Tuesday, December 13, 2011

World Book

A few new/updated items on World Book Web that I recently discovered...
  • Dramatic learning
  • Living Green
  • Early Peoples
  • Inventions and Discoveries
Check them out by clicking on the World Book Web link to the right. Remember you need to have a username and password to use this site away from school.
There is an earlier post with this info.
Have fun learning!

Happy Holidays!

I hope you all have a very Happy Holiday Season.
Enjoy spending time with those you love and
don't forget to KEEP READING EVERY DAY!
❄ ❅ ❆ Mrs. Morley ❆ ❅ ❄

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


This week we are watching "Great Joy" written by Kate DiCamillo and talking about how we can experience the JOY that Christmas has to offer. I encourage you to discuss what you can you do in your family to experience JOY this holiday season?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Slime Kids

Here is a new site for you to check out... Slime Kids. Go to their site by clicking on the "Slime Kids Games" link under Online Games & Fun Stuff.

Thanksgiving Reading...

Did you read every day over our break? Bring your reading calendar to the library this week and you can choose a "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" silly band or other Christmas prize for reading every day.
Thanks for reading!

Chris P. Bacon & his little sister Kristy...

Did you know that we have pigs in the library and they love to "pig out" on books? Classes have been recording their days read each week on our "Road to Success" poster and we have been competing to see which class can have the highest number of days read per student. The 2 classes that have the highest percentage of days read get one of the library pigs, Kristy or Chris P. Bacon, to spend the week in their class with them. READ EVERY DAY and maybe Chris or Kristy can come visit your class for a week.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pioneer Library & World Book Web

Pioneer Library username and password...
Username: pioneer
Password: friend

World Book Web username and password...
Username or ID: alpinedistrict
Password: student

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Family, Thanks & Giving

November is a wonderful time of year to look at all we have to be thankful for and recognize what we can do to give back. Here are just a few special days recognized & celebrated in November. Wow! Did you know there were so many?

November is Family Stories Month - November is the perfect month to recognize the traditional pastime of family stories as we spend time with loved ones to give thanks and enjoy home-based festivities. Family stories are tales about people, places and events related to the members of our immediate family or their ancestors

National Family Literacy Day – Focuses on the importance of family literacy. First held in 1994, the annual event is officially celebrated on November 1st, but many events are held throughout the month of November.

World Kindness Day (November 13) and World Kindness Week (November 14-20) The purpose of World Kindness Day/week is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realize we are citizens of the world.

National Family Volunteer Day (November 19) Designed to showcase the benefits of families working together, and volunteer as a family. National Family Volunteer Day is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving and kicks off National Family Week

National Family Week (November 20-26) National Family Week embraces the premise that children live better lives when their families are strong. It is observed during Thanksgiving week.

THANKSGIVING DAY (November 24) Families and friends eat a special meal, made to remember the Pilgrims, who came from England in 1620 to make a new life in North America.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Where's Waldo!

It was so much fun seeing all of your costumes today.
Did you see me,
or should I say WALDO?
I was Waldo.
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oh, Bats!

This week we are sharing "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon then learning the poem below, 5 little bats.

5 little bats sitting on the floor

1 flew away and then there were 4

4 little bats sitting in a tree

1 flew away and then there were 3

3 little bats tasting witches brew

1 flew away and then there were 2

2 little bats just having fun

1 flew away and then there was 1

1 little bat who likes to pretend

Won’t fly away because he is your friend

Monday, October 17, 2011

October 20 & 21st we don't have school because it is Fall Break, but we would still like you to read every day. Let's keep up those days read numbers and earn extra tickets for our "Road to Success" drawing at the end of the month.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Pumpkins have taken over the library! Students will have a chance to win them when we have our Road to Success drawing at the end of the month.

Road to Success Giveaway!!

