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5th Grade: Experiencing Ellis Island

Our 5th grade recently recreated the experiences of immigrants who came through Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century.

February 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mock Election 2016

And the winner is….

November 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Magician’s Hat!

Yesterday morning, thanks to a partnership between Read with Malcolm and Books For Keeps, ALL 90 our first grade students received their very own copies of Malcolm Mitchell’s book The Magician’s Hat!

May 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Veterans Day

When we talk about Veterans Day in the library, we focus not on war or violence or politics, but on people–people with families, people with feelings, people with difficult jobs that require determination and patriotism and bravery beyond anything I can imagine.

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

It’s not a box! (And it’s definitely not JUST a book, either.)

The poems in this post will make you want to sit in a box and read a book. (Or sit in a rocket ship and enjoy a magical adventure!)

May 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade – Exploring our many colored feelings using our 5 senses

For this poetry activity, our youngest students had the opportunity to turn the abstract concept of emotions into something concrete and tangible by using colors and their five senses to describe a feeling.

April 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

2nd grade odes to common things, inspired by Pablo Neruda

2nd grade students read the picture book biography Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People, then examined snippets of poems from his book Odes to Common Things, and finally wrote their own odes to common things using a variety of household objects.

April 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

4th Grade Poetry Inspired by William Carlos Williams

Our 4th grade students wrote their own imagist poems inspired by William Carlos Williams’ “The Red Wheelbarrow” and “The Great Figure,” and they also got a kick out of crafting insincere apologies based on Williams’ “This is Just to Say.”

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Kicking off National Poetry Month with 1st grade’s acrostic poems

Last week, our 1st grade classes wrote their first poems of the season with the help of ReadWriteThink’s acrostic poem generator (and some organizational assistance from Padlet.com).

April 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Ms. Tobie visits kindergarten: Too many tamales (or maybe just enough!)

If the kids’ excitement about this lesson was any indication, I’d say Ms. Tobie’s second visit was a smashing success, full of sensory experiences–seeing the ingredients and the story’s illustrations; hearing seeds shaking in the dried chiles; feeling the papery corn husks, leathery chiles, and sticky masa dough; and of course getting to smell and taste those steaming, spicy tamales for themselves.

March 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

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