Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Riverview students have access to World Book Online as another resource for learning. 
*If you do not know the Login / Password please contact me. I cannot publish it on my blog. :)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Perma-Bound shares facts on Reading & Your Brain :)

We all know reading is "good" for kids. Reading generally improves students' vocabulary, literacy skills, content knowledge, and more. But does it matter if it's fiction or nonfiction? And why, exactly, would you want to encourage students to read fiction for pleasure? Well, recent research gives us some answers to this question. Reading fiction for fun, it turns out, helps build kids' brains!
Studies show increased brain activity through fiction reading. For instance, Spanish researchers caused the primary olfactory cortexes of study participants to "light up" in MRIs by having them read words with strong odor associations, such as "perfume" and "coffee." French scientists similarly activated subjects' motor cortexes (which coordinate the body's movements) in those reading active sentences such as "Pablo kicked the ball." And Emory University researchers sparked subjects' sensory cortexes by having them read metaphors involving texture, such as "The singer had a velvet voice." (Synonymous phrases without sensory content didn't have the same effect.) Subsequent research at Emory has  shown that fiction reading even enhances readers' ability to visualize others' movements, in a way similar to sports visualization used by athletes.
Can reading fiction improve emotional and "school smarts," too? The answer is yes. Research at New York's New School and elsewhere has shown that literary fiction helps readers develop greater empathy. And an ongoing, multi-year study of 17,000 British students found that kids who read fiction for pleasure showed accelerated intellectual progress by the teen years--not just in vocabulary and spelling, but in math as well. Lead researcher Dr. Alice Sullivan reported that "the impact was around four times greater than that of having a parent with a post-secondary degree."
So, the research is in: reading great fiction will help boost your students' brains in both expected and unexpected ways. To get started, here are some new titles for fall, chosen by our professional Collection Development and Analysis team based on School Library Journal's Rave Reviews.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Battle of the Books - UPDATE !!!

This happens every year... ;) 

There has been two changes with the 3-4th and 5-6th grade list. 
*Nim's Island has been moved to the 5-6th grade list. 
*Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team has been moved to the 3-4th grade list.
I will be hosting a "BOOK CLUB" this school year in addition to the regular battles that will take place in the Spring. This will be a different kind of book club. I will only be holding a POST book club gathering after school. This is optional and any student that would like to read the book may attend. We will be doing an activity related to the book, book talk, and an afternoon treat. The first book will be "Because of Winn-Dixie" and "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library." The first book club gathering will be  November 7st (3-4th) & November 14th (5-6th). The book should be read by this date for students participating with the book club.

I have selected 3 book titles from the Battle of the Books 3-4th grade / 5-6th grade list. 

3-4th grade:
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Charlotte's Webb  by E.B. White
Phineas L. MacGuire... Erupts! The First Experiment by Trances Dowell
5-6th grade:
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Thursday, August 3, 2017

2017 Summer Library Highlights

I can't believe summer has come and gone like that!! Lots of great memories were made! Here are a few of the memories made...

* I have a new last name... Mrs. Messer!! I got married at the beginning of summer!

* We had an AMAZING group of students who participated in a SERVICE CLUB that Mrs. Teeples and Mrs. Goodman ran. They came in EVERY Wednesday and helped A LOT in the library during summer library. Some of the things they did were checking in & out books, marking off the punch cards for the Kona Ice treat, putting the books back on the shelves when books were returned, and helping out by reading books to other kids. I want to express how much I appreciate their help! I loved the service they provided in the library and seeing them every Wednesday in the library! I couldn't have done summer library without their help!!

* We had fun with our very own teachers and principals as our guest story tellers each week during summer library. A BIG SHOUT OUT to Mr. Dias & Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Thornton, Mrs. Cutler, Mrs. Baird, Mrs. Robinson, and Mrs. Gaddis for coming and reading to us!!


* Some of the reading activities for summer library were reading bingo and a reading bucket list. We had a few students participate and earn the fun "Swig" prize for completing the reading bucket list. It required reading 18 books, and depending on your age a certain amount needed to be chapter books. Here are the students that earned this prize! 

* The Kona Ice Truck came to Riverview for the 3rd consecutive summer library. We love having the Kona Ice come and be a part of our school's summer reading program! Thank you to all the families and students who came and joined us this summer at Riverview! It was so fun to see all of you and see you excited about reading!! I look forward to another great school year! Until next summer library! :)
- Mrs. Becky Messer