At the end of October we will have our first "Road to Success" giveaway.
Prizes we will be giving away...
1 bike
1 i-Pod nano
1 $50 savings certificate
8 painted pumpkins from the library
& more...
Keep reading and earning those coupons!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011


The Book Fair is coming the first week in October, during parent teacher conferences.
Click on the "book fair" link under online resources to see more info about it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Road to Success

You can see how Orchard Elementary is doing on our "Road to Success" reading goal by clicking on the "RTS leaderboard" link under online resources. All the schools that participate in the Road to Success program are listed there. What number is Orchard? Keep reading to help us meet our goal!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


(Children's Literature Association of Utah)
is hosting a Fall Book Festival
Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
Michael O. Tunnell, author of Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot”
& the “Candy Bomber” himself,
Col. Gail S. Halvorsen
FREE Orem Public Library Story Wing
Orem, UT

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pioneer Library/World Book

To use World Book and Pioneer Library online you will need to know the below information...

World Book Web username and password...
Username or ID: alpinedistrict
Password: student

Pioneer Library username and password...
Username: pioneer
Password: friend

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


This year we will be discovering the "magic" in books. Not necessarily fantasy magic, but how books can be magic in our lives; taking us on adventures through using our imagination and magically transforming us into readers & leaders.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Here is a poster of the art display made with the cranes collected by Students Rebuild in the spring. Orchard Elementary donated 3,580 of the cranes that made this display. Go to the "Crane Poster" link under online resources to find out more about it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Online Researcher

This summer our circulation system was updated. With the upgrades you can now view our researchers online, so you can search our library collection anywhere you have access to the internet. Go to the web address below to check out our new online library researcher, or click on the link "researcher" under online resources.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Back to School!

Are you ready for school to start next week?
I am so excited to start a new school year and hope you are too. Thank you to all of thestudents that came to the library this summer. Remember if you havebooks checked out from summer library, they will need to be returned before you can check out new books during the school year.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ending the year with a SPLASH!!

Our principal was such a great sport as students tried to dunk him today. A few were able to dunk him, ending the year with a big SPLASH!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


School will be out before you know it. Above is a summer reading calendar with great ideas on how to keep reading this summer while having fun too. Click on the calendar to see a larger copy. Also check out the "Summer Reading Links for ideas on activities and info on how you can get free stuff just for reading this summer.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

In the News!!

Daily Herald came to Orchard on Tuesday to do a story about our crane project. Check out the story by going to the "Daily Herald Story" link under online resources.

As I posted earlier, we mailed a box with 2,501 cranes on Tuesday, but cranes are still flying in. Students Rebuild has sent us a mailing label so we will mail a second box at the end of this week. We have folded an additional
cranes that will be sent in our second box for a grand total of 3,580 cranes = $7,160.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


We collected 2,501 cranes.
The Bezos Family Foundation will donate $5,002 for those cranes.
I have mailed the cranes to Students Rebuild (even though I told you we would collect through April) because I wanted our cranes to be in the first 100,000 received so they will be included in the art installation. Thank you for all of your help !!

*We will give additional cranes collected to Osh Kosh B Gosh who is donating children's clothing to Japan cranes.

Paper Cranes for Japan

We are making origami cranes to help with the "students rebuild" effort for Japan. To find out more info on this effort go to the "students rebuild" link under online resources. We will be collecting paper cranes in the library throughout the month of April. Our goal is to collect 1,000 paper cranes?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Storyline Online

A student told me about another online story site called storylineonline where celebrities read children's books. I've added a link to their site under online resources. Check it out!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Dewey Decimal Games

Next week will be library challenge week. Each class will be playing a game to test their knowledge of the Dewey Decimal system or the order books are put away in the library. I will be keeping score and reward the classes that get the highest scores. If you would like to practice for the game next week, go to the "Dewey Matching or Order" links under the online games list.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I appreciate you!

This week is teacher/staff appreciation week, when the PTA and students go out of their way to show their appreciation to the teachers/staff @ Orchard. I just want to let you know that I appreciate all of the love and support I feel from YOU, not just this week but all year long. I love my job and couldn't ask for a better group of students, staff & parents to work with.
Thank you,
Mrs. Morley

Online Storytime

This week we are watching the online story "Strega Nona" by Tomie dePaola on the Barnes&Noble website.
Tomie dePaola was awarded the Wilder Award this year. The Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. If you would like to watch other online stories available through Barnes&Noble click on the "B&N online story" link under online resources.

