Before we embark on Spring Break, students and staff at CES will get to have a fun filled day focused on Literacy! Students will get to experience activities like Read it and Eat It!, Read It and Seed It, and Bark It and Mark It. Some 4th graders will get to participate in Play It and Say It in a special 4th grade performance for CES.
In addition to an eventful morning, CES will proudly welcome acclaimed Vermont author Steve Swinburne. Swinburne will hold two afternoon sessions with CES students. We are excited to have him at CES! Mr. Swinburne is able to come to us by a generous CLiF grant. For more information about Swinburne, please visit his website at http://www.steveswinburne.com/.
To prepare our students in their academic endeavors, learning reference and research skills is a library curriculum focus. Students in 2nd through 4th grades have been building foundational skills in the areas of parts of reference books, dictionary and thesaurus skills, understanding an atlas, and research using encyclopedias These are skills that build upon one another as students progress in school. Students are first learning how to use the print version of these resources before learning the digital counterpart.
Essential Questions: How can I apply critical thinking skills (organization, analysis, synthesis, evaluation) to construct new understanding, draw conclusions and create new knowledge?
Focusing: Can I develop and refine questions? How do I read, view and listen for information from a variety of materials? How do I select and evaluate appropriate resources in a variety of formats?
Principles: Information literacy is a crucial skill in the 21st century. As students read and write to communicate, learning becomes relevant, interesting, and motivational and prepares students for life-long learning.
With the importance of keeping children safe also comes the role of digital citizenship. Just as we aim to be good citizens in our communities, state, and country, we should also think how we can be good digital citizens in the world of online interactions.
A great resource for parents and teachers alike is Common Sense Media. Check it out to help educate yourself, your children, and your students. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
For the week of March 13-17, we will be discussing the importance of Internet Safety and how we can protect ourselves and be internet smart. This ties into our use of technology and how to recognize signs of unsafe internet usage.
In celebration of Read Across America (February 27-March 3) and Dr. Seuss (birthday March 2), our students will be reading various Dr. Seuss books during their library visits. We will learn more about the famous author, his local roots, and read a variety of his books. While kindergarteners will be hearing Hop on Pop and The Foot Book, 4th graders with learn about Oh! The Places You'll Go!
Our students have cast their ballots and the votes have been tallied! The CES choice for the 2016-2017 Red Clover Award is....(drum roll please)....Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks and illustrated by David Small! All of the votes have been tallied and sent to the Vermont Center for the Book to be added with all other votes from elementary students across Vermont. Stay tuned to find out the winner later this school year!
The Department of Libraries is very excited to announce that beginning today, ALL Vermonters have access to the Gale resources included in the Vermont Online Library (VOL)! The Department of Libraries is providing this service at no cost to all public, school and academic libraries.
In Vermont: No authentication needed.
Patrons can either click on links on your website or go to http://vtonlinelib.org/home.php to begin using the resources immediately.
Please read VOL Information to see all of the different ways you can highlight databases on your website: direct URLS to the databases, highlight subject collections of databases, or create colorful widgets.
For our last Red Clover 2016-2017 Book: Glamourpuss
By Sarah Weeks, Pictures by David Small
Glamourpuss has it all:
Through our local Village Square Booksellers, we have created a wish list for our Central Elementary School Library. You can easily order these books online in the comfort of your pajamas, or go and visit the staff of VSB and pick out a book from the list. Once the book is bought, it comes off the list. An added bonus: you get 10% off if you are buying from the school's wishlist! Use code CES 10 (only applies to wishlist books). Check out the CES Library Wish List!
*Library Wish List*