Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcome back!

I am so excited to start a new school year and I can't wait to hear about what you've been reading!

As you know, one of my favorite things about summer is having lots of time for reading... here are some of my recent favorites that you can find in our library:

Finally, book #2 is here!

I shared this one with some students at the Totman a few weeks ago and we all agreed that it is marvelous!

Ice cream and summer... how can I not love a book about those things?

My favorite MSBA this year!  Who wants to join me on Fridays to read this during lunch??

This is a great new series! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer = Reading!

Summertime means lots of time for reading!  I hope that you all enjoy some amazing books and that you read each and every day.  I also hope that many of you take advantage of all the great events going on at the Totman Library.  I can't wait to hear about all that you've read!

Here are some summer reading resources:

The RSU1 Suggested Summer Reading List

The Summer Reading Book Bingo Board (in case you've lost your copy)

Please come see us at the Totman Library!

Monday, June 1, 2015

4th Grade Research

4th graders, here are some links to help you with your research.  As always, please start with MARVEL.

Maine Secretary of State Kids' Page
Wikimedia Commons
Everystock Photo
Library of Congress (make sure you click "Photos, Prints, Drawings")

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Paul Janeczko Visit

What an AMAZING day we had with Paul Janeczko!  It was so incredible to see and hear our library and school overflowing with poetry.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

5th Grade Persuasive Writing

Here are some resources that might help you with your persuasive writing:

Hats in School
Tinker Vs. Des Moines
How does this supreme court case relate to wearing a hat in school?

Art Education
The Importance of Art in Child Development
Why Art Education is Crucial

Cell Phones in School
Two Approaches to Cell Phones in Schools (see links at the end of this article)

Salad Bars in Schools
Salad Bars Increase Participation in School Lunch Program

Desks Vs. Chairs
Five Health Benefits of Standing Desks

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Concrete Poetry

After exploring the wonderful poems in A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems, can you create your own concrete poem either online or on paper?

Friday, April 10, 2015

HIstorical Fiction Research

4th graders, you are off and running with your historical fiction research!

Here are your presentation templates:
Hurricane Katrina
September 11th
Example Template

AFTER you have found your information and added a bibliographic citation, you can search for an image to include on your slide.  Make sure you copy the link for the page where you found the image and paste it into the image citation slide.

We are going to use only the following sites for finding our images:
Wikimedia Commons
Everystock Photo
Library of Congress (make sure you click "Photos, Prints, Drawings")

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April is National Poetry Month

As you know, I love poetry!  We are so lucky this year because we are going to get a visit from Paul Janeczko in early May.  Before he comes, we will explore his books!

In A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms, we got to read many different kinds of poems.  Pick one type of poetry and create your own in the comment sections here. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Congratulations Battle of the Book participants!

What an amazing and special evening we had at PES!  I was so proud of each and every one of our PES Battle of the Books participants - way to go readers!