This month I was reminded to reflect on all the wonderful things my students do each and every day. So many of my students are eager to learn and share what they are learning with siblings and grandparents.
Here is an update on the learning taking place in the library!
Kindergarten- In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we read Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson. This book was a wonderful way to learn about giving thanks, showing gratitude, and appreciating others. We talked about people and things we are grateful for.
The students have also been doing a fantastic job of memorizing and labeling the parts of a book. They love reminding each other that just like the spines in our bodies hold us together, a book has a spine that does the same thing!
First and Second Grade- We have been exploring the difference between fiction and nonfiction.
Students were given a stack of books and then had to determine which ones were fiction and which ones were nonfiction. They did a great job of using text features (table of contents, topic, and pictures) to be sure. They were really listening for evidence of understanding. The students and I also read two nonfiction books about cats, and then listed facts we had learned. We are cat experts!
Third Grade- Many authors have a message that they want to convey or have the reader understand. The students have been learning how to identify the three different types of author's purpose. They were put into small groups and given a pile of books. They had to work together to sort the books into Persuade, Inform, or Entertain (PIE) categories.
The third graders have also continued to do an excellent job of retelling stories. They worked on retelling their favorite story and sharing it with the class.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving break! I am so grateful for the entire P.A. Shaw community, for the power of education, and having access to so much information.
Mrs. Keohane is the School Librarian at the P.A. Shaw. She loves hockey, going to the beach, and reading (obviously!)