What do we like to read?

This week many of the intermediate students are completing reading surveys on the library blog. We want to know what kinds of books students like to read, when they like to read and how they read. This information will be shared with me and the classroom teacher so we can learn more about our students as readers and be better teachers of reading for them. You can check out the surveys under Divisions 1-5 under the South Slope page.

Check out this award winning stop motion animated film about reading. Reading is a beautiful thing. We hope everyone can get lost in a book or 2 or 3 or 4 or more this school year.

What do you like to read? Leave your comments below.

Reading Club reaches 200 nights!

April 12th marks 200 nights of reading!

Staff and students may hand in their pink 200 nights forms into the library and pick up their new blue 250 nights form from the library door.  
Thank you to all of you who are participating and encouraging students to participate.  As of March 14th we had travelled 25400km! We just need to read across the Pacific Ocean and we will have read around the world!!!

As we didn’t have our regular assembly in March, here are the book draw winners for 150 nights of reading.  They may come to the library on Monday to choose their books.

Teacher winner: Marilyn

BCSD student: Marissa

Intermediates South Slope:
Brooklyn 1
Lirukshman 1
Joash 2
Emma 3
Andy 4
Shannon 5

Primaries South Slope:

Syzmon 10
Kihan 9
Spike 8
Iris 7
Reya 6
Cole 5

Battle of the Books begins!

On Wednesday, March 14th the Battle of the Books will begin at South Slope Elementary.  Divisions 1 and 2 will combine together to form 6 teams and will “battle” it out on Thursdays beginning March 29th.  The school based final will be April 26th and the interschool final will be on Tuesday May1st.  Students will be introduced to all the books on Wednesday and will choose one to read over Spring Break.

Check out the prezi below to learn more about the books. Happy reading and good luck Divisions 1 and 2!


Martin Luther King Day

On Monday, January 16th it was Martin Luther King Day.  Although this is celebrated in the US, it is also significant to Canadians and Canadian history.

Division 3 and 4 have been learning about the biography genre.  One of the biographies introduced last week was Martin Luther King Jr.  However, most students were unfamiliar with him and his accomplishments.

Today Division 3 heard Martin’s Big Words in the library.  It is a picture book biography that gives important background information to the civil rights movement and Dr. King. 

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We also looked at The King Center site and watched a clip of Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech.  Click here to see the teachertube version.

Other great books related to this subject:

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Come and see Mrs. Araujo in the library if you would like to check out these books on Martin Luther King Jr. or any other biographies.


Reading online with Tumblebooks

Last week Division 8 came into the computer lab for their library storytime.  We listened and watched the very funny Let’s do Nothing by Tony Fucile on Tumblebooks.

Tumblebooks is an online resource that students can use to listen and watch great books online.  There are many books to choose from including Robert Munsch titles read by Robert Munsch! Click here to visit BPL’s page, Hear a Story, and explore Tumblebooks and other fantastic online reading resources.

Want to know how to access these great books from our library home page?  Check with students in Ms. Cole’s class or come and see Mrs. Araujo in the library.

Happy Reading!

Reading Club reaches 8250km!!!!!

Hello everyone,

Congratulations! As of Dec 1st 165 students and staff completed in their 50 nights of reading! We have travelled across Canada and are now just past Newfoundland over the Atlantic.  Names are now posted on the bulletin board beside the lunch room.  

Thank you for completing your forms and promoting the Reading Club.  Remember it’s never too late to join.  Come pick up your forms at the library any time.

The World’s Largest Animals

On Monday, October 17th Division 8 was introduced to a new non-fiction series about the world’s largest animals. 

We read a book about the Red Kangaroo and learned what a “marsupial” was.

Are you interested in the world’s biggest animals?  Come to library and check it these books and more!

Searching the Web

Divisions 1 and 2 have been learning how to search for information online using a variety of sources.

We have looked at World Book Online.  A great reference that is available through our school district.  All students should have the password in their planners.  Please see Mrs. Araujo in the library if you need the password.

Webpath Express, available through Burnaby South’s library catalogue, is another way to search for sources of information.  It is available on the Library Home Page under Online Resources. Use Webpath Express in your research to find variety of sites that include site summaries and reading grade levels.

Need help finding what you’re looking for on the Internet?  Are you getting too many results?  Learn about Boolean searches using these sites:

Learn to Boolify

The Boolean Machine

How do you know whether a web site is reliable?  Use this checklist to help you:

Critical Evaluation of a Web site by Kathy Schrock

Any questions Division 1 and 2 students?  Please post them here or come and see me in the library.


Text Features with Divisions 8 and 9

On Friday the grade one and two students from divisions 8 and 9 learned about text features in the library.  We read some great books from the Blastoff! Reader series and found features like tables of contents, indexes, glossaries, bold words and more.  Come check out these great books and more at the library!