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Library Targets for the Second Quarter

posted Sep 12, 2012, 12:17 PM by Kevin Maassen   [ updated Oct 30, 2016, 10:47 AM ]

During the second quarter of the school year the library focuses more on the reading of informational text. The Common Core State Standards call for more emphasis on informational text. Research has established the need for students to be proficient in reading complex informational text independently in a variety of content areas. To support this goal through all grade levels the library focuses on the differences between fact and fiction and the parts of a non-fiction book (the contents page, captions, glossary and index). The upper grades participate in an activity of evaluating specific informational text using the ten Grand Canyon Reader Award non-fiction nominees. The informational text are evaluated in a number of categories including the table of contents, index, glossary, chapter titles, headings and subheadings, the use of diagrams, charts, graphs and maps along with photographs and captions. The students rate the texts and vote for the one they believe would make a good resource to use.                        


Read Any Good Mysteries Lately?

posted Sep 12, 2012, 12:16 PM by Kevin Maassen   [ updated Oct 30, 2016, 11:23 AM ]

Mystery is a subgenre of narrative fiction.  It usually involves a mysterious death or a crime to be solved.  It's purpose is to engage you in solving a puzzle.  It is also one of the most requested and enjoyed genres of students.  Mysteries require a reader to put the puzzle pieces offered by the author together to figure out the mystery, to appreciate the detective's craft and to take moral satisfaction from the solution to the mystery.  Here are ten mysteries you may like to read:

1.)  The Bad Beginning (a Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket
2.)  The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew Mystery) by Carolyn Keene
3.)  The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys Mystery) by Franklin W. Dixon
4.)  The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse (Chet Gecko Mystery) by Bruce Hale
5.)  Half Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer
6.)  The Westing Game  by Ellen Raskin
7.)  The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base
8.)  Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos 
9.)  The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
10.)  The Maze of Bones (39 Clues) by Rick Riordan

Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominees for 2017

posted Sep 12, 2012, 12:15 PM by Kevin Maassen   [ updated Oct 30, 2016, 11:53 AM ]

In October we began to share the Grand Canyon Reader Award nominated books with our classes. The Grand Canyon Reader Award is a reader award program for students in Arizona. Students vote annually on their favorite book in the following categories: Picture, Non-Fiction, and Intermediate. There are 10 books in each category. The purpose of the Grand Canyon Reader Award is to encourage young readers to become better acquainted with recently published quality books and to honor favorite books and authors. Throughout the year we will be sharing all 10 picture books with primary students. The intermediate grades must read at least 3 of the 10 Intermediate books and 5 of the 10 non-fiction books to qualify to vote in those categories. Voting must be completed by April 1, 2017.  Here is the list of the nominated books:

Picture Books 
Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly L. Bingham
Flight School by Lita Judge
Goodnight Already! by Jory John
I Don't Want to be a Frog by Dev Petty
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! by Elise Parsley
Juna's Jar by Jane Bahk
Monsters Love Underpants by Claire Freeman
Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins
There's a Lion in My Cornflakes by Michelle Robinson
Wild About Us by Karen Beaumont


Blast Off! by Nate Ball
The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman
Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
Mountain Dog by Magarita Engle
Night Sky Dragons by Mal Peet
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstilskin by Liesl Shurliff
The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors
The School is Alive! by Jack Chabert
Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Mass


Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History by Son Brown
A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz
Boy, Were We Wrong About the Weather! by Kathleen Kudlinski
Creature Features: 25 Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do by Steve Jenkins
Eat Like a Bear by April Pulley Sayre
Friends For Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Suzanne Slade
Gravity by Jason Chin
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Kathrtine Appl;egate
No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart
Stubby the Dog Soldier: World War I Hero by B. A. Hoena

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