Monday, May 15, 2017


It's the time of year when we would all like to spend more time outdoors. What a great time to learn more about the critters in the ARTHROPOD family, especially those that we need to be cautious of, like ticks! It's also a perfect time to observe the pollinators that are in our gardens, like bees and butterflies? In the learning commons we will be learning about INSECTS and ARACHNIDS, and all of the things that bugs do that help as well as hurt us.
This playlist has informative videos about bugs as well as information about how to be safe from ticks.

For additional information about ticks click on these links:

Brain Pop has videos about Lyme Disease as well as Arachnids, Spiders, Insects, and Ants. You can also read about Arthropods at Brittanica Encyclopedia Online using the Marvel Database.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Take a look at these incredible poetry performances.

These are poems from some of my favorite poets. Who is your favorite poet?

Would you like to learn more about how to write your own poems? This playlist has videos to show you how.

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 be for? 
  • 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.