Thursday, May 23, 2013


In this year's Newbery Award Winner, "The One and Only Ivan", Katherine Applegate tells the story of Iavn.

"Ivan is an easygoing gorilla.  Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain.  He rarely misses his life in the jungle.  In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.
Instead, Ivan things about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog.  But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and and a well-placed line.
Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home - and his own art - through new eyes.  When Ruby arrived, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better." -

Mrs. Bartholomew's class was so moved by the characters that they began researching about zoos and finding out more about the animals in the book.  In their research, they stumbled upon a website for The Elephant Sanctuary, which is a 2,700 acre refuge for African and Asian elephants.

They have enjoyed going to the website and finding the elephants as they roam around the property and, next week, they will have the chance to talk with folks at the Sanctuary via a webcam to learn even more about the different types of elephants and how the Sanctuary helps theses majestic creatures.

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Our 3rd graders asked their parents that question and received answers such as Italy, Ukraine, Ireland, Germany, and China.  You see, they are doing research on their family's history.

In the computer lab, Mrs. Peterson's class used one of our Library Resources, CultureGrams, to find information about the places their family is from.  They gathered information on everything from the government to language to history to food and much more.

Students will use this information to create a project then bring in food that represents their culture for their end of the year parties. What fun!

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Forest Creek Elementary Library has a new web page!
You can access it through the Forest Creek Elementary site or simply to go .

In addition to linking to the library catalog and research resources electronic books and databases, 
our librarian, Mrs. Smith, has made pages of handy links to sites that offer story time
 read-aloud and other sites that promote literacy in fun ways.  
In a week or so, there will be a page dedicated to local summer reading programs.

There are also quite a few photos of our little coyotes enjoying the library and its books and programs.
Browse the pictures to see why children smile so big when they are coming to the library!


"What's Going On?"


Thursday, May 2, 2013


It looks like what students learn in 2nd Grade is useful when they get to 4th Grade as well!
Mrs. Kelso's 2nd grade class has gathered information about their chosen topic 
and are using it to create a PowerPoint.
Down the hall in Mrs. Kirby's 4th grade class, students have a similar task.
This is great practice for 3rd grade and 5th grade!

Mrs. Kelso - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Kelso - 2nd Grade
Mrs. Kelso - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Kirby - 4th Grade

Mrs. Kirby - 4th Grade
Mrs. Kirby - 4th Grade