Narrative Writing Brainstorm

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is an excellent example of a series of things that all add up to be one of Alexander’s worst days ever.  What are some ideas you have for a series of events that would be your terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day?

We’ll use this Padlet to record and share our ideas.

Mid-Year Library Evaluation

Please take a moment to provide your honest and constructive feedback regarding our library.  I use information provided in these surveys to:

  • Make changes in our library
  • Add new books to our library
  • Beg Ms. Campbell and our PTSA for more money for our library
  • Improve as a teacher

Thank you!
Mrs. Wynkoop

October by the Numbers

In October, our 711 #ravensreaders checked out 3,635 books and placed 364 holds.  Our books currently with the most holds include:

The Getaway by Jeff Kinney
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Swing it Sunny by Jennifer Holm
It by Stephen King
Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The library continues to be a favorite destination for our students, both first and second lunches.  In October first lunch averaged just over 70 students each day and second lunch just of 50 students a day.  In total, almost 2,500 students used our library during lunches in October.

In October, 76 classes came to the library for collaborative lessons and to check out books.  Our LA department has a real commitment to honoring and fueling the reading lives our our students and regular visits to the library are part of that commitment.

Lastly, in October we added 134 new books to our library, 10 magazine titles, 22 playaway audio books, 2 LCD collaborative screens, 5 iPAD catalog stations, a 3D Printer and 15 student iPads.

September – In like a lion

It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of September.  While there were plenty of bumps along the way, all of our students came to the library during the first 2 weeks of school AND we checked out over 2,500 books!

I caved and bought a copy of It by Stephen King for our collection.  While I want to be able to respond to student interest I also want to be respectful of the wide developmental range our 11-14 year old students have.  In the end, I always tell our readers to “choose what is right for you and your family.”  Middle School is the perfect time for our readers to spread their wings and try new things and book selection is an incredibly empowering act.

Tuesday 9/26 was the publication date of Katherine Applegate’s newest novel Wishtree.  We had 30 holds on this title before it was even published.  A quick trip to the book store Tuesday night and Wednesday morning we delivered 8 copies to our #RavensReaders during first period.

In addition to coming to the library with their classes, students have found that the library is a great place to be 20 minutes before and after school as well as during most lunch periods.  While we are still waiting for our comfortable “soft” furniture, students are making good use of the spaces we do have.

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