• Two Books- No Way ?!  
    Second grade students are invited to take out two books per week.   We expect that one of the books will be a book that is "Just Right" reading.  The other one can be a too easy book, a magazine , a book that someone shares with them etc.   They are encouraged to renew books that they cannot finish.  If they have a book overdue, they should not be taking another book home until that one returns or is renewed.   Students will memorized their six digit number to checkout.   This is the same number for computer lab, lunch as well as library.  They are introduced throughout the year to the Washington Library Media Association Children's Choice Picture books for the year as well as many other favorites. I focus on literacy skills recommended by the American Association of School Librarians and the Common Core appropriate for second grade.  We may use the same books as the younger students, however we will be using standards that are grade appropriate. This is the first year that these students are old enough to vote on their favorite book from the Towner Award For Non-Fiction books. These books are chose each year to give the students examples of rich non- fiction text.   Students will also be learning how the library is organized, how to access the computer catalog to search for a book and how to use the library respectfully.  
     
     If you would like to come in before school and check out books, you as a parent can get an account with us. 
    The School District pays for World Book Online for us to use at school and for you to use at home.  It is multi-leveled encyclopedia.  The Early World of Learning would be great for kindergartners.   You can access it quickly through the school district website- Student Resources or through the Library Catalog Home page via this library website.  You must have a password to access it from home.  Please email me for the code. 
     
    September - December
       I have shared 11 of the 20 WCCPBooks http://childrenschoiceaward.wikispaces.com/home so far this year.   Discussed with each title was 4-6 new vocabulary words.  I have been working with the students to be precise when they are describing something.  For example, " the thing that drives people places" is not as precise as " a car that people use when they don't have a car and you have to pay the driver to be driven somewhere" when explaining a TAXI.    
    The Common Core Standards for Literature that we have focused on are  under Key Ideas and Details of the story.  In second grade this means asking and answering who, what, where, when, why and how questions to demonstrate understanding of key details in the text.  Students described how the character responded to major events and challenges. So far we have shared 2 of the 10 William C Towner Non-fiction Award Nominees. http://towneraward.wikispaces.com/   Students will vote for their favorite WCCPB in March and the best Towner book in April.      It is a lot for a 15-20 minute lesson and then time to choose a book.  I enjoy helping students find just the right book in our 10-15 minutes of check out.    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.