Friday, December 20, 2013

Winter Break Reading!

Thank you for an awesome fall in the library, RES scholars. Have a wonderful break...and don't forget to read!
You could read your favorite picture books to a younger brother or sister.

You could read books or magazines about your favorite activities...LEGO anyone?

You could read a big stack of books from the RES library...

or visit the Richmond Free Library if you run out (you can get more information and holiday hours from their website).

 See you in 2014! - Mrs. Redford

Friday, December 13, 2013

Books, Magazines, and the Internet

This week in the library, third grade scholars shared their just-completed nonfiction books about organisms with an appreciative audience of parents, friends, and CESU district staff. More information about the books and the celebration is posted on the RES school blog. Here's a video from the celebration:

One third grade class also reviewed the library's magazine subscriptions before writing a speech in their Writers Workshop to persuade me to buy some new ones...different ones...they did a great job! Next they will have to persuade me which specific titles the library should buy. Stay tuned!

Fourth graders put the finishing touches on their posters explaining how to be critical thinkers on the Internet. We have posted them around the school; they are great reminders.

Have a wonderful weekend! -- Mrs. Redford

Friday, December 6, 2013

Sharing, Persuading, Critical Thinking

All over the RES library this week, scholars were sharing seasonal books. The scholars above shared a nonfiction book about football (that's a season, right!?) First graders shared a readaloud called Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here about the winter solstice...

while second graders enjoyed the wintry Norwegian folktale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

And kindergartners shared their picture books with third grade reading mentors who come to the library every week to read aloud with them. All three kindergarten and all three third grade classes are participating in this project. It provides the older scholars a chance to build their reading fluency and reading confidence, and the younger scholars a chance to see and hear cool older kids reading for fun.

Third graders are beginning a unit on persuasive writing in their classrooms. For a little inspiration we shared Thank You Sarah, the true story of Sarah Hale,whose letter-writing and magazine campaigns convinced Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.

These scholars are ready to go out and change the world
with their persuasive writing!

Fourth graders finished a unit on media literacy in their enrichment library classes. After viewing a series of videos about food stylists and misleading toy commercials, the scholars had excellent discussions about critical thinking and the media. They they evaluated several websites about endangered animals. One was the infamous site The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus...they asked themselves, is this website for real? How about the tree octopus? What are some ways you can tell?

Dear Rebecca cover image from
East of the Sun cover image from