November 2018

November 7, 2018 | News

This month in library:

Kindergarten classes are listening to stories about trying new foods and Thanksgiving.

Grade 1 classes are practicing identifying different types of books by their call numbers.

Grade 2 classes are doing author studies.

Grade 3, 4 and 5 classes are finishing up their Digital Citizenship units and will be moving on to library catalog.  For grade 3, this will be an introduction.  For grade 4 and 5 it will be mostly review.

October 2018

October 4, 2018 | News

It’s starting to feel a bit like fall.

This month in library classes…

The kindergarteners are listening to books featuring different kinds of problem solving.

First graders are beginning a unit on fairy tales.  In this uint, they listen to variations of common fairy tales from around the world and come up with similarities and differences.  They also learn about story elements that are found in most fairy tales.

Second graders are learning how to navigate Google Classroom and practicing a variety of computer skills, and terminology.

Students in grades 3 – 5 are working on their Digital Citizenship Units.  These lessons are intended to give students the skills they need to appropriate, responsible and effective internet users.  Some topics covered in all grades are personal information, strong passwords, and how to deal with cyberbullies.  In grades 4 and 5, we will also be looking at issues of intellectual property and social media.

August / September 2018

August 25, 2018 | News

Welcome to a New Year at Willard!

Due to the diligent work in the library and IT departments, library books will be able to go home on the first day of school.  Students in grades K – 2 are each allowed 1 book while students in grades 3 – 5 may check out two at a time. Library books are always due back during the student’s library class and can be renewed if a student needs more time. Popular books may only be renewed once.

If a students forget their books, they may trade them in on a different day first thing in the morning.


This month in Library Classes:

Students will be acclimating to a new school year. Students in kindergarten will be learning about book care and library procedures. Students in all grades will be creating passports for use at the Willard International Fair.  Students in grades 2-5 will also be learning about being responsible digital citizens as they create their passports using Google Apps for Education.

Fifth graders will be starting the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award project presented by Salem State College. This in an annual 5th grade project.  Each student is required to read 5 books from the list by the end of February break. For each book that they read, they will write a short response and post it to the assignment in Google Classroom. Each student who reads all 25 books from the list will be invited to a special breakfast party in the library. All necessary information, including the reading log, is posted in Google Classroom.

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May 2018

May 1, 2018 | News

It’s finally starting to feel like spring and that means it’s time for research in the library!

The kindergarteners are listening to stories about gardens and garden animals.

Grade 1 students are finishing their weather research videos and will be starting a unit on book parts.

Grade 2 students will be researching important people and writing their own ebook biographies.

Grade 3 students are finishing a unit on reference sources.  If we have time, we will do a mini-project on arthropods.

Grade 4 students are learning about difference literacy genres.

Grade 5 students are working on their research projects.  They were allowed to choose their own topics, as long as they were related to elementary curriculum, and they will make a final product of their choice.

April 2018

April 5, 2018 | News

This month is library classes…

Kindergarteners will listen to stories about spring and friendship.

Grade 1 students will conduct a short weather research project.

Grade 2 and 3 students will be finishing up their unit on reference sources.

Grade 4 students are working on a genre unit.

Grade 5 students will be conducting a research project on the topic of their choosing.


March 2017

March 5, 2018 | News

This month in library…

Kindergarteners are listening to trickster tales from different cultures.

Grade 1 students will be doing some research and bringing home a permission slip as part of our Digital Citizenship unit.  Please read the permission slip and send it back to the library with your child.

Grade 2 students are learning about reference sources, including atlases, almanacs, dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Grade 3 and 4 students are reviewing parts of a book and elements of nonfiction text to prepare for an up-coming research project.

Grade 5 students are starting their unit on Media Literacy.  This year, we will focus on stereotypes in mainstream media.

February 2018

February 6, 2018 | News

So it looks like we can expect another 8 weeks of winter.

This month is library…

Kindergarteners are listening to stories about winter and friendship and we will also be starting trickster tales after break.

Grade 1 students are finishing up a unit on comparing fairy tales.  Next we will be starting a unit on Digital Citizenship.

Grade 2 students have just finished their Digital Citizenship unit and will be spending a few weeks learning about Japan and practicing their origami skills.

Grade 3 students are finishing their Digital Citizenship unit and will be reviewing elements of nonfiction books.

Grade 4 and 5 students are continuing on their digital research skills units.  They are learning how to search for appropriate websites and how to evaluate web content.

January 2018

January 2, 2018 | News

Happy New Year!

This month in library…

Kindergarteners will hear stories about winter, with some kindness, friendship and manners thrown in.

Grade 1 students are learning about the characteristics of fairy tales.

Grade 2 and 3 students will be learning about Digital Citizenship, which includes online safety and manners.

Grade 4 and 5 students are learning how to apply research skills when using the internet.