Wednesday, October 21, 2015

If you have never read a book by Lauren Child, you are in for a treat. Imagine being part of a fairy tale. In Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book, Herb meets Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel and even the Fairy Godmother. But something is wrong in the land of fairy tales. Can Herb figure it out and help put things right? Don't be afraid to look for this and other books by Lauren Child in our library. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Welcome Back!

Can you believe that it's almost time for school to start again? Wait until you see how shiny and new our Elementary School looks!

Things in the library haven't change too much, but it's great to walk into a clean, shiny space. New books should be coming in any day and we are working hard to find the best titles for everyone to read.

Stop in Thursday from 4:30 - 7:30 during the Open House and be sure to say HI! I've missed all my student friends and am so excited to be starting a new school year. See you soon!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fourth Grade will be out of the building this week enjoying a field trip to North Star Bison. If you have never been out to see the bison, there is a ten-minute video on their website to show you what the kids will see.

Then it's the third grade's turn to visit the Cable Nature History Museum. The mission of the museum is: "Connecting people to Northwoods nature through educational experiences that inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility". There is free admission every Tuesday from 10:00 to 4:00 pm.

Also next week, our 'graduating' fourth graders will take a trip to Hayward to see the world famous Fred Scheer Lumberjack Show. This hour of fun gives students a glimpse into the skills used to build our great state in the days before power machinery.

Enjoy your field trips students!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Family Math Day 2015

The handout given on Family Math Day includes links to many math websites. The list below is the same as the one in the handout, but allows you to click on the links for easy access. Enjoy!

INTERNET BASED MATH PRACTICE:  To find these websites from any device that can access the internet just go to the Spooner Area School District home page. Click the link for STUDENTS > SES STUDENTS > ELEMENTARY LINKS AND FAVORITES

MATH EXPRESSIONS. Look here to access games, online textbooks, definitions and manipulatives that match our Math series.

Also related to the classroom math units is MEGA MATH, sorted by grade. It helps to know what unit students are working on, or they can explore and try something new.  Many of these activities require sound, but some can be figured out without sound. Lots of choices.  :  iXL is a site that our district subscribes to for students. For the Username, type the first letter of their first name and their entire last name. The password is usually their lunch number. Some teachers have assigned a different password that students should know.  iXL keeps track of what students work on, generates a report for teachers and awards ribbons and stickers as students complete math activities. Pre-readers can click to listen to the problem. : Another subscription site for our district students. There are Measurement games for Meters, Cups, Grams, Ounces, Perimeter and Temperature that can all be done without sound.   See the computer lab helpers for USERNAME and PASSWORD.

Additional websites that 1st through 4th graders may want to explore:  

· : Math Games on have integrated Common Core State Standards. They also have a nice list of apps for iPad, iPod and Android.

· : Math Playground is a popular learning site filled with math games, logic puzzles, step-by-step instructional videos, math practice, and a variety of problem solving activities. A favorite of parents and teachers, Math Playground provides a very safe place for kids to learn and explore math concepts online at their own pace.

· : For ages 12 and under, Coolmath4Kids is an amusement park of math, games, and more, designed to teach math and make it FUN
·  - Students select Boy or Girl and a grade level then they work their way through math activities to move their playing piece. The website generates a code to save their progress and  is used next time the student logs in.
· -This site has a number of fun math activities. Horseracing, basketball practice and other sports help kids to review their math facts.

·         INTERNET FOR CLASSROOMS has indexed a number of helpful links to other websites categorized by grade level and subject.  There is a lot of content here to explore.  -

o  - Here you will find Practice Math Tests sorted by grade level.  This Grade 2 link for instance goes to the review questions from our math textbooks.

·  COUNT US IN:  Games designed to help children understand basic number concepts.

·  -- When you click on a grade level you will see a sample screenshot of the activity and a short description.  Links take students to other websites which are all Common Core aligned.

·  This clean and simple website has flashcards that students can choose what type of operation to work on, and limit the number of facts (10 to 100). When they are done, the score is listed below the card. Next they can make changes and Restart.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Practice test


Before you start the practice you might want to watch this 15 minute video tutorial about how to use the tools in the exam.

3rd and 4th grade students, please click this link to sign in to the practice test.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Golden Archer Award

One other award that is chosen by students in Wisconsin every year is called the Golden Archer Award.

Students Choosing Winning Literature Since 1974

Books are selected by a committee and then voted on by students.
One vote per student with final votes due by March 1st.

PRIMARY (Students in kindergarten – 3rd grade) NOMINEES ARE:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015 Book Awards

It's book award season, that exciting time of year when several organizations announce winners for literature and illustrations for picture books.

Here is the press release from the Children's Cooperative Book Center in Madison with the winners for the Charlotte Zolotow Award. This year's winner Jenny Offill for Sparky!

One other award for the best book chosen by students in Wisconsin every year is called the Golden Archer Award.

Students Choosing Winning Literature Since 1974

Books are selected by a committee and then voted on by students.
One vote per student with final votes due by March 1st.
PRIMARY (Students in kindergarten – 3rd grade) NOMINEES ARE: 

1. The Dark   by Lemony Snicket (2013)
2. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (2013)
3. Oh, No!    by Candace Fleming (2012)
4. Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean (2013)
5. That is Not a Good Idea!   by Mo Willems (2013)

And, the winner is.....The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

This book was chosen by our elementary students as their favorite, and by students all over Wisconsin. Good choice students!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Spelling City

Here's a link to an old favorite, Spelling City. This link goes right to the 3rd grade lists. 
Check it out!