To begin our school year in the library and to celebrate the joy of reading, every class experienced the poetry of Kwame Alexander from his picture book poem:
How to Read a Book
Next, dozens of great book recommendations were given to all grade levels through the presentations of The 2020 Illinois Readers Choice Award Nominees:
Students in grades 3-5 have been introduced to 20 nominees for the Bluestem Award. With a variety of fiction and non-fiction, picture books and novels, there is a genre for everyone. Below is a list of the 20 nominees for the Illinois Bluestem Award:
2020 Bluestem Award
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in the Rebecca Caudill Award process. There are 20 books nominated for this Illinois State award, 15 of which were presented to our 4th and 5th graders. In the Spring, eligible students will join other 4th-8th grade students in Illinois and be able to vote for their favorite 2020 Rebecca Caudill title:
2020 Rebecca Caudill Award
Genres - Groups of fourth graders were presented with baskets holding nine books, each from a different genre. After a review of genres, these student groups were asked to sort the books into the nine genres discussed. After assigning a genre to each book in their basket, students will present their matches and explain why they feel the books fit into the genres selected.
State/Place of Interest Research - Students selected a state and then selected a place of interest within that state to research. The information they are gathering will be used to develop a travel plan for visiting that place. Students will create a tri-fold brochure to highlight the most important aspects of their place of interest, including the location, history, things to see, and the best way to travel to their place.
eLearning - D96 Elementary eLibrary Website