Archive for December 2013

Winter break begins in a little more than an hour from now.  I’m proud to say that many of the students participating in the Reading Olympics program have been stopping by the Library the past few days to make sure they have books to read during the two week break from school.

So far, students on our Reading Olympics teams have collectively earned 2204.2 points in the Accelerated Reader program this year!  That is AMAZING!  I am so proud of their hard work and dedication to Reading Olympics.

RO meetings will continue on Wednesdays from 2:30-3 PM once we return to school in January.

Have a wonderful winter break and keep reading, dearest Olympians!

This week, students were treated to a read-aloud of my new favorite holiday title, An Otis Christmas by Loren Long.

Otis is excited about the expected arrival of a new foal and his first Christmas gift – a new horn!

On December 13th, Tom Wilcox from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, visited with the No Girls Allowed Book Club.

Mr. Wilcox shared stories about his past experiences working as a marine biologist and his present career working with Virginia wildlife.  He also gave the boys tips on how to photograph the wildlife in their own backyards.

Mr. Wilcox spoke with the boys about the importance of reading and writing in order to be successful in life.

As a special treat, Mr. Wilcox presented every member of the Book Club with a FREE copy of Virginia Wildlife magazine!  He also gave me some copies of Virginia Wildlife‘s 2014 calendar to give away as prizes at our next Book Club meeting!

After the presentation, Mr. Wilcox gave the boys an opportunity to ask questions and get some hands-on time with some local snakes!

Thank you to Tom Wilcox and the editors at Virginia Wildlife magazine for encouraging our young men to take an interest in reading through learning about our local wildlife.  We are incredibly appreciative!

This week, students in grades 3-5 are beginning a unit to explore the science of snowflakes.

We are reading Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin to learn more about the life of Wilson Bentley.

After the story, we are watching a BrainPOP video that explains how snowflakes are formed.  Research about the science of snowflakes will continue during Library classes throughout December and January.


Click here to make your own virtual snowflake!

This week, students will be exploring two worlds in the book Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner.  This is one of the 10 titles on the primary 2013-14 Virginia Readers’ Choice list.

In this story, students will learn about animals that live under the snow during the cold winter months.

This book comes highly recommended…

Messner packs much information into the serene wintry landscape, beautifully captured in Neal’s stunning retro-style illustrations. Calm, lovely and richly informative. ~New York Times

After students read the story, we will watch a National Geographic video clip about a fox searching for food beneath the snow.  Then we will begin a two-part art project to show what we learned.