An Exciting Library Makeover!
With the hard work and support of Jennifer Anton, a former IB PYP teacher/librarian, we have been reorganizing our collection based on an intuitive, subject-based categorization system. This child-friendly organization system will allow children to browse the shelves with more success, and discover new titles in the process. We have tailored the categories to reflect our collection, our IB program of inquiry, and the interests and needs of our students and teachers.
This reorganization will be enhanced by a new web-based, customizable library management system that will make our collection more accessible to children, teachers, and families of our school community. During this process, library resources for units of inquiry and independent reading are being distributed to classrooms, and students will soon be able to begin visiting the library to borrow books.
If you are interested in helping to remove old book labels, scan books, and shelve books, please email email@example.com with your availability.
Light plays a central role in celebrations throughout the year and around the globe. Check out some of these books to learn about the diverse ways that people around the world incorporate light into holiday celebrations.
In the comments below, please share your family's traditions and experiences related to winter celebrations of light.
In case you have not seen this already, PJS has a student book review blog. So far, all of the book reviews have been written using a fiction book review template or a nonfiction book review template. While these standard reviews are wonderful ways of learning about books, there are additional ways to generate interest in a book and inspire reading. In the New Books to Check Out section of this website, you will find examples of book trailers- short videos that use images, text, audio and video to give readers a preview of a book. Think of it as a twist on movie previews that you see in theaters and online.
Another fun way for students to share what they are reading and inspire other kids to give new books a try is to create a short picture video using the iPad app, ChatterPix Kids. This is a free download from the iPad app store.
Students looked at the following example based on the book, Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty, and they decided that they would like to give ChatterPix Kids a try.
Together, 3rd graders created a list of steps that they will follow as they create their own ChatterPix Book Talk. The goal of the Book Talk is to introduce the book from the point of view of the character that you have chosen.
1. Choose a book with a character that you really like.
2. Find a picture in the book that you would like to use for your video. Since you will be drawing a mouth, try to choose a picture in which the character is facing forward as it will look more realistic. Or, If you prefer, draw a picture of your character.
4. Using the iPad app, take a picture of your character.
5. Follow the prompt to use your finger to draw a line for the mouth.
6. Get ready to record. You will only have 30 seconds to record your audio so plan ahead. You may want to write some notes or even write a short script to follow. Be sure to remember the following:
Students in K/1 have been investigating the central idea: People invent to solve problems. During WTW classes, we have read a variety of books (both fiction and nonfiction) to explore the motivation and experiences of characters who invent.
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beatty
What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobe Yamada
Going Places by Peter Reynolds
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Grade 2/3 students had an opportunity to experiment with the Chatterpix app and learned how to make photographs and drawings talk. As a way of connecting with their most recent unit of inquiry-Humans affect habitats in both positive and negative ways- students used their research and persuasive writing to speak up for the animals that they had selected. Using the iPads, second and third graders took pictures of the animals they researched, drew a line to make a mouth, and spoke about the animals' concerns.
Grade 2/3 students were excited by the possibilities of ChatterPix, and I look forward to seeing their creative applications.
Minerva Louise is a hen who loves to be outside in the snow, and is in search of a hat to keep her warm. The toddlers laughed out loud as Minerva tried to find something to wear- a hose for a scarf, gloves for boots, and their favorite page- a bucket for a hat. Fortunately, Minerva Louise is a resourceful and persistent hen who comes up with a creative solution.
In this universal immigration story, Dan Yaccarino shares how a little shovel was passed down through four generations of his Italian-American family along with some good advice: "Work hard, but remember to enjoy life, and never forget your family."
Grade 2/3 students were a bit confused tracing the author's roots back to his great-grandfather, but they were able to use the text to figure out the family tree. Students searched for the shovel and discussed its importance to the author's past and future.
The brave children in Mrs. White's Toddler Class went on a bear hunt in WTW class as they read Michael Rosen's, We're Going on a Bear Hunt!
They made their way through a river, through squishy mud, through tall, wavy grass, and through a swirling, whirling snowstorm, to a dark cave.
Share the video below with your toddler for more details about this great adventure.
Yet another Bear Hunt if you are feeling brave...
After hearing about cave that the Preschool Class was creating, Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson sounded like a good pick.
In a cave in the woods,
in his deep, dark lair,
through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.
While bear sleeps, he is joined by a menagerie of woodland animals looking for some relief from the cold winter weather. His guests pop popcorn, brew some hot tea, and enjoy themselves in bear's cave as "bear snores on" and misses all the fun.
The children enthusiastically joined in on the recurring refrain, "The bear snores on," and eagerly shared stories of their fathers (who shall remain nameless) who possibly snore even louder than bear!!
This Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' house, nothing seems to go as planned. First the turkey slides down the ice-covered hill and into the pond. Then the bakery has no more pies to sell...In spite of all of the problems, this Thanksgiving at the Tappletons' is the best ever...
Will anybody have turkey for Thanksgiving dinner this year? Not if turkey has his way... Turkey decides that he will not be the main course at dinner if he doesn't look like a turkey. After many attempts at disguising himself as other animals, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise...
Grade 4 students listened to and discussed Books for Children of the World: The Story of Jella Lepman, written by Sydelle Pearl. This picture book tells the true story of Jella Lepman, a German Jew who spent World War II in England, writing for British and American newspapers. After the war, at the request of the U.S Army, Lepman returned to Germany as a cultural and educational advisor. Asked to determine the needs of the children in Germany, Lepman saw the children's desire for books. After much hard work, Lepman was able to organize the first international event held in postwar Germany, an exhibition of children's books donated from all over the world that originated in Munich and traveled throughout the country. In addition, she persuaded a German newspaper to print 30,000 copies of her own translation of The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, so she could distribute it to German children during the traveling book exhibit. In 1949, Jella Lepman founded the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany with the goal of promoting international and intercultural understanding.
If the war is really over, if one is to believe in peaceful coexistence, the first messengers of that peace will be these children's books. -Jella Lepman
After reading this book together, fourth grade students were able to connect it to the books that they had read in Language Arts, Number the Stars by Lowis Lowry and Extra Credit by Andrew Clements. They were also able to connect the metaphor of books as a bridge to peace and understanding to their previous discussions of bridges across cultures.