Saturday, January 14, 2017

Let The Battles Begin

Image result for obob images 2017Every year students (3rd-12th grade) across the state begin reading an assortment of books to do battle.   Oregon Battle of the Books was started in 2006 as a way to connect children and books.

"OBOB's mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students."

The teams consist of four students with one alternate.  Each team must read the 16 books and will be quizzed over content as well as "In Which Book..." questions.

At MRA,  we currently have two 6th-8th grade teams who are in a reading frenzy to complete their books before their first school battle.  At the 3rd-5th grade level we have five teams who are discovering what a battle looks like and working hard to memorize all the titles and authors.

We would like to invite you to our battles.    The following bracket is for the 3rd-5th grade teams.

The first battles for the 3rd-5th teams begin on Monday, January 23rd at 11:30.

The first battle for the 6th-8th grade teams will be on Tuesday, January 24th at 11:30.

We look forward to seeing you there.  Please help us encourage our readers and their hard work.

Friday, December 30, 2016

What The New Year Will Bring In the Mountain Meadow...

Mountain Meadow Book Sale

We are always looking for ways to provide the best resources for our students.  Michelle Urton will be collecting donations (books can be dropped off in the office) and holding a book sale on Fridays.  Each book will be a dollar and the money
raised will go towards buying new titles for our library.  

OBOB 2017

Starting in January our OBOB team of readers will start battles for our school championships.  These battles will determine who will go to regionals.  Our 3-5th grade team will battle on March 18th at Boones Ferry Primary School (Wilsonville). The 6th-8th team’s location and dates are yet to be determined.

Usborne Book Fair

During the week of February 6th we will be hosting an Usborne and Kane Miller Book Fair in the Media Center.   

Usborne and Kane Miller books are the most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. They are high quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated and best of all they are the books kids love to read. Choose from almost 2000 bright colorful and fun titles covering a wide variety of

E-Portfolio Work And Google Drive Apps

Screenshot (8).pngOur Cedar students will be working on their web designs for their portfolios.
Their websites will soon be up and running for all to see.  
Our Alders will continue to hone their technology skills in becoming savvy in using the different Google Apps for their ongoing projects.  

New Resources

 Don’t forget that you can check out our newest book titles by going to and clicking on our Alexandria Card Catalog.  Our Trillium through Clarkia would love your participation in helping them find “right fit” books.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Week Full Of Learning

Trillium Learning:

What is an illustrator and what job do they have to make a book come alive?  This was the question we pondered this week.  We discovered the illustrator, Matthew Myers and a few of the books he has illustrated.
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Huckleberry Learning:

We continued to discover how to unlock information through using text elements such as a Table of Contents, an Index, a Glossary, and photos.  We read a story written by a real astronaut, Chris Hadfield and how he overcame his fear of the dark to become a commander on the Internation Space Station.  This is an adorable book with great illustrations and a cute pug named Albert to interest every reader no matter your age.

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Clarkia Learning:

They are quickly becoming experts on the Dewey Decimal System, thanks to the Melvil Dewey rap and our memory game.

Alder Learning:

The Alders have been studying how to make campaign materials and have been divided into different politcal parties to do research for different debate topics.  They have worked hard to be creative in their flyers, posters, bumper stickers, lawn signs, and advertisments.

Cedar Learning:

Cedars are becoming experts on web design and working hard on putting together their E-Portfolios.

Monday, November 28, 2016

"Know Thyself"

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Reflection is an essential part of learning at MRA.  A student portfolio tells a story of a student's growth in learning.

This year we would like to introduce our Cedars to creating E-portfolios.

The Cedars discussed and discovered this past week how portfolio reflections benefit personal growth and learning:

1)  It  improves understanding of  yourself as a student and the subjects covered.
2)  It helps engage and motivates learners, both individually and as part of a community.
3)  It can  be personalized to our different learning strengths.

Our wordles made to define the benefits of porfolios:

Saturday, November 12, 2016

In the Media Center This Week...

Our Cedar students are continuing to practice their email writing etiquette skills.  We have drafted and formulated emails to Molalla businesses to see if they would like to support MRA through buying our Holiday Greens and Wreaths.  This project was mainly to give our Cedars hands on experience in being professional but we have been rewarded with a couple of responses to our emails which gives us a sense of importance.

Our Alder students are learning how to best organize their emails through learning about gmail's system of labels, filters, and organizations.  They now have folders for each of their teachers and have developed filters for those emails to go directly into the designated folders.

The Clarkia are working hard to maintain their 90% accuracy goal in typing and increasing their speed.  They have worked hard to memorize the homerow keys and correct finger placement.  They are also working on learning different genres of literature with a focus on biographies.  We started reading a great biography on Sacagawea.

The Huckleberries are learning the ways they can unlock information by using text elements.  Finding information about the planet Earth was easy when we looked in the index and found the page numbers, along with remembering that just as we use our index finger to point to things we want, like cookies in the grocery store, a book's index can help direct us to information quickly.

The Trillium are learning the different parts of a book and the information we find on the front cover, spine, and back cover.  We learned about the important job of an author and read about Mo Willems and read one of our favorite Elephant and Piggy books, "We Are In A Book".

Sunday, October 30, 2016

A Treasure Full Of Books

Congratulations MRA!  You exceeded our goal of 500 books sold.  We sold a total of 636 books.  Thank you so much for your support.  This will add at least 50 more new book titles to our Mountain Meadow Media Center.  We were given $132 in donations to All Books in which the Scholastic Possible Fund matches every donation, up to $1 million in books, received through the program and distributes them to children in need through organizations such as Kids In Need Foundation, Reader to Reader, Inc., and the National Center for Families Learning.