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Authors of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up Visit Crocker This Week

This Friday, April 28 authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi will be visiting our 4th and 5th graders to talk about their new book Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. Their book tells the story of Oakland native Fred Korematsu’s life and fight against the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II .

If you’re interested in buying a copy of the book, you can get it in person or online from local bookstore Mrs. Dalloways who helped us arrange the visit. If you order online, use the coupon code FredCH for a 20% discount, click “I will pick up in store”, and enter your student’s name in the comments. You won’t actually have to pick the book up, they’ll be delivered to school on Friday. We’ll also have a limited number of copies available for $16 on Friday.

For more information about Mr. Korematsu, read the book or visit the Korematsu Institute website.

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Help With 4th Grade Research Projects

In the next week or so, all 4th graders will receive an assignment requiring research about a California Indian tribe. Our library has quite a few books about the tribes, but they’ll be in high demand during the next few weeks and may not be available on the days you’d like to use them. Fortunately, there are lots of other resources you can use. You can find links to many of these here: http://library.crockerschool.org/pathfinders/american-indians/

One of the most helpful resources is a database called “Social Studies Fact Cards”. You can access this online through the Oakland Public Library or the Alameda County Library. To use the database, the Oakland Public Library requires that you have a library card and PIN. Your PIN is usually the last 4 digits of your phone number. If you don’t have a PIN, you’ll have to visit a branch to get one. The Alameda County Library also requires a library card to use the database, but you can get this online. You don’t need to visit a branch…which is good because there aren’t any in Oakland.

If you’re unfamiliar with Alameda County Library, it’s worth taking a look. In addition to all of the fabulous free stuff libraries typically provide, they also offer free and discounted passes to local museums like the Exploratorium, Aquarium by the Bay, Oakland Zoo, and The Tech Museum. Good luck! Feel free to contact me with any questions.


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We’re Off to a Great Start!

September was a busy month — setting up the library and lab, learning and practicing new routines with the kids, and holding an amazing book swap! Throughout the month, all of the kids have been visiting the library weekly to check out books. The third through fifth grades have also been working in the computer lab during library time. We’ve been creating folders, taking pictures, moving and renaming files, creating a list in a Word document, and we’re just starting to create tag clouds using Tagxedo. This has been a great opportunity for me to see what the kids can do and for us to start developing a shared vocabulary for working with computers. (It makes it easier for us to work together if we all agree on what the “arrow thingy” is called.) Kindergarten, first, and second grades will begin visiting the lab in October.

In the library and lab, we use the Crocker Library website as our home page. This week, I’m sending home bookmarks that look just like those that Pete the Cat is holding. The bookmarks have the address for the Crocker Library website and the user name and password for an online encyclopedia we’ll be using later in the year. Ask your child to show you around the site and try out a few new activities. Don’t forget to bookmark the site on your browser so your child can easily return to it.


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Books! Books! Books!

Last week, author/illustrator Bob Barner visited the library to talk to Crocker K, 1, and 2 students about his work. Barner is the author of 34 books including Bears!Bear! Bears!, Fish Wish, Dem Bones, and Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! His work is non-fiction and filled with amazing, colorful collage art. He shared several of his books and drew lots of pictures which he left for us to enjoy. Barner’s work combines art, science, and music – yes, music! Several of his stories have been set to music, Dem Bones is based on a song that is over 200 years old, and he played music while he drew for us.

Barner talked to us about the process of making books and answered lots of great questions from students. The kids wanted to know what is fun about being an author (having a new idea and seeing a finished book) and what isn’t fun (deadlines). They also wondered how he’s able to make such great pictures. Barner says it’s practice. He has been drawing since he was very young and studied art in college. Barner shared the fun and hard work that goes into creating a book. It was a wonderful visit!

Thanks to Mr. Donahue’s class for making a whole lot of bugs to create a collage art welcome sign for Mr. Barner. On March 30, author Pam Turner will be visiting 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to talk about her work. Stay tuned!

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Congratulations to an Amazing Cougar!

Congratulations to 3rd grader Hazel C., winner of a ridiculously huge candy bar for a truly amazing accomplishment. Last year, Hazel returned her library book on time EVERY WEEK – for the entire school year!  I had planned to have a raffle for the candy bar among all students who returned books on time all year, but it turned out there was only one – no raffle required. This year, I’m planning to have a raffle for another fabulous reward. I’m hoping to have a few more contenders for the prize.

Returning library books on time is one way our kids can learn and demonstrate responsibility at school. Quite often, other students are waiting for library books to be returned so they can check them out. Families can help get library books back on time by keeping library books in a specific place at home so they are easy to find on library day.

Congratulations and thank you to Hazel!

Great job!

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