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Supporting UDL in the Classroom with Audiobooks

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The past couple of years, my district has been in the process of implementing Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, in our classrooms.  The educational framework creates a flexible learning environment that supports all learners.  The neuroscience behind it shows that each student learns differently, bringing their own strengths and experiences to each learning opportunity.  Therefore teachers need to create multiple ways for students to engage, represent, and express the content.  The scientists who developed UDL initially were looking at how schools can support students who are traditionally marginalized, students who have disabilities, or for whom English is their second language.  What they discovered was that the strategies that help these populations also helped all students learn.  If you’d like more information on UDL, please visit the CAST website. As a school librarian, I needed to think how I could adopt UDL in my own teaching and library space, but I also needed to think a…

Red Clover Day

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On April 10th, students at Moretown School celebrated Red Clover Day.  5th and 6th graders were responsible for creating an activity for one of this year's Red Clover books.  The activities were fun filled games, arts and crafts, & cookie decorating!  Kindergarten-4th graders were put into mixed age groups to visit each of the activities.  Kids made fancy cats, played a tag game, did a scavenger hunt, dove through "flaming" hoops, and much much more.  At the end students voted for their favorite book from the list.  The book that received the most votes from our school was Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks.  The winner for the whole state will be announced shortly so check in later to find out.







It's Slime to Read Week

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Last Thursday, March 30, the Moretown Student Book Committee launched a school wide challenge to read 15,000 pages.  I thought that this was going to be an ambitious venture, but our students sure proved me wrong. Well, my socks are totally blown right off!!  Moretown School read at least 33,847 pages in one week!!  The sweet reward?  Mr. Pierson got slimed!  Students eagerly awaited this moment.  Excitement was high and the slime was gooey!



Thank you Mr. Pierson for being such a good sport!

Some other highlights from the week:

Whole School Read!

Fancy Bookmarks!

Trivia: Do you know the answer to these questions?  Reading Week Book Trivia
Mystery Reader:  Murphy the Moose!!





Poems about snow!

One of this year's Red Clover books is Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre.  It is a poem about rain and it is accompanied by pretty amazing photographs.  Kindergarteners, 1st, and 2nd graders collaborated with their class to write their own poems about snow.  These poems were made into video presentations using Adobe Spark where students recorded their voice and picked their own pictures to go with their poem.  Below are these poems:

Snowflakes Swirl by Kindergarten:




The Magic of Snow by Ms. Dow's Class:


Winter Blanket by Ms. Cingiser's Class:




Library Resources

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Besides an array of books available for you and your student, the library also has digital resources.  These sites are made with young researchers in mind:  valid information, safe searches, and reading levels that are appropriate for all learners.  Ask Mrs. Wood for login information. (I'm not allowed to post passwords here due to licensing provisions.)  The links can all be found on the library webpage: https://goo.gl/L424J7

Opals Catalog http://mte.mimas.scoolaid.net/
This is our online card catalog.  You can search for books that are available in our library.  
Britannica Online Encyclopedia http://school.eb.com/levels

Britannica has information a large variety of different topics.  Articles can be read at three different levels:  elementary, middle, and high.  Every article can be read aloud and many articles contain multimedia   Britannica will also show related articles to help students extend their knowledge. 
Pebble Go Animals pebblego.com

This database has lot of information …

The book fair is coming!!

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On November 14-18th, the Scholastic Book Fair will be visiting our library.  All classes will have a chance to preview the books on Monday November 14th.  Books will be for sale at the following times:
Tuesday: 7:30-9 & at lunch Wednesday:  7:30-9, 11:15-5:00 Thursday: 7:30-9, lunch, 2:30-5:00 Friday 7:30-3:00
Book prices range from $1-$25 with the majority falling between $5-$10. If any of those times are not convenient for you, the book fair is online too!!  Visit this website (http://www.scholastic.com/bf/moretownelementaryschool) to purchase books between Nov 9-22.  For every online purchase, your name will be entered into a drawing for your choice of either the NEW Diary of a Wimpy Kid book or Raina Telgemeier’s NEW graphic novel: Ghosts!
Reading with your child is a great way to help them develop as lifelong learners and critical thinkers.  It also is just great quality time with your child.  At the book fair you’ll find books for all interest and reading levels.  Don't forget…

Reading is an Investment 16-17

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Kindergarten through Second grade students at Moretown School are participating in a statewide program called Reading is an Investment. The goal of the program is to teach elementary-aged children personal finance concepts. We are one of 135 Vermont elementary schools who will use the program this school year. The program is managed by the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office. Participating schools are sent three new books each year that highlight a specific personal finance theme. Through lessons and activities in the school library and personal reading, students are introduced to basic financial concepts. The 2016-2017 personal finance theme is “Saving to Make Goals a Reality.”



There are two parts to this program—personal reading and school instructional activities.
As a parent, you have the opportunity to help your child complete a reading log that
will then be entered into a drawing for a $250 college savings plan account. Last year, more
than 5,600 students statewide completed logs a…