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.
Our 3rd and 4th graders also dove into nonfiction, learning about the Dewey Decimal Classification System. They put their newfound nonfiction knowledge to the test by engaging in a Dewey Scavenger Hunt, where they deciphered clues and located clues in each of the ten Dewey Decimal subject classifications. After scavenging for nonfiction, they returned to the world of fiction books to learn how to hone their observational skills. Using the book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg, which has virtually no text, the students examined the role illustrations play in helping an author tell a story. Working in groups they examined a single illustration from the book and used it to develop the characters, setting and plot for their own original story, which they wrote and shared with their classmates.
Our 5th graders have been exploring what constitutes plagiarism. They have experienced the feelings associated with plagiarism, identified examples of academic plagiarism, and learned a variety of methods to avoid plagiarizing. They are now learning how to create citations for books using MLA 8 style.
Our 6th graders have become book critics! They picked a book they had recently read, wrote a review or recommendation, and then recorded a FlipGrid video of the review/recommendation. These book review/recommendation videos were then shared with their classmates so we could all take home a few book suggestions to read over the holiday break! Want to see some of the videos? Ask a sixth grader to show them to you. The links to access the videos are located on our website's Virtual Resources page.
Well, that's it for now. On behalf of Mrs. Santangelo and myself, we hope you have a wonderful holiday break and a very Happy New Year!
"MLA Logo." MLA.com, Modern Language Association of America, 2018, https://www.mla.org/.