Hacienda Heights International School Library Fall 2016

New Books with QR Codes: Students have been introduced to books with QR codes on them. They know how to download these books onto their devices. Students have been scanning books ever since the start of school! The best part is that they don't need internet access to read the books at home, since the books are saved as a PDF. It's been a hit!

Bluebonnet Book Trailers: Students were introduced to the this year's Bluebonnet books by scanning QR Codes in order to watch the trailers. The excitement to checkout the books has been great!

Happy Birthday Author: Students are invited to come in at lunch recess to read at least 5 books from the birthday author that we celebrate that month. Students receive a prize when they read 5 books and tell me which one was their favorite. The authors we have celebrated this semester include Jon Scieszka, Steven Kellogg, Kevin Henkes, and Eve Bunting .

Reading Buddies: Students pick their reading buddy after they check out their books and start to read aloud to them. Students are doing a better job at picking books that are just right for them, so they can read them to their buddy. Students are excited about this new activity!

Pirate Theme Book Fair: Ahoy Matey! This fall 636 books were sold and are now in the homes of our students or in their classroom. This year the 5th and 6th graders helped the Kinder and 1st grade students write their wish list. Aarrah!

Family Literacy Night: The theme of this year's literacy night was knowing the benefits of reading at least 20 minutes each day. Families then selected books and read together. Not only was it beautiful to see families reading together, they also worked on creating a turkey together.

SHELFie: Students took shelfies after they found books using the online catalog for a scavenger hunt challenge. The students were engaged as they learned important library skills.

Halloween STEM in the library: During lunch recess students came into the library to do a pumpkin challenge using pumpkin candy and toothpicks. Students from each lunch who built the tallest and strongest tower received a prize. The students loved this activity. Coming in December: Christmas Tree STEM.

Elements of Drama: Elephant and Piggie came to life in the library during a Reader's Theater. 2nd graders practiced reading a script based on the book, My Friend is Sad, by Mo Willems.

Election: I read Granddaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box, which was about the true story of an African American who was denied the right to vote because he was unable to read. We had deep conversations about voting rights and discrimination. For students in grades Kinder-2nd I read Clifford for President. We found similarities and differences between Clifford and Duck, from Duck for President.

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