Showing posts from 2016

Library Resources

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:

Opals Catalog
This is our online card catalog.  You can search for books that are available in our library.  
Britannica Online Encyclopedia

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

This database has lot of information …

The book fair is coming!!

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 ( 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

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…

How to embed your Adobe Spark Video in your website

Embed your Adobe spark video:
Login to Adobe Spark Open your All About Me project At the top, click share
Select “Education” in the box that says “Pick a Category”
At the bottom, click “Create Link”
6.  Select “Embed” and copy the code that appears in the box below:
7.  Open up you PLP website.   8.  Go to “All About Me” tab. 9.  Click the pencil edit button. 10.  Click <HTML> in the menu:
11.  Paste the code you copied in the top of this box:

First Edition of the Moretown Messenger for the 16-17 School Year!

Check out the student run newspaper here:

Book Drive for Louisiana School

This summer there was an epic flood in the state of Louisiana.  Communities are still dealing with the impact including re-establishing normal school experiences for children.  This even includes reading!  As a community that has experienced similar challenges, we recognize a call to action.  Our school was helped during our time of need by communities around the country.  We now want to pay this kindness forward to the residents of St Amant, Louisiana.  Moretown School has joined Bear Pond Books in an effort to restock the bookshelves of the St. Amant Primary School.

We are helping by collecting New or Like New books for grades PreK-5.  Both fiction and non-fiction will be accepted but teachers are especially looking for quality non-fiction titles with these themes:

Scientific method
Stem activities
Circulatory and respiratory body function
Solar System
Food web
US political symbol
Westward expansion
United States Geography
Maps and globes
US Const…

Welcome Back!

Dear Moretown Families,
I am thrilled to start a new school year as your child’s librarian and tech integrationist. The mission of the school library program is to ensure that students are effective users of ideas and information; students are empowered to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.  My goal is to nurture lifelong learners & passionate citizens.   One my favorite parts of my job is to watch your child grow from year to year.  It is truly priceless.
Every classroom visits the library once a week for a structured class.  He or she will be bringing home books each week of their own choosing.  These books are due back on library day the next week. Please help your child build responsibility with taking care of these books.  Returning books on time helps all students share and have access to often very popular books.  I greatly appreciate your help with this matter.
Parents and guardians are also welcome to get a lib…

Moretown Messenger Last edition of 2015-2016 school year!

Check out the latest edition of our student run newspaper:  Moretown Messenger!

1st & 2nd Grade's Monument Research

1st & 2nd graders have worked hard to become experts on some of the world's most famous monuments.  We learned a lot about other cultures based on what they want to remember & celebrate with their monuments.  Take a look at the Thinglinks they created to share their learning.

Great Wall of China

Taj Mahal

Machu Picchu

The Pyramids of Giza

Easter Island

The Statue of Liberty


Big Ben

Eiffel Tower

DCF Conference Repost

This blog post was originally written for VSLA's (Vermont School Library Association) 802Blog:

In March, my students’ anticipation starts to grow.  They are finishing reading their last Dorothy’s List book, discussing which one was their favorite, and eagerly looking forward to voting.  My anticipation is growing as well, but for another reason.  I know that the new list is about to be released.  What books are going to be on this year’s list?  Have I read any yet?  Which ones am I looking forward to reading?  I’m just as giddy as my kiddos.  

The books are one excitement.  The upcoming Dorothy Canfield Fisher Conference is another.  And this year was no exception.  This year’s conference was held at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont.   Right when I walked through the doors, I was greeted warmly and given a full bag of free books!   Then on to coffee, breakfast goodies, and chatting with friends I haven’t seen since last conference.   What a great way to start the morning! The co…

Award winners!!

Announcing this year's Vermont Book Award winners:
Red Clover Award *image borrowed from Carol Scrimgeour, Librarian at Essex Elementary School
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

Book Awards

The tension is mounting.  Our students have read all the books.  They carefully deliberated on their choice.  They have cast their vote.  Here are our school's results for the Red Clover Book Award & the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award!

