Monday, February 8, 2016


4th graders, we are going to practice creating bibliographic citations for images and information today!

Learning targets:
I can explain why it is necessary to cite my sources.
I can create a citation for an image I found online.
I can create a citation for an article I found in MARVEL.

Your mission:
  • Choose an animal that you are interested in.
  • Use MARVEL's Britannica Online School Edition database to find an article about your animal.
  • Use Pixaby to find an image of your animal.
  • In Google Docs, write one sentence about your animal, insert your image, and create a bibliographic citation for the information and the image.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Piper's Class Dictionary

In Chapter 5 of Piper Green and the Fairy Tree, Piper's teacher, Ms. Arabella, asks her students to write definitions of themselves for their classroom dictionary.  What would you write for your dictionary entry? 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ellen Potter is coming to PES!

It is SO exciting that author Ellen Potter is coming to visit us on the last day of our One Book, One School celebration!  I can't wait to meet her and I know it will be a memorable experience for all of us.

Why do you think Piper wants to wear earmuffs to school? Do you think she will be allowed to wear them?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Citations, citations, citations!

5th graders, you are becoming expert citation writers!

Your task today: please find your Caldecott Award winning book on the shelves, and then post the proper bibliographic citation for that book in the comments here.

Once you've done that, you may challenge yourself with Citation Hangman.  Good luck!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Matchbox Diary

3rd graders, what did you choose for your matchbox diary?  Why did you choose that particular item?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Caldecott and Newbery Medal Announcement!

5th graders, after reading The Last Stop on Market Street, do you think it was a good choice for the Newbery Medal?  Why or why not?

Remember that the Newbery committee takes the following things into consideration:
  • Interpretation of the theme or concept
  • Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization
  • Development of a plot
  • Delineation of characters
  • Delineation of a setting
  • Appropriateness of style

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Caldecott is Coming!

2nd graders, as you know, the new Caldecott Medal winner will be announced on Monday (and I'll be there!  I can't wait to tell you all about it). 

Looking at past winners, please pick ONE of these questions to answer:
  • Why do you think The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend won the award last year?  What makes the illustrations worthy of a Caldecott?
  • Which book is your favorite past Caldecott winner?  Why? Please be specific!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Newbery Bibliography

5th graders, that exciting time of the year is coming again!  The Caldecott and Newbery Medals will be announced next Monday and I can't wait to hear who the winners are.

In preparation for the announcement, we're going to take a peek at some past winners and practice our bibliographic citation skills.

Can you write a proper citation for a past Newbery winner?

Monday, January 4, 2016

Mummy Cat

1st graders, in Mummy Cat by Marcus Ewert, we get a chance to see what hieroglyphics look like.  Pretty neat, right?

You can write your name in hieroglyphics!  CLICK HERE to check it out.

Sunday, January 3, 2016