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Welcome to Jefferson Elementary Library


Mrs. Jan Murdoch, Library Media Teacher





4th Grade  5th Grade 




Battle of the Books Information

            4th Grade Battle of the Books.................March 6, 2014
         Jefferson Middle School Gym.................3:30-4:30 P.M.


   4th Grade Reading List

1.       Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech

2.       Hachiko Waits by Lesléa Newman

3.       Dexter the Tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix

4.       Amelia Earhart, The Legend of the Lost Aviator by Shelley Tanaka

5.       The Whipping Boy  by Sid Fleischman

              5th Grade Battle of the Books.........March 4, 2014
         Jefferson Middle School Gym...........3:30-4:30 P.M.

 5th Grade Reading List
1.      Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

    2.      Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher
3.      Homework Machine
by Dan Gutman
4.      Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by
Rodman Philbrick
5.      Dragonbreath by  Ursula Vernon


   Click on the pencil to download the question form.
This is for both 4th & 5th grades.


Battle of Books Guidelines

1.      Each participant MUST complete the registration form and return it to the Jefferson Library by Monday, January 13, 2014.

2.      You can start to read at any time.  You don’t have to wait for a team assignment or confirmation.  Books will be distributed when the permission slip is returned.

3.      Students will be assigned to a team or teams can be formed.  Teams will consist of 3 to 4 students.

4.      Each book on the list should be read by at least one team member.

5.      Write the titles you have read on the team reading log sheet so your team members & coach will know which books have been read.

6.      Submit at least 3 questions and answers for each book read. Answers should be general but NOT in a YES/NO format.  Please use question forms provided by the library.  One question per answer sheet.  Please include the page number of the question.

7.      Your coach will contact you to set up special team meetings. 

8.      All forms will be available online at the Jefferson Elementary Library website.


Questions or concerns?  Please contact Mrs. Murdoch 


Thank you for participating! 


  Library Schedule for 2013-2014

 Day 1    

Day 2      

    Day 3      

 Day 4    

Day 5     

Mrs. Midgley  

    4th Grade
   Mrs. Groves   
    4th Grade
   Ms. Mineo      
    5th Grade
  Mrs. Fischler   
   5th Grade
  Mrs. Wick     

Mrs. Lewis

   3rd Grade
  Mrs. Mellett
    4th Grade
  Mrs. Witucki
    5th Grade
   Mr. Hutsler
  3rd Grade
  Mrs. Shearer

Mrs. Lewis



    1st Grade
 Mrs. Yablonski
  1st Grade
   Ms. Puz



   2nd Grade
  Mrs. Miller

  2nd Grade
  Mrs. Davis


Remember to return books on time by putting them 
                        in your backpack the night before your library class!

  • 100 Favorite Children's Books
    Annotated lists of favorite books include biography and history, animals, fantasy, mystery, humor, poetry, adventure, science fiction, and more. New York Public Library

Great Link for Science Lovers!
      The American Association for the Advancement of Science offers a huge  
selection of science material via their website, ScienceNetLinks, including reading lists, computer games and online activities, and project ideas.

Five Finger Test Tips

1. When the child misses the first word, hold up your thumb, and say, “You know all but one word! I knew this book would be easy for you.”

2. After the second missed word, hold up your thumb and forefinger in an L shape, and say, “‘L’ stands for learning. This book will be a good learning book for you.”

3. After the third missed word, hold up three fingers and say, “‘W’ stands for ‘warning.’ This book may frustrate you, and you may not enjoy it.”

4-5. With the fourth or fifth missed word, represented by the same number of fingers, you can advise the child to stop and explain, “This means ‘stop.’ It’s time to find another book that you’ll be able to enjoy all by yourself.”

 Research Websites

 Websites for Students

   Britannica Kids Encyclopedia

       Citing Your Sources with Bibme

    Merriam Webster's Atlas           

Merriam Webster's Word Central Dictionary    


       Kids Click!

       Kids Know It!

   Kidspace @ Internet Public Library

       National Geographic for Kids

       PBS for Kids


4th Grade Students researched animals and created iMovies...

Amazon River Manatee



Siamese Fighting Fish


Gar by Emily G.


To celebrate Nick Bruel's visit to our school, first grade students made Bad Kitty ears.


Third Grade Students and Shadyside Academy collaborate
on "Boo to a Goose" Skyping session.


A good President according to kindergarten and first grade students must be the following.....

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