Tuesday, June 18, 2013

First Grade "All About" Authors Meet in Library

Our first graders have been hard at work since February discussing features of nonfiction texts in Readers' and Writers' Workshops in their classrooms. Their teachers have taught them features such as bold print, labeled pictures, headings, tables of contents, glossaries, and indexes and how the features help you as a reader.

The culmination of this unit is each student's creation of an informational "All About" book on a topic of their choice.  Classroom teachers Mrs. Zimmerli, Clark, Abate, and Christiance modeled how to choose a topic that they knew enough about to write about.    Some of the student's "All About books" this year were:

  • All About Christmas in My Family
  • All About Kirby's Dream Land
  • All About Girl Scout Patches
  • All About Nintendo DS
  • All About Ice Cream
  • All About Football
  • All About School

Mrs. Eley created a Microsoft Word template for each student to modify to publish and type their "All About" books, and after 2 months (8 library periods), the finished products were finally printed and assembled!  The students were so excited to have the final products in their hands and they knew they were real authors.

Today, all first graders and teachers gathered in the library for a sharing time.  Students were partnered up or placed in small groups and read their books to each other.  We feel it was a great success and look forward to collaborating this way next year!

Here is Mrs. Eley's example book (created using MS Word - images / borders missing).

Congratulations first grade authors!

4th Grade Farewell 2013

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

            During library class, Mrs. Eley asked fourth grade students to videorecord themselves saying a “farewell message” to their teachers and friends at Hillside.  To see this fourth-grade created movie, go to the “What We See TV” section of the Mt. Laurel Schools Family Portal page.  It is found at http://vp.telvue.com/player?s=mtlschools
            You may have to login with your PowerSchool parent login and password to see the video. Have a great summer and good luck to all our fourth graders at Hartford!


Susan Landis Eley
Hillside Library Media Specialist

Friday, June 14, 2013

3rd Grade "Hillside Hall of Fame" Biography Project Winners 2013

During library, 3rd grade students have worked on a Famous American research project.  They read biographies and learned about the person’s life, achievements, and struggles.  Students then had to created a “résumé” for that person as if he/she was applying for a job – a spot in the “Hillside Hall of Fame.”

Students presented their résumés during library class and voted on the top 3 Famous Americans in each class that they believed were worthy of the Hillside Hall of Fame.  The 3 winners from each 3rd grade class are presented online at the following site:

Hillside “Hall of Fame”: https://voicethread.com/share/4672024/

If you have an email address, you can register with voicethread.com and leave us a typed or recorded comment.  Our students would love to hear what you have to say.!  Simply click on the Sign in/Register button at the bottom of the screen and follow the directions.  Thanks in advance for your support and participation.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Susan Landis Eley
Hillside Library Media Specialist