August 16, 2017

Library BREAKOUT! 5th Grade Orientation

Welcome back, Eagles!

The Library has been officially open for business, and, boy, have we been swamped! Beginning Monday, our 5th graders got their official introduction to the East Middle Library, learning their way around by playing Library Breakout.

Their task: Open the Breakout Box.

The challenge: There are 5 locks that must be unlocked to open it!



After an introduction to the library's policies and procedures, our five table teams worked together to find a set of clues that would lead to a single lock's combination. Each team began with one clue, leading them to a specific book or reference entry somewhere in the library. If correct, the next clue could be found!

Each team had a total of four clues to solve. They had to put their library skills to use, finding nonfiction books by Dewey Decimal number and fiction books by author's last name. They also had to identify the purpose of specific reference books and locate specific information needed.




Not only did each table team need to work together to solve their clues and find the combination, the entire class needed to work together, as well, since the Breakout Box could ONLY been opened if ALL five locks were removed!

Five of our six classes were successful in breaking open the box before class time ended... and congratulations to Ms. Coradazzi's 5th block for the fastest time of 15 minutes, 8 seconds!




April 10, 2017

Category: Battle of the Books Titles of Past & Present

The 5th/6th Grade Reading BINGO card includes a category square for a Battle of the Books title from past or present. Did you know we participate in the district-wide Battle of the Books competition each year??

This intense event requires participants to read, as a team, a list of 20 pre-selected books and compete head-to-head in a trivia-style competition on those 20 books. The battles get fierce, but it's so much fun! Each year, the selection of books includes a wide variety of genres to appeal to any reader. If you haven't picked up one of these titles yet, now is your opportunity to check off this BINGO square!


The Night Gardener
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Crossover
The Madman of Piney Woods
The Great Greene Heist
Space Case
Dangerous
Zombie Baseball Beatdown
The Witch's Boy
Saving Lucas Biggs
Cinder
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
The War that Saved My Life
Roller Girl
The Jumbies
Serafina and the Black Cloak
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor (An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman)
Skink--No Surrender
Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary
Finding Audrey


East MS Library's favorite books »

April 5, 2017

Category: Novels told in Verse

Our 7th and 8th grade Reading BINGO card has a square for "a novel told in verse." Here's some info about what that means!

A novel told in verse is similar to a collection of poetry--flip through the pages and you'll see what appears to be many different poems. A novel in verse, though, tells one complete story, just like a novel does, by using a series of poems to tell that story. (In contrast, a poetry collection contains a series of unrelated poems.)

Novels in verse can be a very nice change of pace from reading a full, chaptered novel! Yes, they do read much faster, but they can also contain a fun rhythm and beat. The authors also had to be very selective with the words they used; a poem contains much fewer words than a novel, so the authors had to be very particular and pick the very best words to use to convey emotions and ideas. It's not as easy as it may seem!

Our Novels told in Verse are available now on the Spotlight shelf, and here are some of the titles you can browse and check out. Click on specific books to learn more....



Brown Girl Dreaming
The Crossover
Serafina's Promise
The Weight of Water
Street Love
Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War
Rhyme Schemer
Love That Dog
Inside Out & Back Again
Kaleidoscope Eyes
All the Broken Pieces
Words with Wings
Booked
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Locomotion
42 Miles
House Arrest
Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall
The Red Pencil
Garvey's Choice


East MS Library's favorite books »

April 3, 2017

It's Reading BINGO Time!!

April is School Library Month, and we're celebrating with our 3rd annual school-wide reading incentive program called Reading BINGO! This year, the BINGO cards are a little bit different for 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade, better correlating to grade-level expectations and requirements. Both cards also include new task squares that require an action rather than reading a single book!

Take a look below at both game cards below. The book you read for category squares is up to you as long as it fulfills the category's requirements. Once you've finished your book, fill out the Reading Log and share with your Advisory teacher so he/she can initial the square on your BINGO card.



Remember, your goal is to complete entire rows and/or columns on your card! Prizes will be awarded for completing multiple rows/columns as well as a prize to every Advisory class that reaches 100% participation. (That means just 1 book!)

Just a few simple rules:
  1. One book cannot count for multiple squares.
  2. All reading must be done from April 1-30.
  3. No picture books! (This is a MIDDLE school!)

Happy Reading!!

February 27, 2017

NEW BOOKS: 2/27/17


We feel like we've skipped winter this year, so now it's time to get a jump start on Spring Reading with some of these exciting new titles!

NEW SERIES!
The Popularity Papers (try if you like Dork Diaries)
Finishing School (steampunk adventure)
Ruby Redfort (13-year-old undercover agent)
Corpus (dystopian sci-fi)
Zack Delacruz (try if you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
Sherlock, Lupin, & Me (detective mysteries)
The Agency (historical adventures)
Monster High Diaries (humorous)
Moone Boy (another humor series for Wimpy Kid fans)

PLUS
Full-Color Dragon Ball-Z
Lego Batman
WWE
DC Comics Encyclopedia
Yu-Gi-Oh!

...and MORE!

January 23, 2017

Fall Book Club Recap

The library hosted four GREAT grade-level book clubs last semester. We just wanted to make sure these students got a big SHOUT-OUT for their fabulous dedication and discussion over the course of their 3-4 week sessions!


The 5th Grade read Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It's an inspiring story about Auggie Pullman, a fifth grade boy with a severe facial deformity that is starting school for the very first time. Having been home-schooled his entire life, this is the first time he's really encountering kids his own age on a regular basis, and he has to learn how to navigate middle school as a kid who is going to be labeled as "different." Our 5th graders delved into ideas of inclusion, acceptance, and the recognition that our words and behaviors can have a much bigger impact than we may think!


Our 6th graders read Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, a perfect middle school dystopian story about what happens when the moon is knocked closer to the Earth and natural disasters start to threaten life on our planet. Told as a diary of 15-year-old Miranda, the story follows her and her family's struggle for survival. This book was a favorite last year, and this year we got to conclude our discussion by Skyping with the author! Our group had fantastic questions for Ms. Pfeffer, and it was wonderful experience!


The 7th grade read a classic, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. It's a mystery about strangers brought together as a dead man's "hiers" who must solve a riddle to inherit his fortune. They're all living in the curious Sunset Towers apartment building, and imagine their surprise when they find out that Mr. Westing was actually murdered...and the murderer is amongst the hiers! This is a confusing but light-hearted, silly mystery, and we spent most of our discussion trying to follow what was happening and who was acting most suspicious!


Our 8th grade read the YA favorite Paper Towns by John Green. The main character, Quentin, has always been in love with his neighbor and childhood friend Margo, but they've drifted apart throughout high school. After she elicits his company for a one crazy night of adventure, he begins imaging a new future for the two of them, but by the morning, Margo has disappeared. Q's quest for his dream girl leads him places he would've never expected, teaching him a lot about the girl he thought he knew. Our group had great conversation on what it's like to grow up and discover new sides to people as we leave childhood behind and enter the adult world.


We look forward to our Spring book club meetings! Keep an eye and ear out for our next titles and schedules!