Friday, February 17, 2017

Look What's Happening @ the GSE Library


The spring Book Fair may be over, but that doesn't mean that there aren't exciting things happening in the Sonntag Library. Post-Book Fair means that the library is now buzzing with great new reads, constant check-outs, and a new round of great library lessons and read-alouds. Check out what's been happening!!



This week, Kinder Readers listened to Jennifer Sattler's hilarious read Chick 'n' Pug: The Love Pug. The Kinder readers laughed out loud as Daisy attempted to win the love of Pug (a dog who is more interested in naps). The Readers also reviewed all of the check out procedures and truly enjoyed checking out new books from the library shelves throughout this week! 

Want to check out this amazing book? Click here to find out more!  



If you are not a morning person like me, then you may be able to relate to poor Crankenstein in his next cranky adventure: Valentine's Day! 1st Grade Readers heard listened to A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger. 1st Grade Readers made predictions about what the story was about based on the cranky "Conversation Hearts" that were listed on the front end papers of the book. After the story, 1st Grade Readers checked out books and relaxed with a challenging word search. It was amazing to watch them collaborate with each other to find the hidden words!

Want to check out this amazing book? Click here to find out more! 




2nd Grade Readers enjoyed a great Texas 2x2 List book this week! There's A Lion in my Cornflakes by Michelle Robinson is a great read to use to teach the concept of "how to!" The students brainstormed ideas about what they would be willing to save up 100 coupons by eating a seemingly lifetime supply of cornflakes! The Readers were also challenged to draw these items that will be used in a display in the library soon!!

Want to check out this amazing book? Click here to find out more! 



3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Readers went bonkers over TEK: The Modern Cave Boy. In this book, a cave boy named TEK has a love for all things technology and just can't seem to be able to put this technology down. I used this book as an opportunity to review how one should read graphic novels. Even though this is not technically a graphic novel, this readers of this book must pay attention to all of the details author/illustrator Patrick McDonnell adds that make this story hilarious. In addition, each class reviewed the importance of digital citizenship. Most importantly, however, readers learned that in order to be a smart, responsible digital citizen, they have to just plain DISCONNECT from technology ever so often! ;o)

Want to check out this amazing book? Click here to find out more!  




With the library back up and running post-Book Fair, Sonntag Makers have been flooding the library to work with our growing collection of makerspace tools!! In the picture above, a group of 4th & 5th graders collaborate to make a video on iPads using our Stikbots! 


Sonntag Readers were also encouraged to write what they love about the library using heart die-cuts. These hearts are being added to the windows of the library! 




During the weekly Preschool Story Time, Sonntag Wee Readers enjoyed two great reads: A Crankenstein Valentine & Chick 'n' Pug: The Love Pug. After they heard these great reads, the Wee Makers made a bouquet of "flowers" for their favorite Valentine!! 

And the Winner Is...


Attention Sonntag 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade Readers!!!! The votes have been counted and we have the winners for the 2016-2017 Texas Bluebonnet Award!! 76 Sonntag Bluebonnet Club Members were a part of 150, 094 Readers across the state of Texas who cast their votes in January. This was incredibly exciting!! 

Check out which books made the final cut! 



Congratulations are in order for author/illustrator Victoria Jamieson!! Not only is this the winner for the state, this increadible read also earned an American Library Association Newbery Honor Medal in 2016!! 


Want to check out this great book? Head on over to GRA 741.5 JAM



Congratulations author Doreen Cronin!!! 


Want to check out this book or others in the series? Head on over to F CRO 



Congratulations author Mac Barnett!! 


Want to check out this book or others in the series? Head on over to F BAR



Congratulations author Doreen Cronin!!! 



Congratulations author Stuart Gibbs!!!


Want to check out this book or others in the series? Head on over to F GIB



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Are you ready to start the 2017-2018 list??? Stop by the Bluebonnet Award section of the library and check'em out!! Happy reading!! :o)


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Spring 2017 Scholastic Book Fair Details!!


Attention Sonntag Community!!

The spring 2017 Schoastic Book Fair is almost here!! Please click the logo above or here to connect to the new of "Book Fair" page on this blog. This page will help you to find out more details about this amazing fair, details about how to order online, as well as how you can volunteer your time. It's going to be another wonderful Fair!!!

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Mattei, Sonntag Librarian. Hope to see you there!! 

Preschool Story Time is Cancelled January 11, 2017

Good Morning Sonntag Wee Readers!

Preschool Story Time is cancelled today. The tummy bug struck our house. Yikes! Please plan to come next Wednesday for some great preschool fun!! Thank you for your understanding!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Mattei

Friday, January 6, 2017

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!!


If you are looking for a great author, look no further than Kate Klise. This AMAZING author came to Sonntag a few years ago and shared her journey to authorship. Since it's been a few years, I thought that a new generation of Sonntag Readers would LOVE to dive into her books!! Check these out!! Happy reading! :o)



Want to check out books by Kate Klise? Head on over to the FICTION section! 


Friday, December 9, 2016

Look What's Happening @ the GSE Library


Happy December Sonntag Community! It has been a BUSY week in the #gselibrary. The Sonntag Library Makerspace has picked up SO much STEAM and 4th & 5th Graders have been flying in for some maker fun! 



This week the Kinder Readers were on the hunt for the tricky Gingerbread Man! In the library, the Readers heard The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. Even though many of the Readers have heard this story in the past, they were excited to learn about all of the little extra details the author/illustrator includes in her artwork: Hedgie the Hedgehog, detailed plot presented in the borders of many of the pages, and the inclusion of many favorite characters from other stories. At the end of the week, the Kinder Readers even went on a hunt for the Gingerbread Man all around Sonntag!! 



1st Graders heard the hilarious book Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright. The Readers brainstormed items that are cold, hot, and items that can be both cold AND hot!! It was fun to hear them make predictions!! There were things, like volcanoes (hot) and the moon (cold), that I had never thought of! 


Sonntag 2nd Grade Readers are working hard to finish The Story of Diva & Flea by Mo Willems. We should be finished with this amazing story by the new year. Hopefully we will get all 2nd Graders into the 2x2 Reading Club! 



Sonntag 4th Graders finished up their graphic novels lesson by digging into 4 different graphic novels books. They answered a few quick questions regarding specific parts of each graphic novel. One of the questions even required the students to draw on their prior knowledge! El Deafo by Cece Bell was CLEARLY a favorite and has already left the library with one of the students! 


Sonntag 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Makers are going NUTS for the Sonntag Library Makerspace!! Wow!!! This week, the Sonntag Makers were taken on a tour of the items that are housed in the Makerspace. Students are able to come in on their own time as well as after they check out their books during their library times to work with these creative items. 



Sonntag Makers are even helping to create a display on the library windows by making coffee filter snowflakes. The Makers are having SNOW much fun!! 



Sonntag Wee Readers heard two snowman stories this week! After the stories, the Wee Readers practiced their fine motor skills by building a snowman using glue, pretzel sticks, and mini marshmallows. 

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