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Month: November 2021

2nd Grade Celebrates Veterans Day

Posted in holiday

This week in the Jackson Library, second graders celebrated Veterans Day by interpreting a Cheryl Dyson poem. We discussed the symbolism in the poem, watched a video explaining how different people we meet in the community may be veterans, played a Kahoot game about the poem, and checked out military-themed books. Fun!

2nd grade veterans day fun


Veterans in our Neighborhood

Cheryl Dyson Poem:

cheryl dyson poem
free Cheryl Dyson poem

Kahoot Game Based on Poem




Pre-K Reading Zoo Buddies Grant

Thank you to the Plano Education Foundation and Toyota for the Pre-K Reading Zoo Buddies grant! This money will purchase board books for our Pre-K students and a mini stuffed animal. They will read to their stuffed animal at home. Awesome!

grant 2021

Proposal summary:

Since the Pre-Kindergarten class sizes at our campus continue to grow every year and it is important to encourage a strong literacy foundation for the youngest learners, the money for this grant will purchase Pre-K level library books to borrow and a mini stuffed animal (“Reading Zoo Buddy”) to keep at home. Since several students may be absent due to various illnesses, they will now have a “reading zoo buddy” to keep at home to encourage continuous reading. The student will return their book when they return to school but will keep their reading zoo buddy at home. Pre-Kindergarten library books will be purchased for students to check out to read to their zoo buddy.  William Teale, president of the International Literacy Association, said that “when you pair reading with a toy or stuffed animal, kids become a part of the story. And they will start to show interest on their own.” (Teale, 2017)  In the CNN Stuffed Animals Reading Study (Teale, 2017) he states that children reading to a stuffed animal causes them to… “look at pictures in a book, and they’ll start to use some of the words in the book.” We want the students to use reading to the stuffed animal at home to enhance their comfort with reading and to allow their skills to bloom.


Link to other winning proposal summaries

Pre-K Tie Dye Turkeys

Posted in fun events, and holiday

Pre-K had fun in the library this week! They created tie-dye turkeys. After coloring a coffee filter with water-based markers, they dipped them in a bowl of water. After letting them dry a couple of hours, they came back to the library to put their turkey parts together. Helpful tips: Have samples of a completed coffee filter to show them how to color ALL of it, bottles of water available to pour into the bowl, a bucket available to pour the dirty water into, lots of towels and paper towels, a butcher-paper lined bookshelf top for a drying space, and always make a couple of extra filters for the absent or late students so they can still assemble their turkey on time. Fun! 

pk tie dye turkeys

PK turkeys

turkey bulletin bd



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