Thursday, February 26, 2015

AR Tips for FHSA Read a Million Words School-wide Challenge

The challenge to Read A Million Words (School-wide) begins on March 2, Dr. Seuss' Birthday.  Students are encouraged to keep a reading log, and consider the following steps:

(1)   Select books that you would like to read: 

At School (search for titles by clicking Ctrl F > type the title or author): (search outside of school) or use the online card catalog (accessible only at school):  

At the Public Library:

At > login to search, select, and view the info tab for AR tags

At Home/Other

(2)   When you are not sure, check to see if books are AR using the Book Finder:

-Locate and Click AR Finder:

-Select Type of User (Student, Parent, etc)

-Search for the Book Title

-If found, click on the Book Title to Get Book Details including Word Count

(3)   Begin logging and reading the book(s). Once students complete the book(s), he or she should be sure to complete the reading log information with word count.  At school (only at school), the student can access the Accelerated Reader Quiz (K and 1st grade must be approved to quiz based upon DRA).  However, all students can complete the reading log to report to the classroom teacher and media specialist.  Kindergarten and 1st grade will have class/group quiz options for Accelerated Reader awareness.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Read A Million Words (Beginning March 2)

Beginning March 2, in honor of  Dr. Seuss' Birthday, let's read 1 million words.  Students participate by reading and quizzing on Accelerated Reader books beginning March 2.  Once the total words read by students (school-wide) reaches 1 million, all participating students will be given a coupon to participate in a designated no uniform day.  Remember many Myon books are also AR books (check the info tab).  Tips:

Throughout the school year, individual students that reach 1 million words or more also receive special recognition.  Honorees as of Februrary 12, 2015:

John Majors 3,105,328 - Kamanga's 5th Grade
Youssef Tazoui 3,063,729 - Kamanga's 5th Grade
Kirthianjana Selvam 1,067,406 - Bishop's 5th Grade 

Come and help celebrate these students March 2 at Orange Leaf-Cantrel (if rain/snow, March 5)  Drop-in from 6pm-7pm or purchase yogurt to benefit the Library Media Center during store hours all day. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Accelerated Reader 360

Student Overview

Login to Accelerated Reader > Click Instruction Reading > View Getting Started > Student Overview Video

Teacher Overview

Login to Accelerated Reader > Click Instruction Reading > View Getting Started > Teacher Overview Video

Author's Purpose

What is Author's Purpose?

The author's purpose tells why he/she wrote the story: to inform, persuade, and/or entertain.  These are just 3 simple reasons to start thinking about when reading to understand a text.
Why is Does Author's Purpose Matter?

"Why does author's purpose matter? It matter's because understanding not only the "why" the author wrote the story but the "how" the author wrote the story tunes us in to what we should know by the end of the text. Essentially, understanding the reason behind the writing will help with the understanding of the writing." from The Picture Book Teacher's Edtion Blog 

3 Questions and examples:

Author's Purpose is easy as PIE

Taken from

Tea Cakes for Tosh (African-American History and Family Tree)

Tea Cakes for Tosh (Book Trailer) or view on Gaggle Tube: Tea Cakes for Tosh Book Trailer

Tea Cakes for Tosh (Kid Connection)

Family Tree (fill-in printable) (Online Activity)

Author's Purpose (Why did the author write this story?)
Click to learn more author's purpose: 

Teaching Resources
(Tea Cake Family Tree Page 14)

Class Resources: Anonymous Answer

One Answer 

More than one answer:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Finding and Using Information Websites

Shelvers Fiction (K-5th):
Standard: IL.1.K.1*, IL.1.1.1*, IL.1.2.1, IL.1.3.1  Recognize the purpose and organization of the school  library media center · major sections (author’s last name (alphabetically)*, Dewey Decimal classification (numerically by subject), easy, fiction, nonfiction, reference, digital resources)

IL.1.X.5 Utilize text features to locate information (e.g., headings, bold print, illustrations, italics, electronic menus, icons, subheadings, diagrams, keywords, sidebars, hyperlinks, captions, tabs, maps, photographs)

Additional Websites:
Make a Word (K)

