Learn about the salt lake city public libraries summer reading program!! and events! and more!!........
This week students were treated to a special guest, Mrs. Sharon Robinson from the Sweet Branch Public Library. She read the students a hilarious story, talked to them about what the public library has to offer (that the school library doesn't, like videos and more!), summer events, and especially the Summer Reading Program. All students will be given a summer reading tracker in a couple of week to take home! It all starts May 30, so get ready!!
Here are some links to help you get started....
Events at the Public Library Searchable Calender
The Summer Reading Kick off Party
More information on the Summer Reading Challenge
Mystery Seed research project
Part 1 Dream Garden
This dream garden display is sort of part 1 of a mini research unit I do with the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes, that as a whole project I like to call the Mystery seed project. We read Jack and the Beanstalk, then brainstorm what it would take to actually grow a mystery seed, like Jack's magical beans. In this introduction lesson we talked about other magical things that planting can result in, besides beanstalks. We read the book My Garden by Kevin Henkes then we created these dream garden. Some of the students drew candy trees, money trees, and cat trees (which resulted in a discussion that we can't bury a cat to grow the tree).
Part 2 What you need to grow a mystery seed
To find out if students knew what it took to make a seed grow, we read Ms. Spitzers Garden by Edith Pattou and brainstormed. Then each student created their own 'ingredients' for success list. Next Week, each student will get a mystery seed, soil, water, and they will use tools to plant it, then take it home, where they will have to offer it sunshine, watch over it, and water it. Then they may be able to find out what their mystery seed is!
Catch a classic and read it!
Teachers frequently do a unit on the 'Classics' or require it as part of a genre challenge. Now they are all on their own display, making them easier to access and enjoy. I editions at multiple reading levels and all the favorites, so come on over and Catch a Classic!
The butterflies a the top of the display are kind of hard to see, so here they are in the school garden. I am dubbing them book butterflies and I would love a whole bouquet of them!
text message re-tellings of classic fairytales....what is going on?
Forms of Communication.
In today’s world we communicate by speaking in person, with letters, with phones: voice and text, by computers: chat, facebook, email, and more. There are more ways to communicate and each new form of communication has its challenges and pitfalls.
Who were are trying to communicate with.
Communication styles are different depending on one’s audience. We might speak formally with a teacher while choosing to using slang when speaking with a friend. Are we emailing someone we know or someone we don’t? There are many decisions to make when communicating.
What is normal for each form of communication and how does it change according to your audience?
Norms influence choices for vocabulary, slang, sentence structure, spelling, grammar, punctuation, tone, use of acronyms, use of emoticons etc.
Mistakes can lead to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, confusion and much more. Careful consideration of audience is a must!
STUDENTS HAD TO CONSIDER:
-Who was texting whom? (Audience)
-Should they use Acronyms?
-Should they use Emoticons?
-When was it ok to use slang?
-How could they make their message clear?
-What happened if their message was confusing for their audience?
-How is communicating through technology different than in person?
little red riding hood
beauty and the beast
star light, star bright: stories about the Night sky
It was a great night at the Ensign Library last Friday April 24. Ensign Families came out for the event in the greatest numbers this yearly event has recorded!
The evening started out with a few stories about the Night Sky: How many Stars in the Sky by Lenny Holt and Mousetronaut by Mark Kelley. Then viewers were entranced by a Space themed puppet play by Coralee Leue of the Utah Puppet Players. More storytelling followed with legends and folktales about the moon from the book Moontellers by Lynn Moroney. Also we darkened the lights for a flashlight story of the origins of the most popular Constellations. Everyone got the chance to do astronomy themed crafts with our great PE instructor Ms. Bernadine. Families got to enjoy hot chocolate and space themed cookies, created by Just-Iced Cookies, a cookie company owned by a Ensign parent. Kim from the local public library came up to give out free books and promote public library events. Everyone got a chance to check out some amazing telescopes provided by parent George Robison. It was a fantastic evening! I am looking forward to next year!
A special thank you to.....
THE ENSIGN PTA!!!
Did you know the Ensign PTA funds the entire Night at the Ensign Library! They also help to gather and organize volunteers for the event! THANK YOU SO MUCH for helping me to give back to our Ensign Families and to promote literacy.
Thank you to Eric Jergensen for helping me to brainstorm all year!
Thank you to George Robison for bringing in his amazing telescopes.
Thank you to Beth Weekley, Lance Weekley for helping to set up the library for the event.
Thank you to Linda Scholl, Mr. Schreiter, Cade, Ms.Atanackovic for helping with the hot chocolate and cookies.
THE SLCPL SWEET BRANCH MANAGER
Kim Christofferson came up from the Sweet Branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library System. She handed out free books, bookmarks, library event handouts, and more. Thank you!!! I love having a direct line between the public library and the school library!
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