Wednesday, December 14, 2011

You've just gotta love Splat.  K-2nd grade students are enjoying his Christmas book this week in the library.  It's a great one for predicting, but you'll have to wait until the end of the story to find out why. 

It's the night before Christmas, and Splat wonders if he's been a good enough cat this year to deserve a really big present. Just to make sure, he offers some last-minute help to his mom and, in typical Splat fashion, he messes up completely! That night Splat stays awake hoping to see Santa Claus. But when Splat misses him, he's sure his Christmas is ruined—along with his hopes for a really big present. . . .

Everyone's favorite furry cat is back in a Christmas story perfect for any child anxiously awaiting Santa's arrival.  E SCO

Thursday, December 8, 2011

For second grade rotation, the students have been researching a state in the U.S.  Before starting, they were reacquainted to the different parts of a non-fiction book that make researching so much easier:  the table of contents, glossary, and index. 

Each one of them has a booklet that they are working in.  I got the pages for it in this teacher resource that I purchased from Mardel's.

Look at all the things the kids are learning about their state:  the state's capital, natural resources, location in the U.S., the state's nickname, when it was added to the Union, the population, state flower, state bird, state motto, what their state is famous for, famous people who come from their state, landforms, why their state is famous historically, and reasons to visit that state.  WOW!  That is a whole lot of new knowledge.. 

We've been using this set of books for students to gather information from.  They are perfect for second graders.  

Learning about states is fun! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Can you believe that in a little more than a month, the kids in grades 3-5 will be voting for their favorite Bluebonnet books?  This week in the library, I'll be talking those titles up again to hopefully give our students a little nudge toward the finish line. 

In particular, I'll be reading Imogene's Last Stand.  It's a story about a young girl who works hard to save the Historical Society Building in her small town.  Before reading the story, I'll tell the students about how helpful a lady was who worked in the historical museum in a very small town called Herington, Kansas.  This summer, I contacted her while doing some family research trying to find out information about my grandfather who pastored in that community in the early 1900's.  She was so kind to send me a newspaper article that spoke of him.  I hope my little self to text story will help students appreciate the importance of preserving history.

  Meet Imogene, a plucky heroine with a passion for history.As a baby, Imogene's first words were “Four score and seven years ago.” In preschool, she fingerpainted a map of the Oregon Trail. So it’s not surprising that when the mayor wants to tear down the long-neglected Liddleton Historical Society to make room for a shoelace factory, Imogene is desperate to convince the town how important its history is. But even though she rides through the streets in her Paul Revere costume shouting, “The bulldozers are coming, the bulldozers are coming!” the townspeople won’t budge. What’s a history-loving kid to do?

Filled with quotes from history’s biggest players—not to mention mini-bios on the endpapers—and lots of humor, here’s the perfect book for budding historians.  (Review taken from

Friday, December 2, 2011

Rachel’s twirling streamers Daddy blows up blue balloons
Mommy sizzles latkes as she hums a Hanukkah tune.

It's Hanukkah! It's a time to celebrate family and enjoy festive traditions. As Rachel and her parents prepare the house, grandparents, cousins, and friends travel from near and far to sing and tell stories. Together, they will light candles, play games, and eat scrumptious holiday foods... and, of course, dance the Hanukkah Hop. The stamping, the hopping, and the bim-bim-bopping is sure to go on all night!

Erica Silverman's lively, rollicking text is sure to inspire every member of the family in celebrating the Festival of Lights! (Review taken from