April 23-27

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 4.2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we read Thunderboy Jr. and determine theme. We will use this book as a precursor to making our own name poems.


April 16-20

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 4.2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

Table groups read poems from National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry to determine which theme the editor designated for each.


April 2-6

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.2.1b: Interact with others using email or other communication tools.

Groups complete Towner presentations and vote. Time permitting, students report on reading goals.


March 26-30

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.2.1b: Interact with others using email or other communication tools.

Groups complete Towner presentations and vote.


March 19-23

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.2.1b: Interact with others using email or other communication tools.

Student teams use OneNote to complete Towner nominee project. Groups begin presentations.


March 12-16

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 3.2.3: Demonstrate teamwork by working productively with others.

We begin a project with the Towner Award nominees, informational books selected for their appeal to elementary readers. Student teams use OneNote to complete.


February 26-March 9

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 3.2.3: Demonstrate teamwork by working productively with others.

Student teams closely examine Towner Award nominees for informational text features and reader appeal.


February 12-16

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 4.8: Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

In following classroom lessons around Black Lives Matter, we read The Case for Loving. Students identify evidence to support points.


February 5-9

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 4.4: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

We debrief goal setting and students share favorite reads.


January 29-February 2

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 4.9: Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.

We read Coastal Native American legends to see how they fit with our understanding of Folk Literature.


January 22-26

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Foundation Standard 4b: Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

Students perform a Reader’s Theatre from book Freedom on the Menu.


January 16-19

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.3.2a: Gather information using selected digital resources.

Students visit Novelist K-8 website. Partners practice finding “read-alikes” for favorite titles.


January 8-12

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 3.3.5: Contribute to the exchange of ideas within and beyond the learning community.

Students share favorite titles, genres, and series when we play “Rolling Recommendations.”


January 2-5

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.1.1: Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth.

We read selections from Mac Barnett in preparation for his author visit on January 11.


December 4-8

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 4.1.1.1: Set reading goals.

Students determine what constitutes goal achievement: what does succeeding look like?


November  28–December 2

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 4.1.1.1: Set reading goals.

Students share ideas for reading goals and submit one for approval.


November 13-17

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 4.1.1.1: Set reading goals.

Students review reading interest inventory from previous week to begin formulating a reading goal for library.


November 6-10

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.3.2a: Gather information using selected digital resources.

Partners use our Online Patron Access Catalog (OPAC) in an electronic scavenger hunt.


October 30-November 3

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 4.4.1: Identify own areas of interest.

Students consider areas of reading interest in order to prepare a reading goal.


October 23-27

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.3.2a: Gather information using selected digital resources.

Partners continue familiarizing themselves with Britannica School in order to use independently.


October 16-20

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.3.2a: Gather information using selected digital resources.

We introduce students to Britannica School. Partners will take turns “driving” the program to find and record information.


October 9-12

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 5.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

So students may glimpse what it’s like to participate in the Global Reading Challenge, we play a Jeopardy game today, based upon last week’s reading of Bradbury’s “All Summer in a Day.”


October 2-6

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 4.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

We read Ray Bradbury’s short story, “All Summer in a Day,” in preparation for a reading quiz, so students may glimpse what it’s like to participate in the Global Reading Challenge.


September 25-29

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.SL.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Partners collaborate to compete in a Kahoot review of Bryant Library policies and procedures.


September 18-22

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Foundation Standard 4a: Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.

Students relate ideas from a readers’ theater to how we take care of ourselves in Bryant Library.

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