfect book might also be one of our new books! We make sure to select award winning, popular, and trendy books to supplement our already fabulous collection. Come take a peek!
How many points has your child earned for reading this month? Did your child take a quiz on the book you read together last night? How close is your child to making their reading goal? Is your child participating in AR?
All students 1st through 5th are participating in Accelerated Reader (also known as AR). If your child doesn’t have any points yet it’s okay! They can start today and earn points!
AR is a computer program that allows students to take short quizzes on books they have read. Quizzes can only be taken at school, but students can read/prepare for the quiz anytime. The quizzes are graded directly after being taken and the student will earn points for each quiz passed. There are tons of books that have AR quizzes at Ison Springs. Books are not assigned to the student. They choose books that interest them! Of course, their teacher and friendly librarian are always there to help with level appropriate choices. You can visit the AR tab on the Media Center website to see how to search for AR books.
For teachers, it is a way to monitor independent reading comprehension. For students, the points obtained make the quizzes into a challenge. It is a fun incentive to read more and a way to show their comprehension abilities. Using this program helps a student see their progress and understand that reading for comprehension is important verses speeding through a book without focus.
The teacher will give each student a goal (number of points). Striving to obtain this goal will give the student motivation to work hard and do their best job. At the end of the year, the students who have achieved their goals will be rewarded with a Reading Party in the media center!
The kindergarten and first graders had a wonderful surprise last week. The third grade came by to read a nonfiction book they have been writing. It was so sweet to see the older students being so caring towards the younger. The little ones really enjoyed the small group attention.
The 2nd grade has been learning about the Creek and Cherokee Native Americans. They have researched using books, websites, and gotten information from a Nearpod presentation. The also used the MyStory app to write and gather pictures telling about facts they have learned. 2nd grade you are super workers!