Monday, January 22, 2018

New Year Updates from the Library!

We are loving learning! So many new library experiences in our new year!

First, we are sharing this year's ten Red Clover books!
See the Red Clover nominees for this school year. After hearing the ten books, students will vote for their favorite in April. So far we have read Penguin Problems and have learned how to code our robot Beebot (dressed as a Penguin!) to move from the beginning, to the middle, to the end of the story. Beebot does this while going around the obstacles that represent Penguin's problems in the story! We try to turn our "penguin problems" into "walrus wows" using positive self-talk!

Next, we have started to learn about a special detective, Agent IIM, called a researcher! Agent IIM uses a seven step process to investigate the answer to a question or the solution to a problem by finding the facts...and just the facts! We have used our second Red Clover book, Otters Love to Play, to find facts to answer our research question:
How do river otters survive in their habitat?
One of our big discoveries has been that river otters don't hibernate. They continue to play and grow throughout the winter! 

We are also continuing to practice programming robots with small groups of students so that they may become experts. As experts, they will be able to teach their class what they have learned and provide the opportunity for everyone to work with Dot and Dash!

We continue to strengthen our thinking by choosing great books to read and sharing them with friends! 

We are also practicing our coding... 


....and are attempting to break records with our grade level design challenges!


first grade

second grade

Students have also begun to turn in their Reading is an Investment Reading Logs! We have the envelope in the library ready to be filled! Bring in your reading logs as soon as you complete them! 

Happy reading!  

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Reading is an Investment! Join the Readers at our PPS Library!


We read a story about the Soda Bottle School that was built in Guatamela. The book was written by Seno Laura Kutner and Suzanne Slade and is one of the Vermont Treasurer’s Office 2017-2018 books to inspire reading and focus on financial literacy. Students were sent home with a letter to families, a bookmark, and a reading log this week!
Join in this experience and help your child record their reading by coloring in the  boxes. We already shared Soda Bottle School so go ahead and color in a money box and record the money title below the boxes! Here is a copy of the letter to parents and students can pick up reading logs and check out "money" books in the library! Start now so that you have plenty of time to complete a log before the March $250 savings bonds drawing! Send completed logs back to me at the PPS Library or mail them to the Treasurer's Office!
Happy Reading!

Here is the video we shared in class. The villagers had no money to finish building a school that was overcrowded. Students and teachers stretched their thinking (This helped to keep their brain muscles strong!) and came up with an idea that would help clean up their environment while also giving them more learning space.
“Creative ideas pay off!”

Friday, August 18, 2017

Welcome to the Porters Point School Library!

Hello! Konichiwa! Guten Tag! Hola! Ahalan! Ciao! Namaste! Bonjour! Zdravo!

Click here to read: Library Welcome Letter to Parents

Welcome to our library at Porters Point School! There are exciting learning opportunities awaiting us! I look forward to having you participate in our amazing space! 

You will have access to many great books! You will also have the opportunity to enjoy listening to great stories, to share good books, to discover information, and to participate in our Red Clover Book program. We have databases to investigate, computer coding to learn, and a makerspace to process your creative thoughts.

Come read and learn! There is so much to discover! We look forward to having you spend time in our school library!
As you read...think, create, share, and grow at Porters Point! We look forward to taking this journey with you! Welcome and for those returning...Welcome back!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Jump Start for Reading
at the Porters Point School Library

 Once there were three middle school students who had an idea for a community service project.   It was called “Jump Start for Reading.” We are looking forward to sharing this service at the Porters Point School in June and are seeking your support. The project’s goal is to send home a book with each student at the end of the school year! During the month of May, collection boxes labeled “Jump Start for Reading” will be placed outside the school library and at the school entrance to collect books in good condition that are no longer needed at home. In library classes, students will be able to choose books to read over the summer months and keep as their own if they so wish! So as you accomplish any “spring cleaning” please feel free to drop your weeded books into our boxes! They can be picture or chapter books for kindergarten through second grade level. Our sincere thanks and appreciation for your consideration!


Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Year Library News!

*Extra reading logs are available in the library.*

As the new year begins, we are quite busy in the library! All of our students are participating in Vermont's Red Clover book program. We continue to book share the Red Clover books with The Blue Whale written by Jenni Desmond. Sullie and Spencer drew an amazing blue whale for our research board!

Agent IIM has visited the library and is helping us to learn seven steps in the research process. We have used our literary nonfiction book, The Blue Whale, to help us in our research! Students in second grade are also creating their blue whales in art class! The question we are researching is: "If you see a whale, how would you know it is a blue whale?"

We have used a variety of sources to gather our facts. We are now organizing them by sorting the facts into categories. We learned how to use PebbleGo. You can access this database from home if you go to our library website on the Porters Point School Teachers Pages.

In other library news, our second graders continue to attempt to build the longest cantilever at our library design challenge. Andrew currently holds the record with a 33 inch cantilever!

 We also continue to add new books to our collection. Here are some of our favorites!

Finally, we continue to read and share!

We hope to see you visiting our space when you are in the building. We have a great center of learning at the PPS library!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Updates from our Library!

Just a reminder that we started our participation in Vermont's Reading is an Investment Program this past November. It is not too late to participate! Read the letter to parents and students can pick up reading logs and check out "money" books in the library! Start now so that you have plenty of time to complete a log before the March $250 savings bonds drawing!

There has been a lot of learning happening this past month at the PPS Library! Along with sharing stories, checking out good books to read, and talking about our reading, we have also been introduced to...

Students in K-2 were presented with design challenges.

K-1 Design Challenge: Bridge Building
Using wood blocks for supports, can you make a "paper" bridge to hold weight?

2nd Grade Group Design Challenge: Cantilever Spans
Using only paint stirrers and 3/4 " washers, build the longest cantilever span you can. You can use as many washers and stirrers as you want!



Hour of Code!
December 5th-9th was Computer Science Education Week. Students around the world participated in the Hour of Code. Students at PPS Library learned the program called Lightbot. Kindergarten students learned the commands and how to use them to get the robot to follow the path and light all the blue tiles. First and second grade students moved to the next level that involved finding the patterns in the command code. Using the P1 command to represent the pattern they discovered, enabled them to complete their coding mission. Visit our web site under the "links" tab to access Lightbot. You can also go to this tab to access all the "Hour of Code" activities that are a part of this program. Be sure to check off the box "grades 2-5" in the tab on the left.


Vermont's 2016-2017 Red Clover Book Program!
Why are there red balloons hanging in the library? Where did Pearson find these ten new books?

We are once again excited to share this year's ten Vermont Children's Choice Red Clover books during library classes. At the end of March, students will get to vote for their favorite book in real voting booths!

Stop by and visit our space if you are in the building!