Friday, September 15, 2017

Welcome to the 2017/18 School Year!


Book exchange started this week in the Pilgrim Wood Library.  I love to see the excitement as students look for their favourite books or discover new books.  Books are due two weeks after the checkout date, but many students return their books after one week so they can sign out new books.

Here is the weekly book exchange schedule for students in grades K - 5/6:


Open Space for Grades 6 to 8 

Students in grades 6 to 8 can exchange their books during Open Space.  Open Space happens during period 5 every day.  Students must first ask their teacher for a note in order to come to Open Space.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

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In Celebration of Canada's 150th year, the Pilgrim Wood Library is offering a reading contest called "I Read Canada".  
  • Pick up your "I Read Canada" card at the Library.
  • Read 3 books either by a Canadian author or about Canada.  
  • For each book read, ask an adult to initial your "I Read Canada" card under a maple leaf.
  • Bring your completed card to the library and put it in the draw jar for your chance to win cool Canada prizes!

Contest ends June 19th.  Happy Reading!

  

Monday, April 3, 2017


March is Women's History Month

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Every Day Is Malala Day by Rosemary McCarney

A 5W Book Summary by Josie, a Grade 4 Student

Who: Malala is a person that wanted girls to get the education that boys did. But she and her friends got shot because they thought that a bullets would keep girls quiet.

Why: Malala wanted girls to get the same education as boys, make a change in the world and help women rights. Boys did not have to work to go to school and girls had to work a lot to go to school.

What: Malala helped lots of girls to get an education by changing people’s minds so girls could go to school. They shot Malala with a bullet but it did not stop her.

Where: Malala was shot in Pakistan. But she was on her way to school and she got shot on her way to school. She got shot by a member on the Taliban because she was speaking up for girls.

When: Malala Yousafzai was shot on October 9, 2012 when she was fifteen years old. Malala did her speech in front of a thousand of people on July 12, 2013 on her 16th birthday.
March is Women's History Month
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A Book  5W Book Summary by Avery, a Grade 4 Student

My book choice was “Who was Amelia Earhart”, by Kate Boehm Jerome and illustrated by David Cain.

Who was Amelia Earhart?
Amelia Earhart was a pioneer, writer, speaker and the first woman ever to be a airplane pilot.

What did Amelia Earhart attempt?
She was the first woman to attempt to fly across the world in an airplane. Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan (her navigator) went missing around the Pacific Ocean when she was forty years old.

What did Amelia Earhart accomplish? She worked hard to make sure women had more equal rights when at the time they did not have very much equality. By being the first female airplane pilot she opened many opportunities in aviation for women.

Where was Amelia Earhart born?
Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas and then moved to Los Angeles and Chicago. She also spent some time in Toronto.

When was Amelia Earhart born?
She was born July 24,1897, went missing on July 2, 1937 and she was married to George Putnam on February 7, 1931.

Why was Amelia Earhart important? Amelia Earhart was an important figure in history because she was a courageous woman who helped women’s rights at a time when women had very little equality.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

  
 Freedom to Read Week at the Pilgrim Wood Library
February 26 – March 4, 2017

This is a display of books that have been challenged and/or banned from other libraries. The students at Pilgrim Wood are encouraged to read these books and to celebrate their freedom to read!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Book Review by Amanda, a Grade 5 Student
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Crossing To Freedom              
by: Virginia Frances Schwartz
                                                                                                    Solomon,Levi and Grandpa Jacob all headed to freedom. They were slaves and didn’t like it one bit. They ran away with slave catchers on their backs until Grandpa Jacob couldn’t take it. So they left him at a safe spot to rest and were off on their way. After a long walk they found a place where they can earn money and be happy for a while.

I like this book because it has a very good story line.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Review by Vincent, a Grade 4 Student
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Book title: Who Was Martin Luther King Jr?
Written by: Bonnie Bader
Illustrated by: Elizabeth Wolf


Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Skipping two grades in school, he graduated from high school at age 15. He was married to a lady named Coretta Scott whom he met at the Boston University of Theology. Martin spoke for civil rights as a man. He led many marches and made many speeches including his famous “I have a dream” speech. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Even though he is dead, Martin’s dream lives on.


I think that it was fitting for Martin to do what he did. This is because he believed in peace and influenced many people with his speeches.


I really admire how Martin would always use peaceful means to communicate his message. He would never physically fight back if the response to his protests was negative.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Book Review by Vanessa, a Grade 4 Student

Good Pirate
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         By: Kari-Lynn Winters
    Illustrated by: Fran├žois Thisdale

A brief summary: In the book, Phoebe is on a walk with her grandma (who is blind). Some kids say as they pass by “Hey french toast”. Phoebe’s grandma asks why they call her that. Phoebe struggles to reply. Later on, Phoebe's grandma asks what colour her skin is. Phoebe says like maple syrup poured over french toast.


I like how the book talked about different skin tones but everyone should be treated the same. I did not like how some kids teased Phoebe about her skin.


I thought the book was a meaningful story that could teach people a lot about respect.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review by Josie, a Grade 4 Student
My Brother Martin
By: Christine King Farris
Illustrated By: Chris Soentpiet

At the beginning, Martin Luther King Jr.´s sister remembers when Martin was first born in the same room as his sister. Martin parents worked far away, so his grandparents had to take care of him and his sister. Once in a while Martin and his sister would hide in a bush in front of their house, and they would stick out a furry thing and it would scare their parents.

I like that the book tells how Martin´s family grew up, and how he lived. What I did not like is that Martin´s friends had to move away.

I think that when Martin´s friends moved away I would've said to the parents "Why does he have to move away? We were really good friends."

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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February is Black History Month.  Mrs. Cann is offering a Book Review Challenge for students in Grades 4-8!

Read a book about black history.  There is a display of books in the library.  Write a review of your chosen book that includes all of the following:

  • The book’s title and author
  • A brief summary of the plot that doesn’t give away too much
  • Comments on the book’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Your personal response to the book with specific examples to support praise or criticism
Submit your review to Mrs. Cann by sending an email to: canns@hdsb.ca

Mrs. Cann will choose one book review to publish on this blog each week in February.  If your review is chosen you will also win a book!