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: