Library Cottage News

January/February 2019

Wendy Wilkins


Early Learning Center
      In February we enjoyed shadow play to celebrate Groundhog Day, and making animals from hearts inspired by Michael Hall’s book, My Heart is Like a Zoo. We explored author Gail Gibbons works of nonfiction information books including Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day is…The month concluded with Level 1’s making tiger stick puppets to go along with Peter Brown’s book, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, while  Level 2’s listened to a tall tale and several nonfiction stories about trees and tornadoes. 

Lower Primary 
      LP students are completing their animal research using the student World Book located on the Tennessee Electronic Library website We started exploring individual animals using informational books by author Gail Gibbons. We read aloud Ms. Gibbon’s book Behold…the Unicorns, and then practiced taking notes while reading aloud Behold…the Dragons. Each student was assigned a real and different animal to research and report on during class next month.

Middle and Upper Primary
        This month we read aloud and reviewed many new and exciting books from the recently announced 2019 American Library Association Children’s Book Awards. We also read aloud several biographies about notable African Americans including the father of Black History and Harvard graduate, Dr. Woodson G. Carter. It was exciting for us to learn about the contributions made to space science by Ms. Katherine Johnson in the new biography Counting on Katherine, How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 12 by Helaine Becker. Ms. Katherine Johnson was a NASA mathematician and recently featured in the movie “Hidden Figures”. This month Ms. Johnson was honored by NASA by having a building named after her. She just turned 100 years old last August and was present at the NASA ceremony!  Our month concluded with a discussion of tall tales featuring the story of John Henry by Julius Lester that was narrated by Chattanooga native Samuel L. Jackson.

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