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    Tagxedo Website

    Looking for a fun word collage website for your child to use to play with words? Students in 3rd grade were introduced to the website www.tagxedo.com.  This site allows students to create large word collages using different shapes, sizes, fonts, colors and much more.  Third grade students made word collages for their “worldly word” project […]...

    1st and 2nd Grade are Learning about Laptops

    First and second grade students have been learning about how to use laptop computers.  So far we have learned the different parts of the computers, how to unlock and log in.  Next we will be learning many of the fun an exciting programs on the laptops and how to research using the Internet!...

    Make a Flake Website!

    Check out this fun website.  Children can use the cutting tool to craft their very own snowflake. http://snowflakes.barkleyus.com/...

    Thanksgiving Websites

    Check out this website to learn more about the first thanksgiving.  This website is broken up into different age levels and is a great way to introduce your child to the first harvest celebration, learn more about the relationships between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags, and take a closer look at the historical significance of […]...

    Birthday Book Club

    The Hoover School Library is participating in the Birthday Book Club.  This is a wonderful way for students to share their love of books and celebrate their special day with others.  Students also love to see their donated book on the library shelves as well as their name displayed on the library birthday wall. How to donate? […]...

  • Learning to Take Care of Books in 1st Grade

    Students in first grade have been learning about importance of taking care of their library books.  They have learned how to …

    • Keep their books away from pets, water and little baby brothers or sisters
    • Read their books with clean hands
    • Bring their library books back on time
    • Not to tear the pages or color on their library books
    • Keep their library books safe in their backpacks when not reading them

    Students made booklets that to take home to remind them about what they learned in LRC.

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    Dance Mat Typing

    It is a good idea to introduce your child to a typing tutor program that will teach them through fun and games and lots of repetition.  Try to supervise your child make sure that they are doing the exercises properly and using the correct fingering on the keyboard.

    I will be introducing the Dance Mat Typing Program to third grade students during LRC time.  This program is an introduction to touch typing for school-aged children. Each of the 4 levels are divided into 3 stages.  Students begin at Level 1 and build up their skills gradually to Level 4. When you can do it well, touch typing is the fastest way to write. Many people soon learn to type faster than they can write with a pen.

    I will be encouraging students to practice at home to improve their typing skills.

     

    Internet Safety in LRC

    This week in LRC (Library Resource Center) fourth grade students learned about being part of “online communities.”  Students identified the difference between private and personal information as well as what qualities make a good digital citizens.  After brainstorming, students worked in teams to write their own Digital Citizen Pledge. These posters are displayed all around the Library.

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    Welcome Back!

    Welcome to the Hoover Library!

    Welcome to the Hoover Library Website.  My name is Mrs. Nottoli and I am your Library Resource teacher.   I have been a teacher in Schaumburg School District since 1991 and love the library.  I have previously taught several grade levels and have been a Library Resource Teacher for 15 years.

    Students at Hoover School are fortunate as we have many new book titles to choose from.  I will be spending some time talking about and helping find good books in the school library.  Book check out will begin Monday, August 31!  Students will be bringing home information about their book check out day, time and library policies.

    If you have any questions throughout the year please feel free to contact me.

    Susan Nottoli
    Library Resource Teacher

    What is Book Blogging?

    Students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades have made their first entry into the Library Kidblog website during their LRC time.  Each student has been set up with their own blog page on a grade level site.  Throughout the school year students will be writing about books that they have read.  Students will be encouraged to write about many different things including; characters, setting, themes, plot, main ideas, author’s message and other details of their books.

    A large part of this project is to get students to reflect on other student’s blog posts.  Students first need to leave a  ”thoughtful comment”  on other student’s posts.  We have discussed what is makes a good thoughtful comment in class.  Student agreed that they could make connections to themselves or other books that they have read.  They could also add more details to a blog if they themselves read the book.  Lastly, they could also agree or disagree with a bloggers post.  Each comment needs to be supported with details and evidence from the post or the book that they read.

    In addition, students are to leave a “thoughtful question” about the post.  This question could lead to seeking out more information about what was read on the post or having the blogger give more details to a statement they might have made.

    The goal of book blogging is for student to engage in a healthy conversation and reflection about good books.

    Great Job 4th, 5th and 6th grade students!!

    6th Grade Blog Site

    5th Grade Blog Site

    4th Grade Blog Site

    www.kidblog.org

    Transitional Chapter Books 1st & 2nd

    Students in 1stand 2nd grade have been learning about “transitional chapter books” that are available for check out from the Link Library.  These chapter books are meant for a beginning reader who is ready for a longer book with slightly challenging language.  If a student selected a chapter book they were told to set a goal of reading one chapter an evening.  These books would also make great at home read–a-louds.  Below is a list of some transitional chapter books that students have learned about during Library Resource Class.

    • Airy Fairy
    • Uh Oh Cleo
    • My Weird School
    • Melvin Beederman Superhero
    • Rainbow Magic
    • Jigsaw Jones
    • Ricky Ricotta
    • Princess Posie
    • Nate the Great
    • Hailey Twitch

    Free Rice Website

    Are you looking for a way for your child to give back to others? FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme.

    FreeRice has two goals:

    • Provide education to everyone for free.
    • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

    This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on the site.

    Please encourage your child to visit the website to learn and to give.

    www.freerice.com

    Kidspell Website

    Looking for a fun website to practice your spelling at home?  The absolutely free and totally fun way to improve your spelling helps to dramatically improve your students ability to learn and retain spelling words.  There are over 6,000 words to practice with for all grades K-12.

    www.kidsspell.com

    Dance Mat Typing

    Click here to access the Dance Mat Typing Website

    Computer Roll out and Blogging!

    Computers will be rolled out next week.  All students 3rd – 6th Grade will be logging in for the first time and creating a password.  We will then begin book Blogging!  Students are to blog about a book that they read over the summer or that they have recently finished.  Students will be using the secure website KidBlog  to read and comment on each others blog pages.  Students will also be able to access these blog pages from home!

    This year will be very exciting with technology.  I will keep you posted about the wonderful projects that we will be doing.