Poetry has been a central focus for most of the classes. We've discussed poetry, looked at where poetry is located in the library, and found new ways to create poetry. Sixth and fifth graders created Spine Label Poems. (Check them out below in the slideshow.) Students found book titles that resonated with them and used them to create a poem. Some are serious - some are humorous, but all the students enjoyed the process! Fourth graders are working on a poetry project for ending our Iditarod studies. They have brainstormed lists of words and the next steps will be to create special poems for the mushers we've followed. First and second graders made pockets for poems. Jack Prelutsky's When Tillie Ate the Chili became a performance piece for groups of 3rd graders.
Eighth graders experienced a Book Tasting event in the library. Ms. McCroskey and I have been collaborating on a suspense/horror unit with the students, and I wanted to introduce them to some of the selections in this genre in our library. Just like any food / beverage tasting event, students were given an opportunity to "dip into" a selection of books in this genre. They had five minutes to look at and review any book set out for tasting. They were asked to fill out a short questionnaire on each book regarding author, title, interest, and any other thoughts. Many of them asked to have their sheets back so they could check out the books they reviewed.
Just before break, I completed cataloging over 60 new books for our library. These were titles we were able to get as a result of a successful Usborne Book Fair. This represents about $1000.00 in books, which would be out of reach for our library without the benefits from book fairs that you parents and students support.
Book Spine Poetry (5th & 6th grades)
New books added