Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Library Happenings!

With all the snow finally starting to melt and Spring just around the corner, here’s a look at what’s been happening in the Pine Glen Library over the last few weeks.

Our third graders have been studying fairy tales, folk tales, and fables.  We’ve been having a lot of fun reading classic stories like Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, and How the Ostrich Got its Long Neck. This week we’ll have some fun studying character perspective with a “fractured fairy tale” or two!

Discussing the differences between folktales and fairy tales

We’ve also been working with Mrs. Visocchi and her fourth graders on their national parks writing project. The students have been working on research tips and citing print and internet sources with Miss Carney and Mrs. Ardizzoni, Mrs. Visocchi has been working with her students on writing, and Mrs. Ardizzoni reintroduced the students to Book Creator this week.  We can’t wait to see their completed books about their respective national parks! It’s so much fun to work together on these projects!

Fifth graders in Miss Lane’s class have been working on their fiction genre study project.  Miss Lane introduced the project and assigned each group a fiction genre.  The students then came to the library where Miss Carney talked about the key ingredients of different types of fiction and helped the students pick out their books. After Mrs. Ardizzoni’s lessons on the Notability and Explain Everything apps and Miss Carney’s lesson on citing sources in a bibliography, the students are putting the finishing touches on their projects!

Learning all about how to cite our work

We also took time last week to celebrate what would have been Dr. Seuss’s 111th birthday!  It was fun reading classic Seuss tales with our students in grades K, 1, and 2.  

Now that it looks like the worst of Winter may finally be behind us, we’re looking forward to a wonderful Spring here in the library!