Every year the Texas Library Association selects 20 book nominees for the Texas Bluebonnet Award. All across Texas students in 3rd-5th grade participate by voting for their favorite book from the list of nominees. By January, students who have read or heard at least 5 of these books are eligible to vote for their favorite. The votes are submitted online and the book with the most student votes wins the Texas Bluebonnet Award.
Students grades 3rd-5th at Barton Elementary are encouraged to read and vote for their favorite book. Students will receive a log to track their progress. Logs must have at least 5 completed entries and need to be turned in by the deadline in order to qualify to vote.
The theme of the program is "Read 5 Then Decide" because if students read a minimum of five books from the current master list (or have the books read aloud to them), they have the opportunity to vote for their favorite title during the month of January.
The title with the most votes statewide is declared the winner the Texas Bluebonnet Award!
Teachers, parents, and librarians are encouraged to read some of the books aloud.
I am excited to share that this year Barton Elementary will have a Bluebonnet Book Club. The Bluebonnet Book Club will be for 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students. The club will read and discuss the 20 Texas Bluebonnet books nominated for the year and vote for their favorite book in January. Bluebonnet club members are allowed to check out one Bluebonnet book at a time. Details on meeting days and times will be updated.
After student have read one Bluebonnet Book they will have to fill out a BlueBonnet Google Form and answer some questions about the book to participate in the club.
Student Library Assistant Expectations
- You will be assigned a job to do in the Library for each 6 weeks period. You will be expected to work your area and get it into good shape.
- You are not to trade sections with other student assistants; part of your training is to know the entire library.
- When you finish your area, you may ask the Librarian what job you need to do next. You don’t just finish your section and then choose a buddy to work with so you can talk.
- Complete the trainings 1-11 and print out all of the certificates in the library. Training sessions will be held afterschool (or arrange time) on the computers in the Library.
Student Library Assistant Benefits (Only if you attend your times)
- Student Library Assistants will receive a certificate at the end of the school year.
- There will be a pizza party after school at the end of the year
- Students will have access to new books when they arrive.
- Students will receive a $10.00 gift certificate for each Book Fair.
What is Makerspace you might ask?
To describe Makerspace in simple fashion, it is an area that allows for creativity and innovation to occur. For example, students have the freedom to design, engineer, fabricate, create, build and collaborate. Makerspaces provide students with a place to tinker and develop something that possibly wouldn’t be possible to create without a space with resources.
This year Barton Library will offer a Makerspace for students in the morning. Thursday Grades 3-5 from 7:00 am – 7:30 am must enter through the gym and the first 30 students will get a pass to go to the library and participate (first come, first serve). Due to space we are not able to allow all the students to enter the Makerspace area.
We are asking that you consider becoming a volunteer and explore what this great new movement is all about or donate some items that may otherwise be discarded. We can “turn your trash into new treasure” and use these items to develop critical thinkers as student’s engineer, design and create new products with them. Thanks for all your help! For more information, you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-600-4137. Follow us on Twitter @BartonLib1 or Website www.irvingisd.net/BartonLibrary
-Suggested list for donations for a MakerSpace Center or a STEAM
- gallon sized zip lock bags
- 3x5 masking tape
- Duct tape
- unwrapped straws
- paper or plastic cups
- aluminum foil
- Craft sticks/ tongue depressors
- other light cloth material
- Wire Tools: wrenches, screw drivers, and pliers
- Clean Styrofoam plates
- other small plastic containers
What is Scratch?
Scratch is an on-line program that makes it easy for you to program your own interactive stories, games and animations, through colorful drag-and-drop blocks. It comes with some background images, characters and sounds ready to use, but you can also add your own images and sounds, making it even more fun.
What is Hour of Code?
'The 'Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week (https://csedweek.org), and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.'
Reading is at the heart of education, and the only way to get better at reading is to do it! To encourage your child to “read their heart out” this year, our classroom is participating in the BOOK IT!® Program. Below is more information on how it works, along with a few ideas for how to get involved at home. *There is no purchase necessary and the pizza can be taken to go.
- Each month from October through March, I will set a reading goal for your child.
- I will read aloud in class, show my love for reading and instill a love of reading in your child.
- When the goal is met, I will celebrate the achievement by recognizing your child with a Reading Award Certificate in front of the whole class!
- Review the goal with your child, and set aside time at home to read every day.
- Be a role model by reading yourself and reading to or with your child to show that you, too, value books and love reading.
- When your child achieves their monthly goal, make it a celebration! You can redeem your child’s Reading Award Certificate for a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza®*, Passport to Reading and sticker at Pizza Hut. So, make it a date! That special one-on-one time can make your child’s reading achievement even sweeter.
Braum’s Book Buddy is a reading incentive program for children in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Each child can earn up to six Braum’s ice cream treats throughout the school year just by reading, and it costs nothing to participate in the program!
The program begins in October and lasts throughout the school year. Teachers distribute Braum’s Book Buddy booklets to their students and then monitor book reading by placing a Book Buddy sticker in the student’s booklet for each book read. When a student has read six books, the teacher rewards the student with a coupon for a free treat from Braum’s!
Welcome to the Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club!
Your child’s school is participating in an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks.
Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school’s deadline noted below is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at one participating Six Flags Theme Park. Students will develop a greater appreciation for books when they see
that you think reading is important too. You are sure to have fun as you investigate the world of reading together!