The Haunted Library 2019

On October 29, the Haunted Library opened its doors once again for a one-night-only,  hands-on family celebration. Much like last year’s event, the 2019 Haunted Library invited ghouls and ghosts to attend in their costumes and explore creepy projects and games together. This year, middle schoolers were completely in charge of the event – from […]

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Insta Review: The Jumbies, by Tracey Baptiste

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram Well, I’ve reached a low point in my scaredy-cat reading ways. I had to put this book down halfway through because it gave me nightmares… and it is written for fourth graders. Laugh if you […]

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Insta Review: Who Let the Gods Out?, by Maz Evans

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram Calling all Percy Jackson fans – you won’t want to miss Who Let the Gods Out. Percy has a secret British cousin and he is just as stubborn, hilarious, and entwined in the complicated world […]

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Insta Review: Breakout, by Kate Messner

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram Wolf Creek is reliable. Everyone looks the same, everyone thinks the same, and everything stays the same. For Nora Tucker, aspiring journalist, it’s a little bit frustrating. She’s looking for some excitement m – by […]

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Insta Review: People Like Us, by Dana Mele

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram Kay has shed her past and become someone sparkling and new at her expensive, elite boarding school. Every bit of her unimpressive, tragic, and guilty last is behind her…until a classmate is found floating, facedown, […]

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Self Checkout is Back!

Middle school self checkout is back, and better than ever! After a bumpy couple of years (filled with lots of lost books and oops-I-checked-it-out-to-my-friend-but-I’ll-take-it-anyway and what-do-you-mean-I-never-checked-it-out-at-all), I admitted librarian defeat and closed down our self checkout station. Middle schoolers had to come to the circulation desk to checkout with me, and had no options when I […]

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The Brain Food Pyramid

You’ve probably heard about using the food pyramid to keep a healthy diet, but what about getting balanced nutrition for your brain? Instead of the same old genre review, my fourth graders are exploring the Brain Food Pyramid this week – the secret to a balanced diet for your brain 🧠 Together, we took a look […]

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The Very Hungry Code-a-Pillar

“You mean we get to TOUCH the ROBOTS?!” 🤖 💕 As part of our robotics unit, kindergarten students got up close and personal with their first set of robots this week! We used a beloved, classic story to ground this unit in literacy and bring the story to life. We started by sharing The Very […]

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Global Read Aloud Postcard Exchange

It’s Global Read Aloud season! The annual literary tradition kicked off at the end of September, and our students are so excited to be reading and connecting with readers all over the world through amazing common literature. We are extra excited this year to be the school from the state of Virginia participating in the […]

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An Easy Lesson for Kickstarting Graphic Novel Conversations

I love teaching graphic novels, especially to middle school readers. My goal with any graphic novel unit is to get readers to think about their books differently and start reading them as closely and seriously as they do their traditional novels. You can see a collection of my past work with graphic novels here. This […]

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