Monday, September 26, 2011


Second graders are enjoying the book Chewy Louie in the library this week during rotation time.  The story is about a rambunctios puppy who chews on EVERYTHING!  I shared these puppy chewing facts with the kids before we started reading...

Puppies lose their baby teeth (milk teeth) between the age of 4-6 months.  After their milk teeth fall out, their adult teeth immeditately take their place.

Puppies chew on things to help their gums feel better just like human babies do.

Puppies usually swallow their baby teeth when they fall out.

Dogs should have their teeth cleaned once a year just like their owners. 

Puppies do not have a tooth fairy.  (This tidbit came from the kids.)

After reading the story, we spoke about the elements of a story.  (Character, Setting, Events, Problem, and Solution.)  The students completed a librarian made worksheet to recall the things that happened in Chewy Louie.

Chewy Louie is a doggone cute story! 


Monday, September 19, 2011

Our second grade students have been busy in the library during rotation writing All About Me stories.  The first time they came to the library, they filled out an apple story map jotting down interesting things about themselves.  This story map was found in the August/September 2011 Mailbox Grade 2-3 Magazine. 


During their next visit to the library, second graders wrote stories about themselves referring back to their story maps. 


We then made a book for each class that they could surprise their teacher with and keep in their classrooms to read all year long. 


The second grade stories rocked and will be a great way for students to see how far they grow this school year. 



Monday, September 12, 2011


Author Kate Klise will be visiting our school on Wednesday, November 2nd.  Ms. Klise writes books with her sister Sarah who illustrates the titles.  Their books should be familiar to our students.  Dying to Meet You was a popular Bluebonnet title last year.  Grounded flew off the shelves after the older kids were introduced to it during a book talk.  We are looking forward to Ms. Klise's visit where she will introduce the writing process and teach us more about her awesome books. 

This week in the library, Mrs. Hobbie is reading Stand Straight, Ella Kate.  It's a historical fiction book that tells the story of a woman named Ella Kate Ewing who had a condition known as gigantism.  She grew to be over eight feet tall!

Ella Kate Ewing was born in 1872. She started out small, but she just kept on growing. Soon she was too tall for her desk at school, too tall for her bed at home, too tall to fit anywhere. Ella Kate was a real-life giant, but she refused to hide herself away. Instead, she used her unusual height to achieve her equally large dreams.
The masterful Klise sisters deliver a touching and inspiring true story about a strong-minded girl who finally embraced her differences. It's the perfect book for every child who has ever felt like an outsider.

Here are some pictures of the real Ella Kate.



Students at Allen will have the opportunity to purchase autographed copies of Kate Klise's books.  If interested, please fill out the order form below and return it to the library by October 6th. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Our wonderful kindergarten students have been learning about the importance of taking care of their library books.  Arthur's sister, Baby Kate, has shown us that we need to "baby our books".  Did you know that books are a lot like babies...minus the messy diapers, that is.  They both have to be treated with care.


Look at these kindergarteners hugging their books like babies!


This kindergarten cutie is doing the "bookie-lookie" while using a shelf marker to make sure he gets a just right book.

The Shelf Marker Song (to the tune of The Hokey Pokey)

You put your shelf marker in.
You take a book right out.
You look through the pages to see what it's about.
You do the bookie-lookie and you see if it's just right.
That's what it's all about!




Thursday, September 1, 2011

The kindergarten to second grade students are excited about receiving their 2x2 list to color in as they read these great books.  In the library this week, they heard Rubia and the Three Osos.  This is a nice retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears--combining Spanish and English words. The revised ending has a good message about making up for your mistakes. 

Because some of the kids had never heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, I introduced each class with this simple version before reading Rubia and the Three Osos.


The students enjoyed learning Spanish words that they were unfamiliar with, so I told them about some great foreign language books in the Allen Library that they can check out like the one below.

We thought Rubio and the Three Osos was FABULOSO!

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