Altamont Elementary School Library
Our first graders visited the Altamont Free Library on June 13, 2016 to get their library cards and learn how they can check out books there.
Guest author Peter Lourie visited Altamont on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. For information on his visit, click here.
Prior to his visit, students researched five environmental groups, then voted on which one they thought most worthy of a donation. Based on that vote, Mr. Lourie donated $1,000 to DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE as part of the "Authors for Earth Day" program. The organizations we researched were:
For more information on "Authors for Earth Day," check out their website HERE.
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Students at Altamont use our library on a regular basis for selecting books to read, library classes, research, technology instruction, small group work and special presentations. The library is the place where students are learning information fluency, digital citizenship and literature appreciation throughout the year.
Click under links at the left to explore more about our school library, or scroll down to see some library projects and other library news.
Need a Public Library Card?
Talk to Mrs. Johnson for information on signing up for a card you can use at the Altamont Free Library, Guilderland Public Library, and any other library in the Upper Hudson Library System.
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2016 Caldecott award winner:
2016 Newbery award winner:
Caldecott Immersion Program with Mr. Whiteman's 5th grade class
Click here to see editorial in the Altamont Enterprise about our day!
Other Fifth Grade Projects
Students in Fifth Grade are creating spine poems from themed books in the library. Their poems will be displayed in our halls for the end of the year to inspire summer reading!.
5th Grade Used Book Sale Service Project
Altamont Fifth Grade students held a used book sale to benefit the ASPCA raising $126.40. Donations will go toward rescuing abused dogs and cats, as well as pets displaced by tornadoes and hurricanes. Thank you for your support!
April is Poetry Month
A poetry cafe has been operating in our school library this month. Students seated at "cafe" tables listen to classmates perform poetry readings on the elevated platform in the library. Students are asked to imagine they are seated in a coffee house, without the coffee of course! After each reading, enthusiastic finger-snapping rewards the performers.
Fourth Grade students dig history!
Fourth graders carefully examine Early American artifacts and reproductions to learn more about colonial life.
We all love Mo Willems!
First Grade students commenced a study of one of their favorite authors: Mo Willems. To understand more about his creative process, children made their own photo collages like the ones in the Knuffle Bunny series. They used a black and white photograph of our school library and drew in colorful characters with speech bubbles in the style of the author.
Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie series has a lot to teach children about conveying abstract feelings and concepts. Students studied Willems' technique in creating dramatic facial expressions with just a few lines for the eyes and mouth. The position of Gerald the Elephant's trunk also helps to indicate his happy or sad mood. Our First Graders used a template of the characters to which they added their own expressions and ideas. Understandably, our library copies of Mo Willems books fly off the shelves!
Second Grade Sculpture on Display
Paper sculptures from second grade art classes were installed for a time in the library! We love using the library as a public space to display creative works by students.
Comics Connect Grant Presentation
Librarians from Altamont Free Library, Altamont Elementary School and the Upper Hudson Library System present the Comics Connect Grant to the Altamont PTA at the November 13 meeting. The Graphic Novel format, as part of the literary genre mix, encourages students to read while improving their fund of vocabulary and fluency.
Students learn to find their way around the library!
Students in intermediate grades identified the location and purpose of the various sections of the library. Now it is easier to find books!
"Just Right" Books
Every year one of our goals is for Altamont students to learn how best to choose "just right" books. Watch the following Animoto video to see students practicing these skills.
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