Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall 2017 Scholastic Book Fair!!

Howdy Partners!!!!! 

The fall 2017 Scholastic Book Fair is upon us!! 

Please mosey on into the Cockrell Elementary Library from 
November 13 - 17 for some fantastic reads!

If you would like to know more, please click on the horse below. We hope to see you there! 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Preschool Story Time is Almost Here!!

Attention Cockrell Community! 

If you have a Cockrell student AND a wee one, please join the us in the Cockrell library for a weekly story time starting Wednesday, September 20th from 10:00-10:30. We will hear great stories, sing songs, and work on some fun activities. Our Wee Readers will even be able to check out their own books, too! 

If you would like more information, click here! We hope to see you there!! 

Happy New [School] Year!!

Happy school year Cockrell Elementary Community!! 

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cockrell Library blog. I hope that you are as excited as I am to jump into the 2017-2018 school year. Please add this blog to your bookmarks so you can keep up with all the happenings in the Cockrell Elementary Library. 

If you want to stay connected, please click the links on the right to follow Mrs. Mattei and the Cockrell Library at any time!

It's going to be a great year! 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Thank You, Sonntag Community!!

Happy summer, Sonntag Community!

It is with a heavy heart [and a heavy shelf marker...see picture above] that I tell you that I am moving on from Sonntag Elementary this summer. It has been such a privilege and pleasure serving as the Sonntag librarian for the past 7 years. I am so thankful for all who I have taught, worked with, and connected with. I've learned so much from each and every Reader who has walked through the doors of Sonntag Elementary. 

I am not going far. I will be moving north to Prosper ISD as an elementary Library Media Specialist. This blog will continue to serve as my way to get the word out about the love of reading and learning. Even though this blog, my Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram accounts may look different, you will still be able to connect with me there. 

I thank you for all of your love and support throughout the past 7 years. I look forward to seeing how this amazing Sonntag Community grows!! Happy reading!! :o) 

End of Year Sonntag Library Statistics!!

Total classes seen: 851

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Total check ins & check outs: 45,204

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Total items in the library collection: 12,772

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2x2 & Texas Bluebonnet Award Reading List/Clubs
Battle of the Books
Makerspace/Coding Lessons
Lessons that Tied with Classroom Curriculum
Weekly Preschool Story Time
2 Scholastic Book Fairs
Staff Book Club
Research Lessons
Parent Volunteers
FPL Lone Star Storytelling Festival
GMS Mrs. Mattei Book Bits Weekly Updates
Question of the Week

Summer Reading Opportunities!!

Attention Sonntag Readers! 

Do you LOVE to read? I KNOW you do!! 

This summer, challenge yourself to read every day. If you would also love to earn some prizes in the fall, please participate in the Sonntag Summer Reading Challenge!  Click the images to learn more!

Check out the challenge:

Need a log? Click on the image below: 

Check out these prizes!!

Looking for some other great summer reading opportunities? Click the links below! Happy SUMMER reading! :o)

Battle of the Books & 2x2 Voting Results!!

The votes are in and the Sonntag Readers have spoken!!!!! 

The winner of the 2016-2017 Battle of the Books is...

Congrats to author Jeff Kinney for your win!!!

Want to learn more about this popular series? Click here

Do you want to see a sneak peek of the NEXT Wimpy Kid book? Click here! Your'e welcome. ;o)

Kinder, 1st, & 2nd Grade Readers voted on their favorite 2x2 Reading List book for the 2016-2017 school year! Congrats to author/illustrator Kate Beaton!

 Want to learn more about Kate Beaton? Click here

A HUGE thank you to our amazing authors and to the Sonntag Readers for your participation! Happy reading! :o)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Battle of the Books Round 4!

Battle of the Books Round 4 is underway!! 

  Please vote for the Round 4 match-ups by June 1st. 

You can click the Battle of the Books Button on the right side of the blog to cast your vote!!

The winner will be announced at the last GMS!! Happy voting!! :o)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Battle of the Books Round 3!!!

Battle of the Books Round 3 is underway!! 

  Please vote for the Round 3 match-ups by May 24th. 

You can click the Battle of the Books Button on the right side of the blog to cast your vote!! Happy voting!! :o)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Texas 2x2 & Texas Bluebonnet Award Showcase!!

Welcome to 7th annual Sonntag Library Texas Bluebonnet Award & 2x2 reading list showcase! Below you will find links to the Texas Bluebonnet Award & 2x2 lists for 2017-2018. These lists will be current for Sonntag Readers through the end of the 2017-2018 school year. I hope you enjoy these books as much as the previous lists. Check the lists out below:

Want to print a copy of the current Bluebonnet log? Click here

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Want to learn more about the 2017-2018 list?? Click the links below:

Want to print a copy of the current 2x2 Reading List? Click here

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Want to learn more about the 2017-2018 list?? Click the links below:

Happy reading!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Battle of the Books Round 2!!!

Battle of the Books Round 2 is underway!! 

  Please vote for the Round 2 match-ups by May 17th. 

You can click the Battle of the Books Button on the right side of the blog to cast your vote!! Happy voting!! :o)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Battle of the Books is Back!!!!!

It's back!!!!! Battle of the Books 2017 starts Friday, May 5th!!! 

Sonntag students, teachers, and parents can vote as MANY times as they wish for each round of books. You do not have to vote on every match-up to participate. The winners of each round will be announced weekly until the final week of school!!

Check back tomorrow to find out which books made the cut!! A link will be added to the right side of the blog so YOU can begin voting. 

Let's do this!! :o)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Look What's Happening @ the GSE Library

Book of the Day by Mrs. Mattei!

If you are looking for a good read to share with a friend, check out today's book of the day!! The voice author Shelley Moore Thomas uses throughout the story will delight readers of all ages. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! Happy reading!! :o)

Want to check this book out? Head on over to the EVERYBODY section! E THO

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!! 

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