We have done so much here at the #AshleyLibrary during the month of October. Authors have stopped by in person and via Skype to speak with us about the writing process and the power of family and never giving up. We have also made our way through a HUGE number of learning standards this month.
The beginning of school has started off with a BANG! We have such a fantastic group of kiddos here at Ashley and I am honored to work with them on the daily. Here is just a glimpse of what went on in the library during the months of August and September.
If you would like to witness this greatness first hand - come on in! The Ashley Library is always in need of volunteers! Our greatest need is shelving, but volunteers also help repair books, help kiddos find books, work with groups during lessons, and so much more. Email me with any questions or email PTA to sign up!
I know, I know....I'm a librarian, so Summer Reading is supposed to be important to me! But it should definitely be important to you, too!
Did you know that over the summer, students can lose over 2 MONTHS of reading skills?! And don't get me started with the statistics about math (over 2 1/2 months lost). All the hard work students and teachers do during the year can be lost so quickly!
Here are just a few great ways to make sure that students are not losing information they worked so hard to achieve -
Do you need some guidance? Maybe some advice? Check out the Smore below! Ashley has some cool things happening during the Summer to encourage students to read as well as stay connected this summer!
The Smore will also include reading lists, area reading programs, and much more! Check it out!
Who says the library is only for checking out books?
Here in the #AshleyLibrary the Third Grade team and I worked together to create a learning experience that would help each of our students learn more about Characters and their traits, feelings, and changes. Students read Emily's Blue Period by Cathleen Daly and completed several stations. Each station asked students to reflect on the text and look carefully at a character's feelings.
If you haven't read Emily's Blue Period - you really should! It was a 2X2 book last year and an all around fantastic read!
Our Fifth Grade Chat and Chew Book Club met for four weeks to read and discuss Megan Jean Sovern's The Meaning of Maggie. This was our very first Chat and Chew and I couldn't have been prouder of our Ashley readers!
Our first meeting was spent watching the trailer and setting up a reading schedule that would work with our time frame. After that, they all came prepared and were ready to get going at each lunchtime meeting! By our third meeting, they were ready to take over as moderators and came with their own prepared questions. I think they got the swing of this book club thing. We were so into it we extended our book club one more week so we could complete our Book Cover Art activity - The Meaning of Me!
Second Grade has been working hard to review the value of coins in Math and learn how to describe the physical properties of objects in Science. So here in the library we have put those two things together!
During their weekly library time, each second grade class came in to grow a Money Tree! Coins were placed in dishes at the middle of each table and students were given blank trees. One at a time, students were asked to find a specific coin from the dish and complete a rubbing of that coin on their empty tree. The rubbed coin would make a leaf! We discussed both the coins value and the physical properties of the coin!
Kiddos did such a great job identifying the coins and remembering the values assigned. We also identified several new ways to think about our coins (the quarter is the roughest of all, the nickel has the deepest edges, etc). They each left with a tree full of coin rubbings and a new understanding of how each coin differed and how Science and Math could relate!
I know, I know - "Mrs. Whittaker, September is OVER!"
Things have been so fast and fun around here I forgot to post our Stats for September. So here goes!
Students in our Ashley Library have been working hard on reviewing and learning Parts of a Book and how those parts effect us as readers! The last few weeks have been a journey - Whew! We have traveled from exploring the physical parts of the book with Kinder to finding books independently on the shelves using the Call Numbers with Second.
Creating our own book allowed students to not only review the parts of a book they were already familiar with, but also see the process of creating those parts in action. During the creation process, students were introduced to new parts and were immediately able to put their own creative spin on how those should look in a book. My favorite was seeing Ashley students think through their own past reading experiences and ask to learn about parts of books we weren't planning on touching that day - what enthusiastic kiddos I get to hang out with each day!
Second Grade has really been working hard to prepare for Call Numbers and searching independently for specific books. On a normal basis, students browse for interesting titles or ask for help/direction when looking for a particular book or author. After a while, most have the library memorized for favorites! The last few weeks, however, Second Grade has been learning the purpose and structure of Spine Labels and Call Numbers. Last week, they searched the shelves independently for a specific Call Number and did great!
It's been a crazy week here in the Ashley Library!
It all started with Kindergarten Checkout! This is truly one of my favorite things about the start of school - watching each kiddo choose their first book to take home with them. Some know their book immediately; snatching it up in a hug and squealing variations of "I want this one!", like they've just seen an old friend for the first time in years. Others are more cautious. They take their time and really look for a book that speaks to them.
The rest of our weekly kiddos sat down to remember their library numbers! We value independence and problem solving here in the Ashley Library.
Self Check In and Out is the first thing we learn how to do as a library patron and our library number is key. We also get to talk about personal information, information safety, and different parts of the computer! It's a really fun day!
I can't believe it has been a whole summer!
We kicked off the first week of school with some pretty stellar Eclipse viewing and kept the ball rolling with 3-5 grade library orientation!
I reunited with each class (and it felt so good) to discuss library expectations, procedures, and set some personal library goals. We couldn't do that in just any 'ole way here in the Ashley Library though, so we busted out our favorite resource - FlipGrid!
Students were asked to respond to one or all of the topics at hand, depending on their grade level, with a video of their own making.
I was so proud of how much our kiddos remembered about library procedures! They were ready to check out materials after that quick and exciting review. They were also pumped because they had just set themselves a goal for the year. **I've seen the videos - some of those goals are quite awesome and very lofty**
Mrs. Whittaker is the librarian at Ashley Elementary. She loves to read, dance, and play with her puggle, Maxwell!