Sunday, March 26, 2017

Award Winning Books 2017

Take a look at some of these books that won prestigious medals in 2017.

If you could create your own award what would it before? 
  • Best fiction character
  • Amazing author
  • Most interesting informational book
Design your own medal and pick a book to award it to.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Float by Daniel Miyares

This week we are reading a new Chickadee nominee, Float by Daniel Miyares. It is a wordless picture book about a boy's adventures with a paper boat.  Click on the playlist below to learn how to create your own paper boat!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Visit With An Author


What inspires a story?
How do authors make books?
How long does it take?
How do illustrators make the pictures?
How do you come up with characters?


Monday, January 2, 2017

Meet the Chicks


Each year South School students join with other kids from the state of Maine to help choose the next Chickadee Medal winner.  Join in the fun and read these books at home with your kids. If you would like to be a guest reader at South just let me know.  We are inviting people from the community in to read two of the nominees; Land Shark by By Beth Ferry, Illustrated by Ben Mantle, and Emmanuel's Dream by By Laurie Ann Thompson and Sean Qualls.

January is the month when many prestigious awards are given in the book industry. Watch for announcements for the new Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Theodore Geisel and Sibert award winners. Links are attached on the right sidebar of this website.

Click on this link to learn more about the Chickadee Award, LINK

Students in grades 4-8 are encouraged to read the 40 books nominated to receive the 2016 Maine Student Book Award.  Here is the link to learn more about them. LINK 

Many Chickadee nominees and MSBA nominees are available online from our South School Learning Commons Library and from the Rockland Public Library.  Please let me know if you need help accessing them.











Monday, December 5, 2016

Hour of Code is BACK!

“The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”


  1. Click the yellow Start button
  2. Choose from Moana, Minecraft, Star Wars, Anna and Elsa
  3. The left side of the screen is the Game Space, the middle section is your Tool Box, and the right side is the Work Space
  4. If you get stuck, Read and Reread your directions at the top of the game space

Monday, November 28, 2016

Be a DOODLER

Can't draw?  Try doodling. It's relaxing, creative, and fun! Explore doodling in the  Learning Commons new Maker Space. Watch these videos to learn more. Enjoy!

Creative work will be displayed in the Learning Commons and shared on the Learning Commons website.