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: Common Core Writing Standard 3.3a: Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

Partners complete and print comics on digital citizenship.


May 30-June 2

Learning Target: Common Core Writing Standard 3.3a: Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

To demonstrate understanding of digital citizenship, partners begin drafting their situation in comic form.


May 22-26

Learning Target: Common Core Writing Standard 3.3a: Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

To demonstrate understanding of digital citizenship, partners discuss and plan cyberbullying situation and solution to present in comic form.


May 15-19

Learning Target: Washington State Educational Technology Standard 1.1.1: Generate ideas and create original works for personal and group expression using a variety of digital tools.

Students get acquainted with makebeliefscomix.com, in order to use digital tools to create cartoon.


May 10-14

Learning Target: Washington State Educational Technology Standard 2.3.2a: Use basic navigation skills to search for and find information.

Partners complete finding information on Culture Grams State Edition.


May 1-5

Learning Target: Washington State Educational Technology Standard 2.3.2a: Use basic navigation skills to search for and find information.

Partners find information on Culture Grams State Edition.


April 24-28

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Foundation Standard 3.4b: Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

Partners find a poetry book of interest and skim to find one poem to read to class.


April 17-21

Learning Target: Common Core Writing Standard 3.1a: Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.

We complete rock cycle activity and students share topic sentences.


April 3-7

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Foundation Standard 3.4b: 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 3.1: 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 3.2: Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

Student partners determine main idea of rock cycle infographic.


March 13-17

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking & Listening Standard 3.2: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Week 3 of Biography unit: Students compare and contrast the two biographies, in order to advance one to the next “bracket.”


March 6-10

Art docent lesson with Junior League paintings and sculptures.


February 13-17

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

Week 2 of Biography unit. We listen for main idea in order to choose favorite biography.


February 13-17

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

We begin our mini Biography unit. Over next two weeks, we read two biographies, which students whittle down to one option to share with other classes. We listen for main idea in order to choose favorite biography.


February 6-10

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

Using our online encyclopedia, partners explore a topic, recording key words and writing brief summaries.


January 30-February 3

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 3.3: Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

We read Fly Away Home, identify the conflict, and how it contributes to the story’s plot.


January 23-27

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.2.1: Display curiosity by pursuing interests through multiple resources.

We booktalk several series in nonfiction to introduce readers to new possibilities.


January 17-20

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

Partners differentiate between key words and subject searches to conduct searches on our library catalog.


January 9-13

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 3.9: Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

We read The Story of Ruby Bridges and compare/contrast with last week’s Separate is Not Equal, another informational text about civil rights.


January 3-6

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

We read Separate is Not Equal, to prepare comparing/contrasting it to another informational text about civil rights.


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 3.2: Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.

Choosing key words from their note-taking, partners determine a main idea and create topic sentences.


November 28-December 2

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

Partners practice using key word note-taking strategy with informational text on castles.


November 14-18

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

After partners watch a demonstration of using a key word summary approach to reading, they practice using it with informational text on castles.


November 7-11

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 3.6: Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.

We look at two versions of the same story of Ivan the shopping mall gorilla, both written by Katherine Applegate. Students identify different points of view, and their effect on the reader.


October 31-November 4

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Writing Standard 3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

Partners will refer to the facts they recorded last week from PebbleGo, in order to make a case for featuring Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton on the $100 bill.


October 24-28

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 3.9: Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

Partners will compare and contrast biographies of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump using PebbleGo.


October 17-21

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 1.3.2: Use digital technologies, communication/networking tools and social networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate and create information to successfully function in a knowledge economy.

Partners access online books from our library catalog.


October 10-13

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

Partners review how to find titles and authors using our Online Public Access Catalog.


October 3-7

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 3.7: Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).

In preparation for our author visit with Mac Barnett, we read President Taft is Stuck in the Bath. Students look for places of exaggeration versus what is likely historical.


September 26-30

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 3.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Partners collaborate to respond to quiz questions (on Kahoot) about taking care of Bryant Library.