December in the Library
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In Kindergarten, we have learned about folktales (old stories, from many countries, passed down) comparing and contrasting different versions of The Gingerbread Man. We learned that all of the versions of The Gingerbread Man are cumulative tales - meaning that a part of the story repeats. Tales we read include The Gingerbread Boy, The Gingerbread Girl, Catch that Cookie, and Gingerbread Friends. Kindergarten students may check out one item each week.
First graders continue to look very closely at the differences between fiction and nonfiction books. We have noted the different nonfiction text features. We worked on a handout determining if a book would be fiction or nonfiction based on the title, and have investigated fiction and nonfiction books with the same subject, to see if we could tell the difference. * First graders can take out one item each week. *Ms. Mello and Ms. Comers' classes
Second graders have learned about the parts of a story. We have discussed character, setting, problem and solution. Second graders may take two items each week.
Third graders have been reviewing genres. Each week, we read a picture book in a various genre (mystery, realistic fiction, etc.) and then review chapter book titles representing each genre. Third graders may take out three items.
Fourth graders have been focused on different elements of stories which help us understand stories. We have looked at point of view, cause and effect, theme, antagonist and protagonist. To help us understand these elements, we have read Fortunately, Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs, Melvin Bubble, Doug Unplugged and Doug Unplugged on the Farm and various folktales. Fourth graders may take out three items.
Fifth graders have begun their library research project. To get ready for research, we spent September and October discussing how to generate questions, the difference between thin and thick questions, primary sources, and appropriate web searching, and plagiarism. In November and December, students have been searching sources for information and will finalize their research project in January. Fifth graders may take out three items.
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