• September 2021

    Posted by Christina Russell on 9/22/2021

    Battle of the Books is BACK!  This friendly competition is all about fantastic books and testing your team's knowledge of them.  Battle of the Books is open to all 3rd, 4th & 5th graders at Lowell.  

    Team sign up forms are due this Friday, September 24th for 4th and 5th graders.  Team sign up forms are due next Friday, October 1st for 3rd graders. 

    After that, teams may start preparing for their first battle by reading their battle books!  There are four books in each battle and the first battle is scheduled for Friday, December 3rd.  Good luck teams & have fun! 

    Parents and guardians, if you are interested in volunteering to help coach your child's team OR help with the battles throughout the school year, please contact Chrisy Russell, the school librarian at:  cmrussell@mcpsmt.org

     

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  • September 2021

    Posted by Christina Russell on 9/2/2021

    Welcome Back Lowell Bobcats!

    I hope you enjoyed your summer break.  Library lessons are back in the library this year and I cannot wait to see all of you in here!  We have a TON of new books and more on the way for you to enjoy.  

    Our first rotation of lessons will focus on knowing your way around the library, selecting "just right books", learning how to take care of those books, improving our active listening skills and reviewing the elements of a story.  Of course we will read aloud several fabulous books too!  

    This year's library rotation is:

    A Weeks-4th & 5th graders

    B Weeks-2nd & 3rd graders

    C Weeks-Kindergarten & 1st graders

     

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  • Summer 2021

    Posted by Christina Russell on 7/23/2021

    Happy Summer Lowell!  I cannot wait to hear about all of the books you have been reading over summer break (and the rest of your summer adventures of course).  Remember, we are always looking for suggestions and recommendations to add to our library.  

    Keep reading and keep smiling!  

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  • May 2021

    Posted by Christina Russell on 5/7/2021

    Library heads back to the Green Pod this month!  We will learn all about bees and other pollinators.  In addition, we will focus on some of the spring flowers they pollinate and the art of bee keeping.

    We will wrap up this rotation with a review of all of the resources and activities you can do this summer.        

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  • April 2021

    Posted by Christina Russell on 4/19/2021

    April is National Poetry Month!  We will be taking a closer look at different styles of poetry throughout the month.  We'll learn about famous poets and try writing some poems of our own.  

    April 22nd is Earth Day!  We'll learn & discuss ways we can take care of our planet... small and large.  Your challenge is to do something EVERY day to make a difference Lowell Bobcats!  It starts with you.  

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  • April 2021

    Posted by Christina Russell on 4/6/2021

    Library is back in the Red Pod this month!  We will be learning about extraordinary women and their accomplishments while improving our research skills this rotation. Eventually students will design an original project to present the information they have found.  

    We will work on our technology skills while navigating Google Docs and Google Slides, as well as our presentation skills.

    In the 5th grade, we are jumping into literary devices like rhyme, repetition, similes, metaphors, and alliteration.  

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  • March 2021

    Posted by Christina Russell on 3/29/2021

    Congratulations to Alden Hardin and Christian Musehenu our 2021 winners of the Kindles for Kids Program!  Both 5th graders worked incredibly hard throughout the month of March to reach their reading goals and were rewarded by Missoula Lodge #13 with a free Kindle.  Missoula Lodge #13 generously gives our 5th graders at Lowell this opportunity every year.  Keep up the good work Lowell Leaders!

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  • March 2021

    Posted by Christina Russell on 3/8/2021

    Library is back to the Green Pod for the majority of the month of March!  Kindergarten and first graders will be celebrating Dr. Seuss and Read Across America, while they also participate in March Book Madness!    

    Green Pod students will learn about two other important book awards during this rotation:  the Caldecott Award (given annually for the best illustrations) and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (also known as the "Dr. Seuss" award).  

    In addition, be ready to learn about some extraordinary women this month in celebration of Women's History Month!  We will build our background knowledge of several famous women, discussing events in their lives and the qualities that helped them succeed in life.

    If time allows, we will delve into text features and hopefully some general keyboarding skills with Typetastic!  Should be another fabulous month.  

      

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  • February 2021

    Posted by Christina Russell on 2/19/2021

    Library will wrap up the remainder of February in the Blue Pod!  

    In 2nd grade, students have been learning about some treasured book awards like the Caldecott and Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards.  They have also been practicing their keyboarding skills with TypeTastic!  We will wrap up the rotation with a mini unit on Google Docs, where we can publish a poetry piece using our new typing and tech skills.  

    3rd and 4th graders have learned about a variety of book awards this rotation.  They have also been introduced to the 2021 award winning books.  In addition, they are improving their keyboarding skills.  Read Across America and March Book Madness are next on the list!

    5th graders have embarked on a unit centered around the Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman.  They have been building background knowlege using a variety of sources while practicing their research skills.  They are identifying literary devices used by Amanda Gorman, Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss, then discussing how these devices are used effectively by each poet.  This unit will culminate with students attempting to include these literary devices in their own writing (rhyme, repetition, alliteration, metaphor).

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  • February 2021

    Posted by Christina Russell on 2/1/2021

    Welcome February! 

    Library is currently in the Red Pod.  Students are learning about book awards like the Caldecott, Newbery, Theodor Seuss Geisel, Coretta Scott King and Pura Belpre.  Several 2021 award winners have recently been announced: "We Are Water Protectors" by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade won the Caldecott Award.  "When You Trap a Tiger" by Tae Keller received the Newbery Award.  Both are incredible!

    To celebrate Black History Month, we will build our background knowledge of the National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman and her poetry (including "The Hill We Climb" presented at the presidential inauguration) in the upper grades.  We will also wrap up with Coding, Book Talks and Book Tastings.

    In the younger grades, we will focus on coding, typing skills and reading comprehension strategies.  

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