Welcome back, everybody! Hope you all had a good summer break and found lots of interesting books to read. Library circulation will be starting very soon, and we have great books for everyone.
From the folks at Reading Rockets, here’s a great site that helps families explore reading adventures for their children. The free resources from Start with a Book include favorite themes such as dinosaurs, building, animals, sports, superheroes and music and include great themed reading adventure packs. Children can have fun while strengthening their reading skills. The flyer below contains more information as well as the site’s web address. Have fun reading & enjoy the rest of the summer!
Title: A Snicker of Magic
Author: Natalie Lloyd
Reviewed by: Isabella C.
This book is about a girl named Felicity Juniper Pickle, and she can see words. Her family has never settled down anywhere, until they find Midnight Gulch, a town rumored to once have been magic. But one day, the magic went away, and Felicity may be the one to bring it back.
I would recommend this book for people who enjoy fantasy books, books about adventure and books that can touch your heart. It you like all of the above, then this book is for you!
We’ve spent this past year reading around the library, and now you can review what we’ve learned, and try some games to test your skills.
Here’s a colorful chart that reviews the numbered categories in the Dewey Decimal System.
Try these online activities
In our exploration of the 800′s Dewey Category, the Fourth Grade students completed a unit on poetry. The students enjoyed reading Scranimals, which is a clever collection of imaginary creatures written by children’s poet laureate, Jack Prelutsky. In the book, illustrator Peter Sis created great pictures of these new creatures, which are combinations of animals with fruits, vegetables or plants. The students spent a few class periods combining the characteristics and the names of different animals and objects and were inspired to create their own original drawings and poems. They are proud to present their creativity in this slide show:
The 600s shelves include books on the human body, space exploration, pets, and much more!
FUN IN OUTER SPACE
The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA)
has a great site for kids to learn all about exploring (and living in) space.
Here are some great interactive sites that help families learn to make healthy choices:
Nutrition Explorations Solusville
B.A.M. Body and Mind KidsHealth
During this first week of March, we are celebrating the birthday of one of the most beloved authors of children’s books, Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
In Library, we are reading a few Seuss classics and also a selection from a relatively new book called the The Bippolo Seed and Other Stories. Some classes are also reading How to Help the Earth-by the Lorax, one of the non-fiction books in the Cat in the Hat Learning Library.
Make sure to check out The Lorax Project, a section of the online Seussville site that encourages students to help protect forests and the endangered species of our planet.
Has the latest polar vortex and snowstorm left you feeling cooped up inside? Why not try some hands-on science fun? The folks at Howcast have assembled more than 50 short videos on creating cool things like a balloon-powered car, 3-D glasses or a mini hovercraft. Make sure to have parental permission before attempting to make anything on your own.