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Week 49: Causation

Wow, how much fun was the Winter Bazaar! So much work, time and effort has been put in, no doubt about that. And well worth it. Thank you, PTA!

Okay, back to library business!

This week’s IB key concept is “causation”. We will be connecting these with our Read Alouds. I will also share the results of the Creative School voting (also connected to causation!).

Board Games on Friday, December 6th (14.30 – 15.30). Come one, come all! We will be playing Settlers of Catan, but there will be other games available as well. You can bring in your own game too. The board game session after that is on Monday, December 16th (the last one of the term!).

Winter is here, and so we have changed our displays into winter wonder reading land! As well as new books for the Swedish Fiction section. The Splej book has been gifted to all LGRP 3 students, and we have purchased the rest of the series – so they can continue reading the story.

Our blog post is short and sweet this week. Happy Reading!

Child reading in the snow

Week 48: Connected to Creative School

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Last week’s spread of SDG comics, new novels and the Ten Tales of Different Cultures picture books.

First things first: Board Games on Monday, November 25th! We will be playing Dixit, but other games (chess, Tsuro, story cubes, etc.) will be available as well. You can bring your own game and friends, or try a new game and meet new friends! See you at 14.30 in the library! (Until about 15.30).

Next week’s key concepts Connection will be explored through the lens of voting for Creative School activities. This is the time of year when we apply for the Creative School funding (Skapande Skolan, through the National Council of the Arts). If our action plan and application is approved, we will receive a grant with which we can organize creative workshop and activities for the students. It is a democratic process, which means that the student are asked to vote on what kind of creative/arts activities they would like to participate in, as well as which author or literary genre they are interested in. The voting will happen in both the LGRP and PYP section, as this is a whole school project. The actual events will happen in the school year of 2020 – 2021.

The Friday classes have already voted, since they will be swimming next week on Friday! 

We have four more weeks left until the Winter Break. In week 51 (the last week before the break), students are only returning books. Students can check out books again after the break. This is also when we release our new books in the updated Graphic Section! More information about that in January.

Happy Reading!

 

Week 47: Perspective

Function

Last week, we had an interesting time exploring the key concept “function” in the context of our read alouds. For example, in first grade we had established that the Gruffalo has a clear pattern (form: what does it look like?), now adding “function” to that (how does it work?), we were able to inquire into the function of pattern in a story. When we have discovered a pattern, we can make a prediction. Then, when the story doesn’t follow our prediction, it adds an element of surprise!

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The following two picture books are also excellent resources to explore pre-existing knowledge, pattern, predictions and surprise (and its effect on the reader!):

Board Games

Playing Settlers of Catan was great fun! We are looking forward to our next Board Games afternoon on Monday, November 25th!

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Perspective

This week’s key concept is “perspective”; what are the points of view?

Perspective

In first grade, we will explore (one of) the following stories:

They all lend themselves perfectly for exploring perspective (gaining insight, and looking at something differently after that). The students will have a choice which story they would like to hear and discuss during read loud. In PYP 2, we will continue the read “A Boy Called Bat”. In PYP 3, “Frindle”. In PYP 4, “SWITCH” and in PYP 5 “The Bridge Home”.

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World Children’s Day

On Wednesday, November 20th, it is World Children’s Day. On the Unicef website it says;

World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children. 

This year is extra special as it marks 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – 30 years of child rights that have helped transform children’s lives around the world. 

A time to celebrate and a time to demand action. Children are telling us, loud and clear: it is time for every child, to have every right. 

On 20 November, kids will stand up for their rights. What will you do?

In our school library we use the power of stories to inspire us to take action! Follow this link to a website where you can read graphic novels and short chapters books, with the Sustainable Development Goals woven into the stories. We have many of these comics printed (and ready to be checked out!) in our library. We will make sure to promote these with our students next week.

Graphics Section

This leads us into our new Graphics Section. Sophie has been working really hard to catalog many, many new books for in the Graphics Section. When all the books are cataloged, we will release them all at the same time. Photos of all the books will be posted on the blog!

Ten Tales from Different Cultures

Our library now has ten picture books, purchased as a pack, with ten tales from different cultures. It is developed by the IB  and it comes with story cards for the teachers to work with. The picture books are available for the students to check out as well!

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Displays

This week’s displays focus on Enid Blyton and Dick King-Smith. They were both British, prolific authors. But I think the similarities end there. To find out more, read the information on their websites. There is an interesting documentary about Enid Blyton that shows a bit more about the person behind the writer. And here you will find several short videos hearing Dick King-Smith talking about how he write his books.

And of course, the new Swedish display is up as well, with a focus on Sören Olsson and Anders Jabobsson:

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We hope you had a wonderful weekend (despite it being wet and grey)! We are ready for Monday (and the rest of the week), full of surprising perspectives!

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Happy Reading!

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