February in the Library
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In Kindergarten, We have learned where to find beginning chapter books, and compared and contrasted "Frog" and "Toad', from the Arnold Lobel books. For President's Day, we read a biography about a president, learning that a biography is a real story of a real person's life. And, we looked at a variety of nonfiction texts, noticing that we can learn a lot of information about topics we are interested in from these types of books.
First graders learned that in a biography, we can understand important details about real people: when they lived, what they did to make someone want to write a true book about them, and why they are/were important. We continue to focus on noticing the details of nonfiction texts, comparing and contrasting fiction and nonfiction books on the same topic . *Ms. Mello and Ms. Comers' classes
Second graders continue to focus on the parts of a story. We have defined story elements and have begun creating stories incorporating these elements.
Third graders have been reviewing reference tools: dicitonary, encyclopedia, atlas and thesaurus.
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. We have begun chapter book read alouds in each class, identifying the different elements we discussed during the first half of the school year. Ms. Biggs class is reading The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Ms. Foley's class is reading The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail, Ms. Postma's class is reading Remarkable, and Ms. Scarpulla's class is reading Crenshaw.
Fifth graders have finished their research projects and have been presenting their research to each other - and other fifth grade classes - during their library period.
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