The children of North Carolina chose the same book as the students at Wake Forest Elementary for the 2017 winner of the North Carolina Children's Book Award. As reported on the NCCBA website, "I Yam a Donkey, written and illustrated by Cece Bell, is the winner in the Picture Book Category, receiving 30,272 of the 93,734 total votes cast."
The Wake Forest Elementary children have spoken ......and the winner is I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell. After reading all ten of the North Carolina Children Book Award Nominees the students were very excited to cast their votes. The overwhelming favorite of the students at Wake Forest Elementary was I Yam a Donkey! Votes have been turned in to Wake County Public Schools who will tabulate and turn in the votes for the entire school system. Votes are then counted at the state level and we will soon know which of the ten books will win the North Carolina Children's Book Award for 2017.
Thank you to our wonderful PTA for sponsoring another successful Scholastic Bookfair. While we love this event as a fundraiser for the Media Center and Wake Forest Elementary School, the most important aspect of a bookfair is to see the children with books in their hands and to see the excitement a new book can bring to the face of a child!
It's that time of year that all of the children love: North Carolina Children's Book Award time. We have been busy reading this year's nominees to all of the children in Kindergarten through Second grade. It does take a bit of time to read and discuss the ten nominated books, but the children love these stories and information books. Follow this link for a list of all of the titles http://nccba.blogspot.com/2016/05/2016-2017-picture-book-and-junior-book.html. Third grade is finishing a unit on Internet Safety, Social Networking and Digital Citizenship. We have had many great discussions about what information should be kept private while on the internet. Students have also discussed the importance of responsible and clear digital communication. Fourth Graders have finished their Internet Safety unit and are now working on researching countries of the world. They are exploring information from CultureGrams and eBooks from Big Universe and NCWiseOwl. Finally, Fifth Grade culminated their Digital Citizenship unit with class presentations of the students' Digital Superhero comic strips. The students finished with a chorus of "Can we make more comic strips. Pleeeease!" Students are now listening to, and discussing, the new Newbery Award book, The Girl Who Drank the Moon. This award winner corresponds perfectly with the 5th grade unit on Fantasy.
We have been very busy in the Media Center over the last few weeks. Kindergarten students have learned Good Book Care habits and are now successfully using shelf markers when they are selecting books. They now bring their books home and should remember to bring them back to exchange for new books each week when they have their Media Special. First,Second and Third Grade students have been busy picking Good Fit books. These students have learned the importance of finding the books that match their independent reading level. The key is "knowing" the words (both phonetically and meaning) and being able to understand what is being read. Third, Fourth and Fifth graders have spent time becoming independent users of the Media Center by learning about the Dewey Decimal System and Destiny, our online catalog. In November all students will spend time talking about Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship.
Stay tuned for information about The Gift of Reading which will take place December 19th through 21st!
Wow....It is hard to believe that we are already in our fourth week of school. Time sure flies when you are having fun. Students have been visiting the Media Center on a weekly basis and are enjoying checking out library books. Kindergarten is now in their third week of Media class. We have been focusing on how to take care of library books and following our PAWS expectations. Students will begin to check out books next week. They will read their books in the classroom for a couple of weeks while we build the habit of returning library books each week. First Grade has been reviewing library expectations and appropriate book care habits. We will be working on choosing "Good Fit Books" over the next weeks. Our goal is that each child knows how to find that "Just Right" book to read. Second Grade has been very busy....the students have reviewed Media expectations and book care habits and have completed an Achieve 3000 preliminary assessment. Classroom teachers will begin to use Achieve 3000 in the classroom. Second grade will also be working on choosing "Good Fit" books over the next weeks. Third Grade - Fifth Grade completed a Media Center orientation and an Achieve 3000 assessment. The children are currently enjoying exploring Big Universe, a website full of interesting ebooks. They have been busy adding ebooks to their personal bookshelves.
Both Achieve 3000 and Big Universe can be accessed by clicking on the Links page on the Media Center website.