Last Chance to Buy From the Book Fair (Online Feb. 19 to Midnight)

Your Last Chance to Buy

From the Book Fair is Online

February 19 Until Midnight

Thursday, February 12, 2015

21st Century Literacy Celebration 1st Semester

21st Century Literacy Certificate and Photo Recognition
(For Top Reading, Nominated Tech Projects, & More)

February 16 Make-up Celebration on March 2
Orange Leaf-Cantrell/Drop-in 6pm-7pm/All Day Benefit-Mention FHSA



Ms. Wicker's 2nd Grade  - Top Myon -2, 460 Books Read

Ms. Lucas's 4th Grade - Google Slides/Space Project

Ms. Bishop's 5th Grade - PTSA Read-A-Thon Winners

Ms. Harris's 2nd Grade  - Administrator's Website Recognition

Accelerated Reader Top Word Count

John Majors 3,105,328 - Kamanga's 5th Grade
                        Youssef Tazoui 3,063,729 - Kamanga's 5th Grade                         
Kirthianjana Selvam 1,067,406 - Bishop's 5th Grade

Additional Top AR and Top Myon as Announced

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Mighty Miss Malone (African-American History and The Great Depression)

You are completing prereading and other activities for the book, The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis.  Complete each of the following activities:

(1) Use the following chart to tell what you know already about one of the themes in the book:

The Great Depression
African-American History  (Input Your Name, Teacher, theme chosen as the topic, and K only then submit).

(2) View the Book Trailer for The Mighty Miss Malone (Gaggle Tube):

(3) Read the summary by Scholastic for The Mighty Miss Malone

(4) Do a KLEW Chart: (Input Your Name, Teacher, theme chosen as the topic, and the following: L-Learning/Learned, E-Evidence/Source for information learned about the topic (example: video book trailer, social studies book, etc.) and W-What you are wondering about the topic so far and then submit) > Click Read an Article >

K-Know, W-Want to Know, and L-Learned


E-Evidence of what you are learning (source title and page, description of when/where
W-What are you wondering about so far

(5) After completing the prereading activities, login to Renaissance Place:  (also on the FHSA Symbaloo) >  click read an article > see My Group Library > Check to see if the sample of the Mighty Miss Malone is available > If so, access the book using your Gaggle Login for Google Play.  Begin reading the book and see Mrs. Williams if it is not available or if there are any problems.

Note: You can also read about the Great Depression Using Myon (Migrant Mother: How a Photograph Defined the Great Depression) or by utilizing the additional resources below.

Additional Resources

African-American Life During the Great Depression from

"The Great Depression of the 1930s worsened the already bleak economic situation of African Americans. They were the first to be laid off from their jobs, and they suffered from an unemployment rate two to three times that of whites. In early public assistance programs African Americans often received substantially less aid than whites, and some charitable
organizations even excluded blacks from their soup kitchens." Click the Link to Read More

Great Depression Facts from

  • " Some people who became homeless would ride on railroad cars, because they didn’t have money to travel. Some believe that more than 50,000 people were injured or killed while jumping trains. Many of these people traveled together and were called hobos.
  • Almost half of the children who were living in the United States at that time did not have enough food, shelter, or medical care. Many suffered diseases. By the 1930s, thousands of schools were operating on reduced hours or were closed down entirely. Some three million children had left school, and at least 200,000 took to riding the rails either with their parents or as orphans.
  • African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans and women were bitterly discriminated and the hardest hit during the Great Depression. They were looked at as the groups that could take jobs away from white men. The Great Depression also changed the family in several ways. Many couples delayed getting married, and divorce rates and birth rates dropped. Some men also abandoned their families. A 1940 poll revealed that 1.5 million married women had been abandoned by their husbands."  Click to read more at:
Author's Purpose: 

QAR Chart:


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Teacher Resources

The Mighty Miss Malone


Additional Assignments and Summaries: 
The Mighty Miss Malone questions and/or summaries are due before the next library class if not completed during library time. Submit the completed work as a comment to this post Mighty Miss Malone Post on the Gaggle Library Class Wall.. In addition on your own each week,  read at least the next chapter using the free sample in AR 360 or Google Play Books.