Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dr. Seuss in the Library

To celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday, I invited special guests to read Dr. Seuss stories to Riverside students all day in the library. In addition to listening to Dr. Seuss stories, each student was given a 'happy birthday' cupcake, baked by Riverside faculty & staff. Guest readers included Gary Dilello from the Boys and Girls Club, Mrs. Flack (school nurse), Ms. Elizabeth Raphaelson of the Green Toad Bookstore, The Cat in the Hat, Sergeant Tim Pidgeon (State Trooper), Mrs. Maria Neer in her construction gear!, Mrs. Jayne Kelly (Bugbee school & former RS library aide), and the Riverside Action Hero! It was a great day!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Atlas & Map Skills

We are learning how to use an Atlas and investigate maps in the library! Students found  many interesting things while exploring the world.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dr. Seuss

In anticipation of celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday in the library, 5th grade students helped to decorate by re-designing or re-creating their favorite Dr. Seuss book cover. What talent!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kindergarten in the Computer Lab

Mrs. Lewicki's K students are learning how to log in to our computers with their own usernames and passwords. Students first learned all the parts of a computer (mouse, monitor, computer, keyboard) then learned how to click & double click. I now take a rotating group of Mrs. Lewicki's K students to the Computer Lab where we practice logging in and logging off. Students are also able to discover all the great educational ELA & math practice 'games' on and IXL math.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

This week during Kindergarten library we read the book Snowballs by Lois Ehlert, where snow-people are made with found objects collected by children. The Kindergarten classes created their own version of a snow-person with found objects from school. We used colorful buttons, wiggly eyes, paperclips, mosaic paper and yarn to create our own snow-people. We also practiced noticing special shapes, such as circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. If you visit school be sure to check out the bulletin boards by the library to find your child's very creative snow-person!

Monday, January 13, 2014

1st Grade Author of the Month

The First grade Author of the Month for January is Cynthia Rylant. While studying an Author of the Month, students learn all about the author from biography books or the author's website, they also read the author's books that are in the library and get to make their own author book. The Author of the Month for December was Jan Brett, and student's re-created Jan Brett's book called Gingerbread Baby. This month students will re-create the book When I Was Young in the Mountains.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

'December Holidays' Tree

During the month of December, 5th grade library students worked in pairs to research a country of their choice. Students learned what holidays or festivals are celebrated in their county during the month of December. Each pair made an iMovie about their country's celebrations and also decorated a library holiday tree. The silver spider webs are from the Ukraine, the hearts are from the Netherlands, and poinsettias from Mexico, the Jewish stars from Israel. Great job 5th graders!