November has been the month to develop and improve our computer skills. Kindergarten students have done a great job logging on to the computer (those student numbers can be very, very long!). They have also worked hard at using the mouse. Children have learned to click; double click; and click, drag and drop. We will start working on using the arrow keys. First Grade students have explored the differences between fiction and nonfiction through the use of two digital resources, PebbleGo and Tumblebooks. They each chose one animal to research in PebbleGo and then found a fictional story about the same animal. Each child reported one new fact that they learned through PebbleGo and one part of the Tumblebooks story that proved the story was fictional. Second Graders have been very busy working on their keyboarding skills. Students have done a great job working on their home row and top row keys.
Students in Kindergarten and First Grade have just finished a unit on Internet Safety and Cyberbullying.
Kindergarten students learned how we can visit places online and how to stay safe when on the internet. Our safety rules are: 1. Ask your parent or teacher before you go online 2. Only talk to people that you know 3. Just go to websites that are just right for you. Students also learned which information should be kept private when on the internet (name, address, phone number, family names, passwords, etc.) and how to create usernames that do not include private information.
First Grade students learned how to evaluate websites and determine if they were "green light," "yellow light," or "red light" websites. They understand "green" websites are those that are right for them; "yellow" means caution-talk to an adult before going on the website; and "red" - not appropriate for a child. We also discussed how everyone leaves a "digital footprint" when they go online and the types of information that are private and should never be shared on the internet. Finally, children have an understanding of cyberbullying and how it is very important to tell an adult if someone says something while they are online that makes them feel sad, angry or scared.
The students are so excited to get started on the North Carolina Children's Book Award program. Each year 12 books are nominated as the best children's books by school and public librarians in North Carolina. After reading these books to all of our students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, each child gets to vote for their personal favorite book. The votes will be tabulated so that we can see which book the students at Wake Forest Elementary will choose as their favorite. Finally, after the votes are turned in to Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, we will find out which book was chosen as the favorite Picture book by the children of North Carolina. Check back each week for an update on the books that we have read so far!
We kicked off the 2014 North Carolina Children's Book Award program with Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds (author) and Peter Brown (illustrator). The children loved this scary story of a "veggie nature." We also had fun graphing our favorite fruits and vegetables and using the data to learn about the likes and dislikes of our classmates!
Wow! Did we learn a lot about mallard ducks through the eyes of a little girl on her way to and from school in Nicola Davies' book, Just Ducks. Some fun info includes the fact that mallard ducks have beautiful blue feathers and they have a spot of oil behind their tails which helps to keep their feathers soft and waterproof. We wanted to compare and contrast the information in this book with what we could learn from PebbleGo; and found out from this source that some ducks have no feeling in their feet! Who knew?????
The children have had fun with When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward. This story is about a beautiful blue bird who finds herself responsible for a very unusual "egg." This wonderful tale of friendship has proven to be a great book to read during these very cold, cold days of winter! The students have also enjoyed studying the illustrations and attempting to identify all of the different types of paper that Lindsay Ward used in her artwork!
What beautiful illustrations in When Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff! The students were able to see how different materials can be used to create beautiful illustrations. A "Thank You" to Ms. Hearn who let us borrow her linoleum printing block and Speedball cutter so that we could see exactly how the illustrations were created. You can enjoy the artwork from this book at http://vimeo.com/36322253.
Wake Forest Elementary School once again celebrated the
Gift of Reading from December 16 - December 20, 2013. The goal of the Gift of Reading is for the students at Wake Forest Elementary to focus on the joy of reading for the entire week before the Holiday break. Students increased their in-class reading by 10 minutes each day culminating with 2 1/2 hours of sustained reading on December 20. They were also challenged to read at home each night with students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade reading at least 20 minutes a night and those in 3rd - 5th grade reading at least 30 minuetes each evening. Our goal was for students and teachers to surpass 1,500 hours of "at-home" reading between Monday, December 16 and Thursday, December 19. I am very happy and proud to tell you that the students and staff of Wake Forest Elementary read over 2,000 hours.
I am the Teacher/Librarian at Wake Forest Elementary School. I have worked in Media Centers for the last 13 years----as a Media Assistant at Wakefield Elementary for four years, and as the Teacher/Librarian at Wake Forest Elementary since 2008. Mr. Lim and I have three children---Brian lives and works in Durham; Allison attends the University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill; and Kyle is a Freshman at The Ohio State University. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family; reading; and watching sports (football and basketball).