The AWARD WInnERS ARE IN!
We're excited to announce that we now have the 2019 Newbery Medal and 2019 Caldecott Medal winners in the OPS Library Media Center. We've also added the 2019 Newbery and Caldecott Honor Books as well. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, they are awarded annually by the Association for Library Services to Children which is part of the American Library Association (ALA). The Newbery Medal is awarded to "the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year” (ALA 2019), while the Caldecott Medal is "awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year” (ALA 2019). This year's Newbery Medal was awarded to Meg Medina's engaging Merci Suarez Changes Gears, and the Caldecott Medal was awarded to Sophie Blackall's wonderful Hello Lighthouse. In addition, we have added the 2019 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal winner The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman to the library collection. We'll be sharing these books with our students in early May as we discuss the Newbery, Caldecott and Sibert Medals in more detail. If you'd like to see some of the Honor books that have also been added to the library's collection please watch the slideshow below.
What We ARe Learning About In The Library:
It has been a busy month in the OPS Library Media Center. Our Kindergarten students learned how to locate information online using online text features, and got prepared for the annual OPS Book Fair by getting a sneak peek at some of the books featured at the fair.
Meanwhile our 1st and 2nd grade students spent the month looking at various eBook platforms, including Bookflix and Tumblebooks. If you would like to access these eBook platforms with your child please don't hesitate to contact us for the log-in and password information.
Our 3rd grade students finished up a unit on locating the main idea in a nonfiction text and then took a tour of the world's coral reefs using our Lightbox online multimedia books.
In our fourth grade classes we learned the difference between primary and secondary sources, and practiced paraphrasing so that we can gather and use information from both types of sources without plagiarizing.
In the fifth grade, we began a unit on the "Big 6" research process with a focus on gathering information from online resources. In this unit the students are learning how to create research questions, formulate search strategies, and evaluate online resources.
Meanwhile our sixth grade students began a unit on recognizing and avoiding plagiarism. They practiced summarizing information from a source, created citations for a book and an online article, and are currently learning how to create in-text citations.
Read Across America - Author Visits
At OPS, the week of February 25th - March 1st was an exciting one as we celebrated Read Across America Day with a week-long celebration of reading. Thanks to our wonderful Oradell PTA, it culminated with visits from children's authors Jeff Mack and Wendy Mass.
Author and illustrator Jeff Mack paid our K - 2nd graders a visit as part of our Read Across America festivities. Mr. Mack explained the process he uses to write and illustrate his books and answered questions from our students. He also engaged the 1st and 2nd grade students in drawing one of his characters, Mr. Monkey. Later he paid a visit to Ms. Yu's 1st grade class to share some tips on drawing and to walk the students through several fun exercises they can use to improve their illustrations. Here are some pictures from Mr. Mack's visit:
online multimedia books:
Have you checked out our library's Lightbox Books? These multimedia books can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere via our Follett Destiny Discover catalog and provide students with interactive text, videos, animations, activity sheets, and google maps. Better yet, they allow for unlimited users so students can view them simultaneously.
Here are just some of the Lightbox titles we have available:
WhaT We are Learning About in the library
Over the past two months, our students have begun to explore the many books our OPS library has to offer. Our K - 2nd graders dove into nonfiction books, including narrative and expository nonfiction, and compared them to fiction books. They've also studied how illustrations support and contribute to fiction and nonfiction texts.