Monday, February 28, 2011


I had the opportunity to help judge at the storytelling assembly today and have to say that all of the storytellers did a great job. In fact, they were so good I want to have students regularly tell stories during library time. If this is something you would be interested in, please let Mrs. Morley know.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dr. Seuss

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday. The "Suessville" website has tons of fun games, videos and info on Dr. Suess and his characters/books. I will be sharing some of the site with students this week but you can explore more on your own by going to the "Seussville" link under online resources.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I want to thank all those that have supported our book fairs this year either by volunteering or purchasing books. With our rewards, and money earned, we have been able to get many books and supplies for the media center. With some of the rewards we will soon be getting this rug to go along with our fantasy theme and are also making plans to get new couches. We couldn't have done this without your help and support.
Thank you, Mrs. Morley

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

President's Day

I am showing a presentation about President's Day this week. As part of it we watch 2 short movies from history.com about the white house and George Washington. Go to the history.com link under online resources to find other cool movies about history.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fractured Fairy tales

Many classes have been reading (and making up their own) fairy tales and nursery rhymes so this week I am sharing a fractured fairy tale "Previously" by Allan Ahlberg. You can make up your own fractured fairy tale with your favorite fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters... it's kind of fun!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

On Vetran's Day we talked about vetran Gail Halvorsen, known as "The Chocolate Bomber." Mr. Halvorsen still lives (part time) in our area, and has family here, so the students wrote notes of gratitude to him for his service.
To my surprise we received a response and I am excited to share the letter Gail wrote during library this week, along with the story of a girl that also received a letter from Gail Halvorsen, "Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot" by Margot Theis Raven.

Thank you Mr. Halvorsen!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

paperclip bookmark

I was looking for images of hearts and stumbled across this picture of paperclip bookmarks. These would be so easy to make for your favorite Valentine readers.
Happy Valentine's Day & Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Book Fair

Come see Clifford at the Book Fair!!
Open after school Wed & Thurs

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I received a fun set of "question" dice this week that we are using in our story time discussion. We are reading "THE EMPTY POT" by DEMI and then rolling the dice to see if anyone can answer the questions it asks. This is a great story about honesty and it will be fun to see how well students listen and comprehend what happens in the story.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Book Fair

During parent teacher conferences, the first week in February, we will be having a Scholastic book fair in the library. Next week we will be watching highlights of a few of the books that will be available and students will be bringing home a flyer with more information on some of the books we will have. I hope to see you there! ~ Mrs. Morley

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Media Center Theme

We have two mini-themes going in the media center right now, fantasy/castle & animal/jungle. We are going to choose one of these two themes and GO BIG. I need your help!! Choose which theme you think we should do by voting to the right.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

And the winners are...

Below is a list of many of the award winners announced January 10th...

Newbery Medal- for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature
"Moon Over Manifest" written by Clare Vanderpool

Caldecott Medal- for the most distinguished American picture book for children
"A Sick Day for Amos McGee" illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead

Coretta Scott King (Author) Award - honoring an African American author
"One Crazy Summer" written by Rita William-Garcia

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award - honoring an African American illustrator
"Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave" illustrated by Bryan Collier

Belpre (Illustrator) Award- honoring a Latino illustrator
"Grandma's Gift" illustrated and written by Eric Velasquez

Belpre (Author) Award- honoring a Latino writer
"The Dreamer" written by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Peter Sis

Geisel Award- for the most distinguished beginning reader book
"Bink and Gollie" written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

Sibert Medal- most distinguished informational books for children
"Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot" written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop

Wilder Medal-
honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
Tomie dePaola

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Caldecott & Newbery

Next Monday, January 10th, the Caldecott & Newbery Award winners will be announced. This week I am sharing a few of the past award winners and encouraging students to find other award winning books in the library that they can read.

If you would like to view a list of Caldecott (picture book) Award winners from the past, go to the ALSC Caldecott link under the online resources. Once at the ALSC site, you can also see the Newbery winners from the past by choosing that tab on the left.