Sunday, February 26, 2017

In The Meadow...

The Trillium continue to use their detective skills in determining if a book is fiction, created from the author's imagination or nonfiction, a collection of facts that are true about a certain subject.
They were quick to surmise that this book had to be nonfiction because "presidents are real".  They learned that George Washington had fake teeth made from gold, ivory, and horse or cow teeth!

They quickly analyzed that a duck really couldn't become president after reading this charming story.  We laughed through the story and talked about the imagination of an author.

The Huckleberry classes impressed me with their knowledge of what a community is.  "A group of people that are brought together because they share something in common".  This came straight out of our intelligent Huckleberry classes.  They were full of interesting comments and facts about our Molalla history.   We read, "Abuela" which is about a story of a grandmother and granddaughter who imagining flying over New York City. We discussed the similarities and differences between the communities of Molalla and New York City.

The Clakia classes have been delving into the research about the Oregon Trail.  We are learning how to unlock information through the use of the many text tools such as:  how to use a table of contents, index, photographs, captions, and more.  We started reading a "Choose Your Own Adventure Along the Oregon Trail" book.  We are excited to see what happens to us as we get to chose our own fates.  The Clarkia also finished up their Fast Fact Animal research using our OSLIS database site.  Their research will be posted on our white board.  Please stop in to see their work.  

The Alder and Cedars took time to reflect on their hard work during the American Heritage Day Project.  They are making thoughtful reflections about what they felt went well during the process and what they learned and adding these to their Eportfolios.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Busy Week In The Mountain Meadow

Usborne Book Fair

We had a great time exploring new books from Usborne this week.  The favorites were the "Shine-a-Light" books.  Please ask your student to share with you what these books can do!  We were able to spend over $600 for new books for the library.  Thank you so much.  If you would still like to order, the following link will be open until Tuesday of this week.

Usborne Books

OBOB Results!!

3rd-5th grade Snicker Of Reading won the school OBOB tournament!   All teams battled very well and it was so great to see a big audience to support our readers.  Snicker of Reading will battle at regionals on Saturday, March 18th at Boones Ferry Elementary School in Wilsonville.  

6th-8th grade Book Wyrms won their tournament!  This was a close battle the whole way.  They will battle at regionals in Estacada on Sunday, March 19th.  Thank you for your support.  

Friday, February 3, 2017

Come to the Media Center This Week Before and After School!

Usborne Book Fair Is Here!
Look for our teacher's wish lists located on the wall in the media center.  Let's fill their classrooms with engaging books and new titles.  

Check out the great selection of books!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Week of Learning

In Trillium classes we have been exploring fiction and nonfiction titles.  The Trillium are steadily becoming confident in identifying the different parts of books.

In Huckleberry classes we are continuing to explore and review call numbers and how books are organized in the library.

In Clarkia, we have taken on the challenge of organizing nonfiction books by their call numbers through some hands on activities.

In computer classes the Clarkia have been using their detective skills to research some facts on animals that Lewis and Clark may have seen on the trail.

The Alders have been working on keeping proper typing technique while improving their typing speed.  They have been learning how to use Google Docs and will be using their knowledge of word processing to format a MLA research paper in the next week.

The Cedars continue to work on their E-Portfolios.  They will be using these portfolios for their student led conferences.

Please remember the Usborne Book Fair will be here next week.

OBOB battles are continuing this week at lunch.   Please come support our readers.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Usborne Book Fair Will Be Here Soon


When:   February 6th-10th; Before and After School
Where:  In the Mountain Meadow Media Center
Who:     Everyone is welcome to come check out these    
              exciting, new books

We are looking for volunteers to help with book sales, before and after school.
Thank you.

Please contact Iva Quinlan:

Reminder: Our Oregon Battle of the Books Battles begin this week. Please join us in supporting our readers.

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.