Monday, October 20, 2014

Books of the Week, Oct 20

Elementary - You wouldn't want to be a medieval knight! by Fiona MacDonald


Middle School - Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed by Priscilla Galloway


High School - What Life Was Like in the Age of Chivalry

Friday, October 17, 2014

Middle School Book Fair, Oct 20-24

We are book fairing it up here at the middle school next week. The book fair will have tons of great books for our 5th-8th grade readers, plus fun school supplies to make them smile through the day.

When are we open?
Oct 20-24, open all school day.
Oct 21, open during the middle school concerts, 3:30-8pm. Stop by the library!
SHOP ONLINE -- You can shop online from Oct 15 - Nov 4 by clicking HERE.

What books will be there?
You can watch a 16 minute video highlighting some of the books at the fair. The video can be found HERE.

Are there any student contests going on?
Yep! We are holding a coloring contest, and one winner from each grade level will win $25 to spend at the fair. We are also sponsoring locker lottery, where a random winner from each grade level is chosen each day of the week and receives $10 to spend at the fair.

What about classroom teachers? Are they getting books for their classrooms?
Absolutely! Classroom teachers will have the opportunity to choose books on Monday and Tuesday that parents can then purchase for them Tuesday evening before or after the concerts. Profits from the book fair will be used to purchase the remaining books for teachers.

Where do the profits go?
Profits from the fair are used to purchase books for classroom libraries as well as the school library. Some money is also put in a school account to pay for library prizes and events.

If you have other questions about the book fair, please contact me (Amanda Olson) via email or calling the middle school. DFTBA!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Books of the Week, Oct 13

High School - The Center of the Universe: Yep, That Would Be Me by Anita Liberty 


Middle School - Artsy-Fartsy by Karla Oceanak


Elementary - Amelia's Notebook by Marissa Moss

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fiction vs Non-Fiction (Informational)

There has been lots of talk in the education world about teaching more non-fiction (informational) texts. But what is non-fiction (informational) text vs fiction texts? How would you explain it to students? I found this great graphic from "My Adventures Teaching Junior High English" that explains it all.


Now why is there the push to teach more non-fiction (informational) text? The Common Core Standards, which SCC has adopted, says that by 4th grade students should be reading about 50% and by 12th grade they should be reading 70% non-fiction (informational) texts during class to gain information and practice those strategies for reading factual texts.

Now you may have noticed that I have been using "non-fiction (informational)" during this whole post. That is the difference between English-language arts (ELA) world and Library Land. In ELA they say informational text. But in Library Land we use non-fiction. They are one and the same, unless you are getting super picky.

Hopefully that brought back some of your elementary library class lessons and shed some light on the current hot topic. DFTBA!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Books of the Week, Oct 6th

Elementary - The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale -- Eric Haskins feels like everyone is picking on him, but when he discovers a conspiracy theory about a bully book that reveals a framework for gaining power in the school by turning everyone against one kid known as a grunt, Eric finds himself on the trail of huge secrets at Arborland Elementary School.

Middle School - Bullyville by Francine Prose -- After the death of his estranged father in the World Trade Center on September 11th, thirteen-year-old Bart, still struggling with feelings of guilt, sorrow and loss, wins a scholarship to the local preparatory school and encounters a vicious bully whose cruelty compounds the aftermath of the tragedy.

High School - Vicious: True Stories by Teens about Bullying by Hope Vanderberg -- Essays by teens address bullying: physical, verbal, relational, and cyber. These stories will appeal to readers because the cruelty and hurt are unmistakably real--and the reactions of the writers are sometimes cringe-worthy, often admirable, and always believable.

Friday, October 3, 2014

October is Bullying Prevention Month

No matter what age, we have all experienced bullying. We may have been the person who was bullied, being called names or pushed around. We may have been a witness to bullying, as we walk down the hallway or check out social media. Or we may have been the the person who bullied, making an unthinking comment or being intentionally cruel. No matter what or role was, bullying is not okay.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, where we focus on how much bullying can impact an individuals personality and self-esteem. We also focus on other ways we can express ourselves without tearing others down.

Cyber bullying is a growing issue among children and teenagers today. Any technology device can be used to harass and put down others. From social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, to photo messaging sites like Snap Chat and Instagram, to instant (text) messaging and email, plus online gaming, there are hundreds of ways technology can be used to create and spread negative comments.

There are a few things we can do to prevent and deal with cyber bullying:
  1. Be aware of what your children or doing on ANY technology device (computer, phone, tablet, game console)
  2. As parents, establish some rules and guidelines about technology use: when can they use it, who can they talk to, what sorts of things should and shouldn't they be doing online.
  3. Students: Share your passwords with your parents. This will help you stay safe.
  4. TALK! Talk about what is going on online and how to make good choices about online behavior.
If you'd like more information about Anti-Bullying Month or cyber bullying, visit the links below.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Books of the Week, Sept 29

Elementary -  Welcome to Trucktown! by Jon Scieszka
Middle School - How it Works: Cars, Trucks & Bikes by Steve
High School - Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry