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. 

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!!

This week's series will bring you a TON of holiday cheer!! If you like silly, festive, and mysterious reads, you will love Scott Sonneborn's The North Police series!! I hope you love it as much as I did!! Happy holidays!! Happy reading!! 

Want to check this series out? Head on over to E SON in the library! 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Look What's Happening @ the GSE Library

Howdy Sonntag Community! Check out (pun intended) what's been happening in the #gselibrary this week! 

This week, Kinder Readers heard the story The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler. During the read-aloud we discussed descriptive words as well as hunted for the secret snowman hidden in the illustrations. After the story, Readers completed a gingerbread symmetry sheet where they colored their gingerbread men symmetrically.

First Grade Readers heard the story Anna's Wish by Bruno Hachler. The Readers brainstormed things that they have wished for using Padlet:

Made with Padlet

It was great to hear some of the Readers' connections to this story about a girl who wishes for snow. I wonder if we will have snow this year in North Texas?

Second Grade Readers are still enjoying reading The Story of Diva & Flea by Mo Willems. The students also learned some great facts about the Eiffel Tower since it plays a big role in this story. Second Grade Readers will continue to hear this story over the coming weeks. Hopefully more Second graders will become 2x2 Club Members


This week, 3rd Grader, 4th Grade, & 5th Grade Readers have been exploring the art of the graphic novel!! Our Sonntag Readers LOVE graphic novels and they have enjoyed exploring the intricate details of the graphic novels we have in our Sonntag library collection. In the coming weeks, the Third Grade Readers will continue to dive into graphic novels by rotating through graphic novel stations. 

Sonntag Wee Readers also listened to the the story Anna's Wish by Bruno Hachler. The Wee Readers loved doing the snow finger-play as well as singing a song using a "snow voice level" (a.k.a no sound). After the story time, the Wee Readers created snowflakes using strips of paper, glue, and lots of stickers! 

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