Archive for April 2013

THE FIFTH GRADE POETRY CELEBRATION!

April 12, 2013

This year I tried something new in Fifth Grade. For National Poetry Month, I had each fifth grader choose a poem that they liked: they used books or the internet to search for a good poem that “spoke” to them. Then each student performed in front of their classmates the next week in Library class. I had a few “judges” who helped me choose the top presenters in each class. Then those 18 students memorized their poems, continued to practice in Library classes (and sometimes in Music and Art, too) until the big day finally arrived….when they would present in front of the whole school.

Cameron started us off with her poem, "Influence."

Cameron started us off with her poem, “Influence.”

Carter brought his hockey stick to lend authenticity to his poem about his favorite sport.

Carter brought his hockey stick to lend authenticity to his poem about his favorite sport.

We had some jitters and lots of excitement. On Wednesday, after the all-school assembly to practice for the Spring Concert, my 18 wonderful presenters took the stage and wowed their audience. I was so proud of them! The poems ranged from serious poems by Robert Frost and Edna St. Vincent Millay to silly poems by Jack Prelutsky and, of course, Shel Silverstein. We even had poems about zombies and hockey. We will definitely do it again next year!

Here are the eighteen students, happy that they met their challenge.

Here are the eighteen students, happy that they met their challenge.

The American Girl Tea Party!

April 5, 2013

Eighteen third grade students and two fifth grade “waiters” enjoyed a tea party in the CPS Library this week, to celebrate the wonderful historical fiction books in the “American Girl” series.   Each student read at least five books and wrote  a short review for this blog to earn their “ticket” to the tea party.  It has been great fun to see all the excitement generated during the last few months, as students became truly engaged with their reading.

Many thanks to Kirsten Meader for help with planning, making food, and craft donation and inspiration;  Julie Hart and Shanta Hoff for food assistance;  and Amy Verrill and Renee Wakefield for loaning us their teasets.

Here are some pictures of the festivities (if you  click on a picture, it will enlarge it for you).

Fifth grader "waiter" Trey  serving dip.

Fifth grade “waiter” Trey serving dip.

Peyton and her doll.  Peyton didn't stop at 5 books:  she read over 100!

Peyton and her doll. Peyton didn’t stop at 5 books: she read over 100!

Have you ever seen the library set up like a restaurant?

Have you ever seen the library set up like a restaurant?

The students' dolls, patiently waiting for the eating to be over.

The students’ dolls, patiently waiting for the eating to be over.

Fifth grade waiter Max Godomsky serving students

Fifth grade waiter Max  serving students

Everyone made a little book with American Girl stickers.
Everyone made a little book with American Girl stickers.