Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Virtual Field Trip to South Africa

4th graders visited SANCCOB, the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Seabirds and it was amazing!  Prior to the visit we did some research on African penguins:

And then we got to meet Steve, a South African penguin living at SANCCOB:

Monday, October 10, 2016


5th graders, the setting of Pax is very vividly described by Sara Pennypacker.  After reading together in our Outdoor Classroom, how would you compare the forest setting of Pax with our own forest?

We are going to make a Venn Diagram together to compare the two.

from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/books/review/pax-by-sara-pennypacker.html

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Global Read Aloud

5th graders, I am so thrilled that we are taking part in the Global Read Aloud again this year.  As you'll soon see, Pax is an amazing, thought-provoking book.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

After you've made your prediction, please log in to ReadWrite and introduce yourself to the GRA#16 Pax group. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Factual vs. Interpretive Questions

4th and 5th graders, as you read books in preparation for the Battle of the Books (and just in general) you can be thinking about creating some questions about what you've read.

Please take a moment to think about Growing Up Pedro and then complete this form:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

So, What is all this talk about a Battle?

4th graders, you've heard lots about the Battle of the Books, and today you're finally going to have all your questions answered!  Although the Battle is not until April, it is never too soon to start preparing.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Welcome 4th graders!

4th graders, I am so excited for our year together! Please take a moment to think about these questions and then reply by clicking on "no comments":

  1. One thing you are excited about this year
  2. One thing you'd like to do in library this year (or one book you'd like to read)
  3. One thing you're nervous about
  4. One goal you have for the year

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Welcome Back!

I hope you all had amazing summers and feel excited for the new year.  I sure do!  My summer was full of time with friends, family, and GREAT BOOKS!  I am looking forward to hearing about what you read this summer and what your hopes are for this year.


After you put a sticky note on our Padlet, please click on "No comments" and reply to these questions:
1. What is your hope for this year?
2. What are you excited to read this year?

Monday, June 13, 2016

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 on Wednesdays at 10:30am: