The library at Marion Cross School is an an active area where learning occurs through:
- reading and sharing books
- learning and applying research skills
- collaboration in small groups
- discussion and the implementation of technology tools and skills
- student presentations of new knowledge
- games that reinforce or assess students' library skills
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Battle of the Books Program
This is an optional program for students in 4th and 5th grade. Students form a team of two or three people and then as a team, they read the books that are on the Battle of the Books list. Teammates don't have to all read the same number of books, but I do require that each member read at least three in order to be on a team.
In April or May, the Book Battles take place. This involves a Jeopardy-style game with the categories of: plot, genre, tricky, character and setting.
An additional part of the Book Battles is the 'Bonus Round' where only one team at a time is asked a question. This allows students to take a break from the fast-paced buzzer part of the Book Battle.
Battle of the Books List for 2019 - 2020
|Amal Unbound||Aisha Saeed|
|Front Desk||Kelly Yang|
|Louisiana's Way Home||Kate DiCamillo|
|Out of Left Field||Ellen Klages|
|Liar & Spy||Rebecca Stead|
|Inside Out and Back Again||Thanhha Lai|
|Right as Rain||Lindsey Stoddard|
|Room One; A Mystery or Two||Andrew Clements|
|Pay Attention Carter Jones||Gary Schmidt|
|Number the Stars||Lois Lowry|
|A Tangle of Knots||
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Creative Commons: the older students are taught how to understand and use the various Creative Commons licenses.
Kid Rex: sponsored by Google Safe Search
instaGrok: a visual and interactive search engine that collects educational content and displays it in the form of a cloud of related words. In addition to the visual map, content is displayed in the form of text, images, video and web links. Students can use the slider tool to access usable information by self-selecting the level of difficulty of results displayed.
This program, sponsored by the PTO, is a wonderful way to honor and celebrate an event in your child's life, such as a birthday, first lost tooth, a pet's birthday, a relative or teacher, the first day of Spring, etc. Participation is optional.
How to Participate
Fill out a form - available in the main office, or through the PTO website - and indicate how much money you would like to donate, the honoree's name and the event to be recognized.
Book selection takes place approximately once a month. On the appropriate month, your child will come to the library to choose a book from several bins of books that have been pre-selected by the librarian.
A book plate will be signed by your child and placed in the front of the book. That child will be the first person to check out the book. Additionally, they will get the opportunity to search the online catalog for their chosen book by typing in their name.
- How many books can be checked out?
- When can library books be returned?
- When can library books be checked out?
- What to do if a book is lost or damaged?
- What is the DCF Program and where can I find the list for this year?
- New Panel
This is a Vermont reading program for students in 4th through 8th grade. Voting takes place mid-April. Those students who have read five or more books from the list are eligible to vote for their favorite book.
By clicking on above link, you will find the list of all 30 nominees for this year as well as further information about the DCF program.