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It is the mission of the Methacton Library Information Department to guarantee that students and staff have access to and are effective users of ideas and information and to promote life-long learning.
October found students in grades 1-4 continuing learning about the Daily 5 options by working on Read to Someone and Listen to Reading. When reading to someone students learned how to sit EEKK style and how to be a reading coach when the listening to their partner. Children learned how to use the Read to Me features found in the iPad apps EPIC and News-o-matic as part of their Listen to Reading option. The EPIC app has thousands of free books many of which read aloud to children. The News-o-matic app is a current events app specifically written for children. All news stories are appropriate for elementary students. Ask your child to tell you more about how the Daily 5 works in the library.
The Dewey Decimal system was reviewed with grades 2-4 this month. Knowing the 10 Dewey Categories really help the kids find books on topics they enjoy in our large nonfiction collection. Second graders enjoyed creating and displaying their Dewey Ducks around our Nonfiction section.
Students in all grades (K-4) reviewed how to be safe, respectful, and responsible when using technology at school through our lesson highlighting the Responsible Use Agreement. Every class also viewed the district RUA video in library.
First grade had an introduction on the parts of a book. We will continue to highlight different parts of a book throughout the school year. First Graders also had fun exploring the library during our scavenger hunt.
Besides the Dewey Ducks lessons, second graders also learned the importance of alphabetical order in the library. There will be more lessons on this during our Daily 5 Word Work option later in the school year.
Third graders began a series of lessons reviewing parts of a nonfiction text and how to find information when using the table of contents, glossary, index and graphs.
Fourth graders started exploring different literary genres through the fun book, Joe Bright and the Seven Genre Dudes. Throughout the school year will have lessons that will highlight a particular genre such as historical fiction and mystery.
Our smallest library users, continued to enjoy storytime themes that included: Fall, Fire Prevention Month, and Halloween. The kinders are also working on being able to check out books all by themselves just like the bid kids!
We had a great start to our school year here in the library! All grades levels reviewed the importance of book care and manners in the library. The children were excited to be able to check out books again!
We celebrated International Dot Day in the library the week of September 14-18. International Dot Day is a day inspired by the book , The Dot, by Peter Reynolds which encourages every child to celebrate their creativity by making their mark. First and Second graders enjoyed creating their dots using the iPad app Doodle Buddy and sharing them with the class. Third grade students read Peter Reynolds' sequel, -ish, which celebrates the artist in every child. Third graders created -ish drawings using the iPad app Doodle Buddy.
We're excited to continue using the Daily 5 program in the library that we started last year. The Daily 5 helps support literacy, fluency, and literature appreciation through: 1) Read to Self; 2)Read to Someone; 3) Listen to Reading; 4)Word Work; 5)and Writing. Children in first through fourth grades started working on Read to Self and how to pick a just right book for them.
Kindergarten children enjoyed visiting our library for the first time and being able to select a book that matches our weekly theme. Themes so far have included Book-to-School, ABC books, and Counting books. They're off to a great start!
We're looking forward to a great school year!