A Word From Mr. Stokley

Fall 2017

Hello Students and Parents!  We have over 18,000 books in our library.  Regardless of your interests, we have books for you! 

Our featured book is Hatchet by:  Gary Paulsen

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On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

More than a survival story, Hatchet is a tale of tough decisions. When all is stripped down to the barest essentials, Brian discovers some stark and simple truths: Self-pity doesn't work. Despair doesn't work. And if Brian is to survive physically as well as mentally, he must discover courage.

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.


 Below are skills that we will be mastering in the 2nd  9 weeks:


* Discover the central theme/idea.
* Identify characters, main events, and setting in a read aloud.
* Explore the author and illustrator of a story.
* Identify different parts of a book.


* Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

* Know the difference between an author, and illustrator.

First Grade:

* Identify the difference between fiction and nonfiction.
* Identify the main topic and key details of a story.

* Identify the central theme/idea.

Second Grade:

* Recount stories such as folktales, and be able to give the lesson, or moral.
* Describe the story structure of a book, including the beginning and ending.
* Know and use various text features: bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes.

* Begin technology integration in mini-assignments.

Third Grade:

* Use the title page, table of contents, and index to locate information.
* Use resource materials to determine the meaning of unknown words.
* Recognize characteristics of various literary genres:  realistic/historical fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, poetry, drama,
   and traditional stories (folk tales).

Fourth Grade:

* Identify key words when searching for information. Begin technology integration in mini-assignments.
* Use resource materials to determine the meaning, or spelling of a word.
* Recognize characteristics of various literary genres:  realistic/historical fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, poetry, drama,
  and traditional stories (folk tales).se test-taking strategies by answering different levels of questions re:  multiple choice, T/F, and short  answer.
* Gather information from multiple sources.

Fifth Grade:

* Apply and recognize test taking strategies.
* Distinguish between fact or fiction in a text.
* Determine the proper use for the following resources:  dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, almanac, and encyclopedias.
* Discuss parts of a book:  title page, copyright, author, illustrator, index, glossary, preface, etc...
* Technology integration:  incorporate technology in mini-assignments.


Mr. Stokley

"Television can be very entertaining.  Whenever someone turns it on, I go into another room to read." 
-Groucho Marx

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