Hale Elementary 4th grade classes are proud to present their group poems.
"Shake Shake Shake"
Hard as a rock
Makes noise like a rattle snake's tail
Colorful design like a rainbow
It's as brown as a tree stump
It goes "shake shake shake"
It looks like a lollypop
Has a noise everyone wants to hear
You can hear from far, you can hear from near
It has a noise for all to hear
"Shake Shake Shake"
Looking for Egypt in a sand storm
Spinning around like a tornado
Golden pyramid appears
Bubbling water like a flooded aquarium
Up, down, shake around
sparkling glass with a snake head
The glitter sparkles like the moon light shining on the ocean.
Glitter is like a disco ball at a crazy party.
It's dazzling like a prom dress, astonishing like a diamond ring.
When you shake it in the bottle it sounds like maracas and it feels like sand on a beach.
The Arlington Public Library is excited to announce that we are recipients of a National Endowment for the Arts in Education grant to promote appreciation for and creation of poetry to Arlington’s youth. The library staff have begun our Poetry Challenges 2014 at some of the elementary school 4th graders.
The 4th graders were given objects as inspiration to create their own poems. Here are just a few of their examples.
From Morton Elementary:
Oh Owl, Oh Owl, How big your eyes are.
Your eyes are blue like the sky.
You are meant for Valentine's day,
and when we are together we soar and fly high.
Looks like a flower,
and bouncing with power.
With black studs,
looks like a mug holder for folders.
It bounces..boing, boing, boing.
Nya is in for a treat with her new literacy-packed basket!
The library’s early childhood literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0 to 24 months. Proud cardholders of a My First Library Card are eligible to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win a literacy basket designed just for babies!
Nya has enjoyed participanting in Miss Tamera’s Bouncing Babies and Mrs. Dawn's Toddler Time at the Lake Arlington branch. “Nya loves to sing Row Row Your Boat and read her favorite book I’m a Big Sister," said Mrs. Cummings. Nya’s has recently become a big sister and is looking forward to bringing her to storytime. Nya was very excited to be taking her literacy basket full of goodies home to share with her sister.
We hope Nya and her mom will love the puzzle, the animal magnets, and books that were in this month's basket!
You too can enter your child (age 0 to 24 months) in the monthly drawing for an early childhood literacy basket! Join us in all the fun at your local library!
Winning Is simple:
- Pick up a frequent user card from your local library.
- Each time you and your child attended a library storytime or check out a book using My First Library Card, you will receive a stamp from a library staff.
- Enter your completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after acquiring 8 stamps.
- Your card may be drawn to win a basket full of goodies including books, a music CD, and much more!
I am extremely excited that the Griot (gree-o) storyteller Melody Bell will be performing at the library’s upcoming Black History Festival. I have seen her several times and just love how she brings stories alive with dance, music, and poetry. Ms. Bell’s storytelling is always dramatic and energetic, especially when she gives the whole audience a chance to play drums and other traditional instruments along with her. I can not wait to join in at this amazing storytelling session that afternoon at 3:30pm! I hope to see your whole family there.
Ms. Bell is only one of the wonderful presenters at the event. Celebrate African-American history and culture with a variety of featured exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures, film, kids’ crafts and more. This family festival will take place at the Central Library on Saturday, February 22, from 12 – 5p.m.
Please visit the library’s Black History Month Festivalpage to see the current schedule and list of activities.
Accelerated Reader is a special program in which some schools participate. Students read specific books and take tests at their school for points. The best way to see if a book is on the school's AR List is to refer to the school's library website. By accessing that library's site, you should be able to refer to the list and see what books each school includes on their list.
Another way you can search for AR books is by typing in "Accelerated Reader" into the catalog. If you have a particular level, such as "accelerated reader ar lg 2.8 0.5", by typing that into the search box, the field will narrow. To translate, this search means that you are looking for an accelerated reader book for the lower grades, grade level 2.8 worth .5 points. However, this should be checked against the list available on each school's website as all books do not have available tests at all sites.
Start Black History Month off right with this list of empowering books for African American girls. For a complete description of each of the books, check out For Harriet. They also have a list of 25 More Empowering Books for Black Girls.
Have you ever wanted to create lightning? How about testing your reflexes to see if you have what it takes to be a Jedi Knight? Learn how to do these and many other experiments with The Star Wars Science Fair Book.
There are over 30 different experiments to try! Learn how to detect lies, create optical illusions to trick people’s eyes, and find out how to move objects without even touching them. Investigate the science behind Star Wars.
Check out these other awesome books filled with science experiments!
I had another year of reading and listening to so many great books. Here are the five (well ok, six ) stories that I thought were the best of the best.
5. North of Norwhere by Liz Kessler- I could not put this book down; I was just as curious as Mia as she travels to a sleepy seaside village of Porthaven to help her grandmother when her granddad mysteriously vanishes. The sitation becomes even more mystifing when Mia discovers a diary on an empty fishing boat and begins exchanging notes with a local girl who makes excuses for not meeting Mia in person.
4. Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black
This was a sweet story that I found this year to read at my holiday storytime.
“A king buys some soft, red cloth to make the perfect Christmas gift for his daughter. Little does he know that the left-over cloth will be used to make presents for many more of the kingdom's inhabitants, right down to the last teeny bit of cloth which is made into a scarf just right for a mouse"
I have a tie for my 3rd favorite. Both of these books are great to share to school groups. The first one is a picture book for the K-1st grade. The second title is a wonderful non-fiction book for 3rd-6th graders.
3a. Oh, No by Candace Fleming -This is great read a-loud book about a series of animals falling into a deep hole, only to be saved at last by a very large rescuer.
3b. ZooBorns : the newest, cutest animals from the world's zoos and aquariums by Andrew Bleiman & Chris Eastland.
If you want to see the cutest animals ever, then you need to check out this book! Based on the popular blog of the same name, "ZooBorns" features the newest and cutest exotic animal babies from accredited zoos and aquariums around the world. It also includes a glossary with fun facts about each baby.
2. The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis- I enjoyed listening to this book of spunky twelve-year-old Deza and the Malone family during the Great Depression. Mr. Curtis gives a realistic view about this trying time period but shows with love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family" -Deza, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents can endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan.
1. Tuesday at the Castle by Jessica Day George -I just loved this story about eleven-year-old Princess Celie who lives with her parents, the king and queen, and her brothers and sister in the magical Castle Glower. The castle adds rooms or stairways or secret passageways most every Tuesday. When the king and queen are ambushed while travelling, it is up to Celie--the castle's favorite--with her secret knowledge of its never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.
What was your favorite story from the past year? Leave a comment.
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