Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Six Flags Read to Succeed is Back!!

Attention Sonntag Readers! Be on the lookout for your official 2016-2017 Six Flags Read to Succeed reading log in your daily folders this week. This year, Sonntag Readers have an extra month to complete 6 hours of free reading in order to earn a FREE ticket to Six Flags Over Texas. 

Don't forget to keep track of everything you read on your official Six Flags Read to Succeed log AND have your parent sign your completed log! All completed and signed logs are due to your teacher NO LATER than Friday, February 17th. No late submissions are guaranteed a ticket!! 

If you have any questions, or need a new log, please contact your teacher or Mrs. Mattei, Sonntag Librarian, at matteie@friscoisd.org. Tickets will arrive and be distributed in May 2017. Happy reading! 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Look What's Happening @ the #gselibrary!

It has been a BUSY week in the Sonntag Library! Look what Sonntag Readers have been up to!! 

This week, Kinder Readers listened to the story I'm A Turkey by Jim Arnosky. We talked about what it would be like to actually BE a turkey. We also well as sang our "Book Nook Song" as if we were actually turkeys and made our hands turn into turkeys (see above)... GOBBLE! GOBBLE!! After we heard the turkey story, the Kinder Readers completed a color-a-sight-word turkey sheet to practice their sight words! 

Sonntag 1st Grade Readers heard George Shannon's turkey story Turkey Tot. This story is a great example to use when discussing the Character Lab trait GRIT! In the story, every friend of Turkey Tot doesn't believe he can reach the yummy blueberries. However, Turkey Tot sticks with it and creatively creates a tool to help him achieve his goal. It's a great story and the Readers LOVED learning about Turkey Tot's journey! 

Sonntag 2nd Grade Readers are currently listening to another Mo Willems' great read The Story of Diva & Flea. Since this book is on the Texas 2x2 Reading List AND is a chapter book, I wanted the students to have an opportunity to hear this amazing story of two unlikely friends. The Readers looked in an atlas to see where the story was set (Paris, France) and even found a few of Mr. Willems' classic characters hidden in the pictures. The readers will be hearing this story for the next few weeks  and hopefully more students will join the 2x2 Reading Club! 

The last groups of Sonntag 3rd Grade Readers completed their final Book Tasting activities. It was such a joy to watch these Readers discover books they may otherwise not pick up. In addition, 3rd grade teachers discovered some great reads to share in their classes as read-alouds! 


Over the next few weeks, Sonntag 4th & 5th Grade Readers have been and will continue to learn about the art of reading and enjoying graphic novels. It is one of  THE most popular book formats in the #gselibrary but it is also one of the most misread and misunderstood. It's been amazing watching these Readers get excited about learning the finer details of these books. In the coming weeks, the Readers will dive into a few graphic novels and complete some challenges with them. Hopefully this section will continue to grow in size & popularity! 

The Sonntag Library Makerspace is really taking shape. This week, a few 4th graders discovered Makey Makey. Oh, they went bonkers playing Tetris online!! It was so awesome to watch them tinker with different Makey Makey tasks! 

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!

Howdy Sonntag Readers!! I KNOW you are HUGE fans of anything Elephant & Piggie. While it is sad that Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie series has officially ended, these timeless characters still live on in other great books. If you are craving a yummy, I mean, silly book, please check out Dan Santat's & Mo Willems' book The Cookie Fiasco! It is a great book with a great, big, yummy problem!! Happy reading! :o)

Want to learn more about Dan Santat? Click here!

Want to learn more about Mo Willems? Click here!

Want to check it out? Head on over to E WIL the EVERYBODY section of the library

Friday, November 11, 2016

Professional Update @ #gselibrary!

Look What's Happening @ the #gselibrary!

October & November have been CRAZY busy in the Sonntag Library! Check out what's been going on!

The Sonntag Library and Technology staff, and Kinder teachers collaborated to create a fun pumpkin technology experience for our little Kinder kids! The researchers measured pumpkins, worked through creative and technology-based pumpkin stations, and listened to pumpkin stories!

Sonntag 3rd graders participated in a Book Tasting this week!! 3rd graders were challenged to explore a variety of lesser-checked-out books in the library to connect with the books that they may have overlooked. Many kids walked away with a list of books they want to check out next week! 

In October, 4th Graders attended the Lone Star Storytelling Festival hosted by the Frisco Public Library. The kids really enjoyed hearing a variety of stories from some talented storytellers! 

Sonntag Kinder & 1st graders have had the opportunity to participate in the library's new makerspace area. Students have the opportunity to play with IO Blocks (pictured above) as well as some good old fashioned coloring!! 

2nd - 5th graders have been busy coders!!! The students are learning the fundamentals 
of how to computer program by working through lessons and creating video games through Code.org

Local illustrator AG Ford visited Sonntag and talked about the amazing art of illustration and how he became an illustrator. The students and staff truly enjoyed his presentation! 

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!

Howdy Sonntag Readers!! If you are a fan of the 2016-2017 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominated book The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin, you are in for a treat!! The 2nd book in the Chicken Squad series called The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure is now officially on the library shelves. Check it out!! Happy reading!

  • Four chickens--Dirt, Sugar, Sweetie, and Poppy--investigate the theft of a strange blue bird's house.

Want to learn more about author Doreen Cronin? Click here! 

Want to check it out? Head on over to F CRO in the library! 

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