As a child I used to watch The Wonderful World of Disney. I was always extra excited to see an episode featuring Winnie the Pooh. I loved the connection that Pooh bear had with Piglet, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Eeyore and especially his love for Christopher Robin. The true story behind the real Winnie is just as wonderful as the lovable Disney version. Ask your child about this delightful story by Lindsay Mattick. And, if you get a chance, your should read it yourself.
The Mark Twain Book Club
(This EXCLUSIVE club is for 4th grade students ONLY!)
WARNING!!! There is one requirement.....You MUST attempt to read at least ONE Mark Twain Award Nominee book before the end of 4th grade!
Oh yeah, and be ready to have some fun with books!
Mark Twain Award Nominee List for 2016-2107
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler
Rain Reign by Ann M Martin
Pennyroyal Academy by M.A.Larson
All Four Stary by Tara Dairman
A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi-Winget
Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
Loot: How to Steal a Fortune by Jude Watson
Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas
The Missing Pieces of Me by Jean Van Leeuwen
All of these books can be found at the Springfield Greene Co. Library.
Who: Willard East Fourth Grade Students
What: Reading for Fun! Focus will be on the Missouri Mark Twain Award Nominee Books for 2016-2017. Meet over the summer and have lunch dates during the school year.
Where: Willard East Library
Summer Meeting: Tuesday, July 12 (9:00 - 11:00 am)
School Meetings: Once a month during lunch (you will get to eat your lunch in the library)
Why: Because Reading Is Awesome but talking about what we’ve read makes it even better!
A Few Extra Details:
You don’t have to attend every meeting.
You may read the books independently by yourself, or listen to someone else read the book or a combination of both. (the last one is often my favorite)
You may read one or all of the Mark Twain Award nominee books. It is up to you. If you read 4 of the books from the list, you will be invited to vote for the Missouri Association of School Librarians Mark Twain Award. If you read 5 or more of the books from the list, you will be part of the Book Club Hall of Fame and have your picture on display outside the library. If you read all of the award nominee books we will have a special luncheon to celebrate!
You can also be part of our club. We need reading mentors like you!
You too can meet the above requirements of 4 books = a vote for the MASL Mark Twain award and 5 books = your picture in the award hall of fame.
If you read at least three of the books aloud to your class then lunch one day is on me! (you can choose any of the 2016/2017 award nominee books)
If you are interested in being a reading mentor, let me know. We can pair you with a student or students who are interested in reading the same books from the list as you. :)
Please let me know if you have ANY questions. I can’t wait to get started! (actually, I’ve already started with Zane and the Hurricane) --Mrs. Hillenburg
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Each STEM club starts with a team challenge. This week students were challenged to create a cup tower without touching the cups with their hands. They were given a rubber band with yarn tied to the sides. Each team had their own unique strategy to stack the cups but in the end everyone was a winner!
Lego Movie Maker app was the tool used this week to finish our 2 day challenge to create a stop motion animation film. Students used the Lego set that they created last week to act out the plot they created. Editing, film speed, music, graphic and a steady hand helped to create some one of a kind movies. Great Job!
Our Willard East Library has had our very own fish for most of this school year. The students named him "Tiger" and he has lived a pretty normal quiet fish life. That is until Easter weekend. Students have used spiral writing notebooks to write notes and letters to Tiger throughout the year. Some have added pictures or poetry to Tiger's notebook as well. We returned from break to find that Tiger had been busy. He crafted his own letter back to the WEE students. It was a fun surprise for all of us! Thanks Tiger!
I'm so fortunate to have been asked again to help with 1st grade "genius hour". These ambitious students come to the library twice a week to research and learn more about a topic of their choice. This group wants to know more about ROBOTS. They have read books about robots, researched online about robots and then decided that they really wanted to try to MAKE a robot. Along with the battery powered robots, they have also created a Google presentation about robots and are looking forward to sharing their information with their classes soon. I know we ALL learned a lot! (check back later for a look at their presentation)
Not your Grandma's or even your Mama's library!
(and so many amazing books!)
My personal favorite new library decoration is the 3 foot tall metal letters that appropriately say READ.
To accompany our new after school STEM club, we have our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics feature book shelf.
For the month of Valentines, we also featured books that had been "RED" lately.
You have to love this "Random Act of Kindness" from Mrs. O'Mealy's Kindergarten class! This just made my day!!
Week 2: Challenge: Use Legos to create a scenario with a plot. Use Lego Movie Maker app to create a stop animation video of the Lego story.
S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) Club started tonight in the Willard East library. 20 students from K-4th grades cooperated to master a variety of challenges. This group will meet for the next 6 weeks and use their team building skills to tackle missions related to astronomy, digital animation, construction, electricity and much more.
Fourth year librarian with a "few" years of classroom teaching under my belt.