June 19-23

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.2.4:  Show an appreciation for literature by electing to read for pleasure and expressing an interest in various literary genres.

Students receive suggested summer reading ideas from Seattle Public Library and NE Teacher-librarians. Interested readers may choose to participate in Bryant Summer Reading Bingo.


June 12-16

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Learning Standard 2.3.1: Select and use common applications.

We revisit Bryant Library electronic resources for over the summer. Students receive instructional bookmark for how to access from home.


June 5-9

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 1.3.1: Respect copyright/ intellectual property rights of creators and producers.

We discuss plagiarism and review how to cite sources.


May 30-June 2

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 1.3.3c: Begin to recognize potential bias in websites.

Partners complete website veracity and we review student-created guidelines.


May 22-26

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 1.3.3c: Begin to recognize potential bias in websites.

Partners independently explore websites to determine veracity using checklist.


May 15-19

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 1.3.3c: Begin to recognize potential bias in websites.

As whole class, we explore a website to determine veracity using checklist.


May 8-12

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 2.1.1a: Practice the safe, responsible sharing of information online.

Partners complete exploration of Digital Passport.


May 1-5

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 2.1.1a: Practice the safe, responsible sharing of information online.

Partners practice aspects of digital citizenship via Common Sense media website.


April 24-28

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 1.1.1: Follow an inquiry- based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects, and make the real- world connection for using this process in own life.

Answering the essential question, “How can Boolean operators” help us search more efficiently?” partners practice inquiries.


April 17-21

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Foundation Standard 4.4b: Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, students perform a Reader’s Theatre on classic “The Spider and the Fly.”


April 3-7

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Foundation Standard 4.4b: Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

In preparation for our author visit with Brandon Mull, students perform his Reader’s Theatre script, “Dragon Lovers Anonymous.”


March 27-31

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking & 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 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

In preparation for our author visit with Brandon Mull, we discuss Fantasy genre.


March 20-24

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Partners complete finding supporting and refuting evidence in eBook Wagons Ho!


March 13-17

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Partners look for supporting and refuting evidence in eBook Wagons Ho!


March 6-10

Art docent lesson with Junior League paintings and sculptures.


February 27-March 3

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 4.3: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Partners complete exploration of Oregon Trail on Encyclopedia Brittanica.


February 13-16

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 4.3: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Partners use online version of Encyclopedia Brittanica to explore Oregon Trail.

February 6-10

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.

Students locate a favorite text and report back in small group what makes it a favorite text. We share out ideas for great reads.


January  30-February 3

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

We perform a Reader’s Theatre script and discern evidence supporting or refuting a statement.


January  23-27

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

We perform a Reader’s Theatre script with attention to intonation.


January  17-20

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 1d: Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

Students finish note-taking and prepare making persuasive appeals to Bryant community.


January  9-13

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 1d: Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

In preparation for a project-based unit on blood donation, students write key word notes as they view testimonials from Puget Sound Blood Bank recipients.


January  3-6

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 4.2: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

We read Separate is Never Equal, about the first federal case challenging school segregation. Students point to evidence supporting the title and theme.


December 12-16

Due to annual book fair, library available for check outs only this week.


December 5-9

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

We read Ada’s Violin, abut the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. Students point to evidence that supports the author’s point, “A symphony of sound helped to lift them beyond the heat, the stench, and their aching backs.”


November 28-December 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.

After reading two more American Indian folktales, table groups respond to prompt to identify what commonalities the stories share.


November 14-18

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 discuss elements of folk literature, relating them to Coastal Indian folktales.


November 7-11

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

Students use Novelist K-8 to find “read-alikes.”


October 31-November 4

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 4.1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

We survey students’ prior knowledge for the Day of the Dead. We then read Duncan Tonatiuh’s Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras. Students identify textual evidence which supports or refutes initial understanding.


October 24-28

Learning Target: Washington State Social Studies Standard 1.4.1: Understands that civic participation involves being informed about public issues and voting in elections.

We watch short videos on the electoral process, including the electoral college. Partners then compete in a review game of Kahoot!


October 17-21

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.

We form two teams to compete in answering questions about Jon Scieszka’s short story, “Under the Rug.” Global Reading Challenge forms will be distributed to interested students.


October 10-13

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.

To glimpse what it’s like to participate in Seattle Public Library’s Global Reading Challenge, readers will be on teams. They will hear a short story by Jon Scieszka in preparation for a fact-based Jeopardy game next week!


October 3-7

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

Student partners collaborate on a scavenger hunt using our library’s online catalog.


September 26-30

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 4.1: 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.

Student partners collaborate in a Kahoot quiz about Bryant Library policies and procedures.