New Fifth Grade Book Trailers!

The Fifth Grade students read a great selection of books this year as independent reading choices. They used an online application called Adobe Spark to create book trailers, or short videos that introduce their books. Here are their terrific trailers:

Mia read the book Wish and found out why an 11-year old girl has been making the same wish every day.

Logan read Newbery Award winner The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a novel in words and pictures, which freatures a mystery inside of a 1931 Paris train station.

Kierstin read Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding, which combines a great story about a girl with a big imagination along with basic concepts of coding.

Michael thinks you’ll enjoy My Life as A Fifth Grade Comedian.

Ava read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, a classic story of a family dealing with racial prejudice in the South during the 1930’s.

Andy read the book The Recess Bully which is part of a new series called Superhero Harry.

James created his book trailer on Hatchet, the classic tale of survival in the wilderness.

Camden created his book trailer on Wonder, a great book that reminds you to choose kind.

Wilder read The Wizards of Once, a book that features the exciting adventure of a wizard prince and and a warrior princess.

Emma knows you’ll enjoy learning about Greek mythology in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods.

Nathan read In the Heart of the Sea, the gripping true story of a whaling ship that was struck by a whale.

Andy’s book, Ready Player One takes place in the year 2045, where players can enter a utopian virtual reality world.

Willa read The Mark of Athena, where Percy Jackson and other Greek and Roman demigods have to team up in order to defeat giants.

Camp Half-Blood is the setting for Mona’s book, The Lightning Thief, the first of the Percy Jackson adventures. 

All Around the World Geography Games

We’ve had a great time exploring the continents and learning about our wonderful world. After visiting over 20 countries spread over the seven continents, learning facts, and reading wonderful stories, you are a world explorer!

Here are some games and puzzles that you may want to play to test your knowledge:



Free Access All Summer to Capstone Interactive eBooks!

Students can choose from thousands of Capstone titles and read them on any computer or on-the-go on any web-enabled device. Easy navigation on the ad-free site allows readers to search for books in English and Spanish by interest or reading level. See the link below that contains the welcome letter with the log in credentials needed. Have fun choosing & reading great books!
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More Suggestions for Great Books to Read

ALCS Notable Children’s Books 2018      The Association for Library Services for Children (a division of ALA) prepares this list each year to include notable books of “especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.” It includes the current year’s Newbery, Caldecott,  Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, and Batchelder Award and Honor books.

A Book and a Hug At this site, readers can discover books that match their “reading personality types” and hundreds of books listed in categories.

Scholastic for Parents
This great list of 100 books can be filtered by age group or by different categories.


Stories From Space! Listen to Astronauts Read Kids’ Books

Story Time From Space, a project from the nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation features astronauts reading children’s books from the International Space Station. A team of educators and scientists select books to be read that are related to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) concepts. An organization called CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space) then helps to get the books launched into orbit. Here’s a video of astronaut Kate Rubins reading Rosie Revere, Engineer.

Celebrating Winter Holidays Around the World

Our theme this year in library is Reading is Your Passport to the World, and we have been learning many interesting things about people and places in different countries.

During this time of the year, many people around the world are celebrating different traditions and holidays. Use the first 2 sites below to learn more about different celebrations around the world, use the third site to explore ways that you and your family can help others during this time of the year, then have fun and play some creative holiday games.

   National Geographic Kids: Winter Celebrations

   Christmas Around the World




  Ways to Give Back During the Holidays


       Build a Snowman

   Create & Share a Snowflake


   Decorate a Gingerbread House 

Cool Tool for Watching “Uncluttered Videos”

YouTube videos can provide a wealth of information, but often, the related matter can be distracting or unwelcome. With ViewPure, you can watch videos in theater mode without comments or related videos that can clutter the screen with distractions. Simply copy and paste the URL in to the box and click on Purify. The video can then be viewed without the related sidebar content.

Research shows the importance of parents reading with children – even after children can read.

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Research has typically found that shared reading experiences are highly beneficial for young people.

Margaret Kristin Merga, Murdoch University

Many of us will be able to recall the enjoyment of shared reading: being read to and sharing reading with our parents. However, my research has found that of the 997 Year 4 and Year 6 respondents at 24 schools who took part in the 2016 Western Australian Study in Children’s Book Reading, nearly three-fifths reported that they were not being read to at home.

A sample of these children also participated in interviews, where I asked them how they felt about shared reading. While a few children did not mind no longer being read to, others were disappointed when it stopped. For example, when I asked Jason about his experience of being read to by his parents, he explained:

… they kind of stopped when I knew how to read. I knew how to read, but I just still liked my mum reading it to me.

His experience is common, with other recent research suggesting that more than one-third of Australian respondents aged six to 11 whose parents had stopped reading to them wanted it to continue.

But why is it so important for us to keep reading with our children for as long as possible?

Research has typically found that shared reading experiences are highly beneficial for young people. Benefits of shared reading include facilitating enriched language exposure, fostering the development of listening skills, spelling, reading comprehension and vocabulary, and establishing essential foundational literacy skills. They are also valued as a shared social opportunity between parents and their children to foster positive attitudes toward reading.

When we read aloud to children it is also beneficial for their cognitive development, with parent-child reading activating brain areas related to narrative comprehension and mental imagery. While most of the research in this area focuses on young children, this does not mean that these benefits somehow disappear as children age.

As young people’s attitudes towards reading reflect their experiences of reading at home and at school in childhood and beyond, providing an enjoyable shared reading experience at home can help to turn our children into life-long readers.
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