Here are the results for the Red Clover Award:

Our school's winner (by 1 vote):  Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

2. Lindberg:  The Tale of a Flying Mouse
3. I'm My Own Dog
4. Winter Bees
5.  Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
6.  Blizzard
7. My Grandfather's Coat
8.  Miss Brooks' Story Nook
9.  Star Stuff
10.  Firefly July

Here are the results for the Dorothy's List Award:

Our school's winner:

Tied for 1st place:  El Deafo, Ice Dogs, Badger Knight, & The Crossover!
5. Rain Reign
6. Absolutely Almost
7. Gabriel Finley
8.  Hope is a Ferris Wheel
9.  The Boundless
10. The Mark of the Dragonfly
11. The Meaning of Maggie
12.  The Night Gardener
13.  There Will Be Bears

We will find out who won the state awards shortly s…

Moretown Messenger 4/5/16

Check out the next edition of the Moretown Messenger!!

Mrs. Wood's Multiple Intelligences

In which intelligence are you the strongest? Intrapersonal (Self Smart)
How can you use this type of smarts to help you get stronger in other intelligences? I can do some dancing to express how I feel to help with my body smarts. I can write my autobiography to help with my word smarts. I can volunteer for an organization that I'm passionate about to help build by people smarts.
In which intelligence are you the weakest? Kinesthetic (Body Smart)
In what ways can you improve this type of smarts?  I can do a solo sport like swimming or running.
BONUS:  What careers could you explore based on your strengths? comedian, film maker, philosopher, researcher


On Tuesday March 8th, Moretown students went on a storywalk.  The book Blizzard by John Rocco was set up in a special way to enjoy it while hiking up to the upper ECO base camp.  Each page was laminated and spaced out throughout the school's backwoods.  Students enjoyed the semi-wintery day while enjoying a very wintery book.  I, in particular, enjoyed being able to share two of my great joys:  nature & books!

Blizzard is the story of the author's experiences during a huge blizzard including snowshoeing to the local market for food supplies with homemade snowshoes.  The book is on this year's Red Clover Nominee list.

The students that participated were preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade.  The storywalk will remain up in the wood until the end of April.  Although we might not have received much snow this year, you can imagine your in the middle of a blizzard when you take a hike in our school back woods.  Hope you all enjoy!

Passion Projects & Values

Mr. Stevenson & I are teaming up to engage our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in passion projects.  This endeavor comes from the idea of "Genius Hour."  When students (or anyone really) are given time to fully explore & go deep in to a topic that they are passionate about, great things can result.  Students learn a great deal about their chosen passion but also learn valuable transferable skills like problem solving, critical thinking, clear communication, & research skills.  This philosophy is followed by big companies too create innovative products & ideas as well as increase productivity.  Google does this and many of the products we now use regularly are the result such as gmail.  We are excited to see what our students explore!

Before we dive right into our Passion Project, we are going to be exploring identity.  We are doing this so that students can get a good handle on who they are, what motivates them, and what they are passionate about.  To start we are …

Moretown Messenger

The 4th edition of our student newspaper is out!  Please check it out.  Students have had lots of fun creating & learning!

Gale Resources

Moretown School Library has a new resource: Vermont Online Library.
  This resource is a collection of Gale databases on a variety of subjects and reading levels.  But what is a database and why is it useful?  These databases are a collection of articles from trusted sources:  professional encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, & primary sources.  These articles are great for research because they come from experts in the field rather than random webpage posts.   Here is a list of all the databases that are available to our school community:  List of Gale Resources.  Links to these resources can be found on the Library Webpage.  If you need the passwords, please ask Mrs. Wood (

Here are some of the highlights:

Kids Info Bits has had a facelift!!  This used to be a clunky and distracting database.  It was really unhelpful for elementary school level students.  BUT not anymore!  Information is presented in a visual way helping beginning readers to …