Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Bash Week!

This week, as the end of trimester award, some classes have earned a Book Bash Celebration! Classes that have filled their sticker charts in working towards our library goals got to celebrate with some free choice activities. Some chose free reading...

Some chose games from our Quick Links page...

 Many chose to work in collaborative groups with Snap Circuit sets...

And other chose to color & create bookmarks with Makerspace supplies. It was a fun and relaxing time to celebrate good choices all trimester!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Help Harry!

This week, 3rd graders have to "Help Harry"! I got this lesson idea from The Teacher Studio to do an introductory activity on teamwork to help harry, a small little craft puff with large eyes, see as far around the library as he can. The students got a bag of materials and a roll of tape to build something for him to see as high as possible without compromising his safety. They really got creative! Many students commented that they liked the challenge, and some got frustrated like in the Most Magnificent Thing book (image from
Either way, it was an excellent opportunity to think outside the box and work together on an activity!

Monday, November 7, 2016


We are gearing up for some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities, as well as the Hour of Code (December) in the library! This leads us to conversations about working together and teamwork. This week, we have been reading Howard B. Wigglebottom (I LOVE this series; it has great teachable moments). Image from
Then groups worked together to 1) set a goal, 2) work towards it and 3) celebrate it. Each group was given a 24 piece and a 100 piece puzzle and 8 minutes to accomplish it. They worked as a team towards their goal (even if some realized as they began that they set their goal too high), whether it was completing a whole puzzle, doing just the edges, etc. In the end, each team had their own success and celebration!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Makerspace is BACK!

After the book fair, step up club, and Halloween parade weeks... Makerspace is back! And we have snap circuit sets, new crafts, and a new 5th & 6th grade crowd!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Scavenger Hunt!

This week, 3rd graders went on a scavenger hunt using the app Socrative. Partners worked together to locate books on the shelves and check to see which symbol I taped to them. They did a great job working & talking together, which is part of our PAWS expectations (Problem solve, Always do our best, Work & talk together, Show respect for other readers)!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Book Fair Week!

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year... Book Fair! It's been a busy week full of grandparents and parents and visitors, but it's always fun. Here are some of our popular books this round!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Portrait of a Reader

This week, 3rd-6th grade students are creating a portrait of themselves as reader by cutting up Scholastic book flyers. In addition, some students are adding books to their future reads list and putting them in their library folders so they have lots of choices for check out time!

Friday, September 16, 2016


A new technology tool we just got at RHES is the Osmo. It's a really cool app and kit that connects with an ipad to do some interactive stuff! Here's Mrs. Theim's video! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016


We have found ourselves a little website gem called EdPuzzle! It is a website where you can upload screencasts or videos and include questions for students to answer. Each RHES student is watching a video about our Acceptable Use Policy when using technology and the Bring Your Own Device Policy. Students are doing a great job reinforcing expectations!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! It may not actually start until Thursday, but I couldn't wait to show you how fun the library looks this year... with a PAWS theme. "Get your PAWS on a good book" and show spot-on reading strategies. Our PAWS for expectations are Problem solve, Always do your best, Work and talk together, and Show respect for other readers.

Our PAWS for strategies are: 
P- practice, predict
A- ask questions, analyze elements
W- wonder and connect, write about books
S- stop and think, share

All good readers should do these!

So let's have another great year together PAWSing for good books!

 And don't forget those Battle of the Books books... coming soon :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Book Swap!

Today we hosted a Book Swap in the library! Students were able to drop off up to 5 gently used books in the library in the morning and come back at lunch recess to swap for "new" books! We had LOTS of students participate and I used some discarded library books for the inventory so teachers could also send students they think could use an extra book this summer!