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August 2013

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The change in our classroom was subtle at first. When my students began writing the word we with two i’s, I smiled and talked about the more traditional spelling of the word. When students came to school with a clear understanding of what it meant to get to the next level or to have several lives, I took notice of the new vocabulary they had.

And when I had to explain why iPod didn’t start with an upper case letter the way proper nouns usually did, well, I decided all of the rules were up for grabs. The changes I have mentioned are rather superficial, but they are indicators of a large shift that has been taking place in the way that I teach literacy.  Meet Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning first grade teacher who incorporates technology into her classroom to give her students an authentic audience and a portal to the world. She blogs at Primary Preoccupation and with her students at Ms. Cassidy's Classroom Blog. Follow her on Twitter @kathycassidy. Her first book, from Powerful Learning Press, is Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades.


Green Mountain Library News


August, 2013


Welcome to your August news from your Library. So much to do, so many new books to read, definitely not enough time. With some “tweaking” I have added some new Library procedures that are exciting and more beneficial to our GMT readers and to you. Take a moment to check out these teaching  resources this month. Thank you for your continued support and patience.


New pages for your educational connection: I've been busy creating a few new tech connections for your insights and our staff meetings. Please take a moment to browse these links and be ready to share at least one new insight at our next meeting......

Quick Learnings for your Classroom


Common Core Standard to AASL Learning Standard(s) Crosswalk


Featured Events: Our "One School, Many Poets" will begin as soon as you begin welcoming back students.  Lisa and I are waiting for poetry titles to order for your classroom use, simply send me an email with the poet's name and/or book title.  I've updated our student poetry connection page, take a moment to get to know it.  Present it or discover it together during the beginning week of school. I have created poetry notebooks with a wide variety of poems that you could copy for classroom use, I had students practice their penmanship by copying the poem exactly as it is designed. They created poetry notebooks in which they kept these poems in, as well as those that they created through out the year. 



Who Author Focus: I will be focusing on various poets in the library this year including seasonal poems and fantasy poems that relate to opening a book to discover the "world within the words."  Reading Rockets has a great poetry selection and instructional page to get your ideas flowing. 


Non-Fiction Focus: Poetry, verse, rhymes, and advertisement jingles.


Library Skills:


 KD-3rd Grades: Library target #1, locating the “Just Right Book For Me,” is being modeled and discussed as this month’s focus. This month, your students have been investigating the following literary themes, which have been providing many great giggles and discussions as we compare and contrast these literature picks:


Book Titles:

Literary Skill/Link


Various back to school poems 

CC.K.L.6 Vocabulary Acquisition and Use: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.

CC.K.R.I.1 Key Ideas and Details: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


Various back to school poems 

CC.1.L.5 Vocabulary Acquisition and Use: With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings. 

CC.1.R.I.1 Key Ideas and Details: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


Shel Silverstein 

CC.2.R.L.1 Key Ideas and Details: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

CC.2.R.I.8 Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.


Jack Prelutsky 

CC.3.L.4.a Vocabulary Acquisition and Use: Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

CC.3.L.5.a Vocabulary Acquisition and Use: Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).

CC.4.R.L.1 Key Ideas and Details: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


All Students: Grades KD-6, if you find that you are in need of a quick learning transitional period, why not use your Elmo and let the class practice their skills with one of these learning links: . This would be a perfect opportunity for me to tap into lessons you are beginning or finishing. Please send me an email if you would like to collaborate on an instructional pathfinder for your students to investigate during this month.


If you have an area of focus, or student work, or a great lesson that you would like to have extended into the Library, it only takes a quick moment to share with me. I’m only an email away.

Your Common Core Connection


Lexile Reading and AR Levels


T1/LAP/Library Schedule  ***please take a moment to check to see if these times still work for you this year, we will be rescheduling our first days back***




Library Reads Logo Color 266x300 LibraryReads Book Discovery Program To Launch | ALA Annual 2013

Book choices just for you! 

Reading Rockets Home 

Reading widgets for your website




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