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Each year, we celebrate National Poetry Month in April during Library classes.  This year, every student from kindergarten through the fifth grade read and wrote some form of poetry.

Third, fourth and fifth grade students created an iPoetry manual that taught and gave examples of various forms of poetry including: Cinquain, Sensory, Number, Haiku, Limerick, Alliteration, and Concrete.

Second grade students read the book, Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry  by Joyce Sidman.  They created Concrete rainbow poems, where each color of the rainbow contains words that are related to that color.

A concrete rainbow poem created by a second grade student during Poetry Month 2013 in the Library-Media Center.


First grade students listened to the story A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams and then created their own Freestyle poem that was a river filled with words.

Kindergarten students enjoyed listening to books about springtime and the month of April.  Then they created an Acrostic poem about April.  To do this, the kindergarten students brainstormed words about spring.  Then they each chose 5 cards from 5 different piles, each card beginning with one of the letters from the word, April.

Click on the images below to view enlarged examples of the poetry on display in the Library hallway during the month of April.



The 100th Day of School is quickly approaching!  Kindergarten and first grade students are making a list of “100 Reasons Why We Love Clifford the Big Red Dog” to celebrate this special occasion…and Clifford’s 50th birthday!

Kindergarten and first grade classes are celebrating Clifford the Big Red Dog’s 50th birthday this week!



Fifth grade students:

  • Login to the laptop under your name, not student-student.
  • Choose a famous scientist from the Famous Scientisits website.
  • Click on the links to learn more about the scientist you chose OR go to the Grolier Online database.
  • Write important facts about the scientist on the graphic organizer provided to you in class.
  • Be sure to cite your sources!
  • Some of the completed fact cards will be displayed on the “Story Laboratory” book fair bulletin board during the month of February.

The STORY LABORATORY book fair begins on February 20th!


The first grade students have been working toward reading all ten of the books on the 2012-2013 Virginia Readers’ Choice list.

The purpose of this Virginia State Reading Association program is…

To encourage young readers to become better acquainted with contemporary books with outstanding literary appeal, to broaden students’ awareness of literature as a life-long pleasure, to encourage reading aloud in classrooms as a means of introducing reading for pleasure, and to honor favorite books and their authors.

The first graders have truly been enjoying the titles we’ve read on this year’s list.  So far, they have participated in lessons about…

  • City Dog, Country Frog  by Mo Willems
  • Dinosaur Versus Bedtime  by Bob Shea
  • Blue Chameleon  by Emily Gravett
  • I Need My Monster  by Amanda Noll
  • Say Hello to Zorro  by Carter Goodrich
  • Immi’s Gift  by Karin Littlewood

Which book will be their favorite?  Only time will tell!

See below for a few activities that the first graders completed on these titles.  Be sure to ask your first grader to retell the story for you!

For the past few weeks, students have been researching to learn more about the incredible life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In honor of his accomplishments, students helped to create this bulletin board.  The bulletin board will be on display in the first grade hallway through the end of January.

January is my favorite month of the year!  Not only is it a chance for new beginnings, but also a chance to reflect back…especially on some amazing books!

Every January, the American Library Association selects one book to win one of the biggest book awards of the year – the Caldecott medal (not to mention some other amazing awards – I’ll blog on that later!).  This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott medal, which is an award given to the illustrator of the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

Lessons this week for students in Kindergarten, first and second grade will focus on learning more about this prestigious award.

This week, we’ve been reviewing how to use reference materials – specifically the thesaurus.

After listening to the holiday classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, students were given the task to rewrite the song!  They used a thesaurus to search for synonyms to specific words in the original song.

Click on the image below to view an example of a new version of this catchy song.  Can you locate the changes?

Book Character Day is nearly here!  To prepare for this special occasion, students have been learning about characters during library lessons for the past few weeks.

The kindergarten and first grade classes learned about the difference between a character and the main character in a story.  To illustrate how the main character is who the story is mostly about, we previewed the book Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse written by Kevin Henkes.


We kept tally marks for how often each character in the story appeared in the illustrations.  By the end of the story, it was obvious to the students that Lilly was definitely the main character!

After learning this information, we then read the story and talked about how to easily create a Lilly costume (or any other favorite book character costume) for our upcoming Book Character Day.  Then, students were given a copy of Lilly’s signature red boot and were asked to draw a picture to share something important about their character.