In the words of Gandolf, “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure”! This year we will be exploring new genres in reading. We will learn what a genre is, about many different types of genres and then take many different paths to tell about our adventures!
We will learn about 8 different genres and choose 4 of them to use for our adventure. If our adventurers finish their 4 adventures, they will be invited to celebrate with us at a library party in April. Here is a peek at the map we will be following:
- We will start our adventure at the end of September and should be back in March, before Spring break. Our party will take place in late April.
- We will first learn what a genre is and why it matters.
- We will be introduced to 8 genres in fiction. Students will choose books to read in at least 4 of those genres.
- They will take a different path for each book they read. (We will learn how to take each path.)
- Path choices:
- Book Review (write why they liked or did not like this book)
- Book Talk (tell the class why this book is so good)
- Draw a Picture (of their favorite part of the book)
- Quote (tell their favorite quote or line from the book)
- If they read 4 books in different genres they will reach the Dwarf-level and be invited to the Library party. If they want to go further in their adventure and read 5-6 books, they will reach the Elf level. If they read 7 books they will reach the Wizard level. If they read a book in all 8 genres they will reach the highest level, which is a Hobbit!
We are excited to see where this adventure leads us! Maybe we will discover new genres we didn’t know we liked; maybe we will learn to love reading a little more, but what I know for sure is that we will not remain the same! We will all learn and grow, as adventures help you do!
How exciting adventures are! What do you think? Will you share in an adventure with us? I hope so! It won’t be the same without you!
With excitement and expectation,
Ms. Holly and Ms. Chandra
Battle of the Books
If you have a child in 3rd – 6th grade this year that loves to read, consider having him/her try out for one of the Battle of the Books (BOTB) Book teams. Battle of the Books is a tournament put on by Douglas County Libraries, between Douglas County Schools that takes place in February and March annually. DCS Montessori will be sending our finest readers to represent our school.
There will be an informational parent meeting at the beginning of the school year to discuss details and what to expect if you try out.
Check out the DCS Montessori Library Catalog
Destiny – This is our school library catalog and you can conduct a search for any book you want. If you are an Upper Elementary student, you can log in and check your account, post your book reviews and even reserve a book!
Visit the Douglas County Library Website
Did you know the Castle Pines Branch is right across the street from our school? You can order your books, movies and more online – have them delivered to the Castle Pines Branch – and pick them up on your way home from school! It’s so easy! Click here for more information.
Reading Level Websites
www.lexile.com – find books at your child’s lexile reading level
Reading Level Conversion Charts – click on a chart below to expand the chart
Holly Morgan, Librarian
I have been with the Douglas County School District for 8 years. I began this wonderful journey at Castle Rock Middle School, then spent 2 years at Douglas County Libraries and then was blessed to become part of the incredible team here at DCS in 2012.
I have always loved books! Even when I was a little girl I remember being so engrossed in The Chronicles of Narnia that I would dream I was in Narnia at night and be sad to awaken to plain old California in the morning!
I also have a full life outside of work with a wonderful husband, 4 amazing children and 4 awesome grandchildren!
Thank you for the opportunity to share my love of reading with your children! We are learning so much from each other and I so enjoy walking this adventure with them!
Chandra Ullom, Library Assistant
Hi! My name is Chandra Ullom and I love books! I even met my husband at the college library where we both worked. That was just a short 21 years ago. Since then, we have found Colorado to be the most beautiful place to live and raise our two beautiful daughters. They both attend DCS Montessori and I don’t know who has learned more, my children or myself. I love sharing my joy of reading with other children and look forward to working in such a rich learning environment.
When I am not reading, I take care of three dogs, two guinea pigs, and only one cat. My favorite quote is “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” ~ Groucho Marx
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