Third grade library classes have been learning about the benefits of reading graphic novels. Graphic novels help students build vocabulary, improve comprehension, and learn about story elements. Readers are also motivated to read more when they have access to graphic novels and comics. Graphic novels require readers to pay attention to both the illustrations and the text. Readers also infer and make connections as they read graphic novels.
Students watched part of this video from Capstone, which shows how graphic novels are created.
Mr. Carter’s class recently celebrated World Read Aloud Day by connecting with a class in Ecuador. Students shared books that Mr. Carter had read aloud this year. The students wrote and recited book talks for each read aloud. You can see videos of the students’ book talks below.
Students in 4th and 5th grades may now vote for the 2015/2016 Maine Student Book Award. The online ballot will remain open until 3/31. Students must read 3 or more books from the MSBA reading list to be eligible to vote.
A group of Falmouth High School students, Mr. Carter and Mrs. Bachman recently traveled to Guatemala to work with Safe Passage. The Safe Passage school library is in need of books published in Spanish.
All students in grades K-5 participated in the FES Mock Caldecott program at Falmouth Elementary School. Students read 8 picture books that are eligible for the 2016 Caldecott Medal and focused on the illustrations and the artists’ techniques.
Students voted for the book they thought had the best illustrations.
The winner of the 2016 FES Mock Caldecott Award is…
illustrated by Bryan Collier
written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
Abrams Books for Young Readers
There were two Honor Books:
The Night World
by Mordicai Gerstein
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
by Pamelia Zagarenski
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
Fourth and fifth grade students in the FES Mock Newbery Book Club voted for the book they thought were “distinguished.”
The winner of the 2016 FES Mock Newbery Award is…
The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
It’s Picture Book Month! All month we’ve been celebrating picture books at Falmouth Elementary School.
Mrs. Taylor created a lovely art display featuring favorite picture books from FES teachers.
Mrs. Wiberg’s 3rd grade students had the opportunity to read The Night World with Mrs. Amolo’s 3rd grade library classes in Georgia via Skype. In addition to celebrating Picture Book Month, the students discussed the art in the book for the Mock Caldecott.
Last week Mrs. Canty’s class and Ms. Burt’s class took part in a Picture Book Smackdown via Google Hangouts. Students connected with author Laurie Ann Thompson and students from Georgia, Texas, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Special thanks to school librarian, Andy Plemmons, from Athens, Georgia for organizing the Picture Book Smackdown for the 3rd year!
Fifth grade students in Miss Wheeler’s class created special Picture Book Month Certificates and shared their favorite picture books with their Kindergarten buddies.