In September, all classes familiarized themselves with the library and library procedures. Students learned about book care, the use of shelf markers and the layout of the library. Students made library cards, which they will use each week to check out books. Library cards are kept at school and will go home with students at the end of the year.
In October, kindergarten classes continued to familiarize themselves with the library and book care. First grade classes began learning about Little Red Riding Hood stories from different traditions. Second grade classes discovered Cinderella stories from different cultures around the world. Third grade classes learned the parts of a book and the information they convey.
In November, kindergarten classes began comparing and contrasting Gingerbread stories. First grade classes continued their exploration of classic fairy tales with stories featuring the Big Bad Wolf. Second grade classes explored the cultural life of the Wampanoag people of the 1600’s. Third grade classes learned about Early America through fiction and nonfiction picture books and multi-media presentations.
In December, kindergarten classes continued their exploration of Gingerbread stories. First grade classes explored twists on traditional literature through fractured fairy tales. Second grade classes began exploring world geography with an emphasis on man-made and natural landmarks through fiction and nonfiction picture books. Third grade classes learned to use iPads to explore the library catalog.
In conjunction with the Bell School Organic Garden, the library has a new section dedicated to gardening books. The books in this section cover a broad range of subjects and levels including cookbooks, science books, picture books and teaching resources. Some favorite books from this new collection include These Bees Count, How Did That Get In My Lunchbox, Secrets of the Garden, It’s Our Garden and Compost Stew.