Jordan Anderson
MRE Library
Phone: 936-276-4625 circulation
Email: jordan.anderson@misd.org

 

 

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Mrs. Anderson

Welcome to the Madeley Ranch Library; where the MAGIC happens! 

My name is Jordan Anderson, and I am the Librarian at MRE.  This is my 2nd year at The Ranch and my 10th year in Montgomery ISD.  I consider myself beyond blessed to get to spend each day with children.  They make every moment so exciting!  I received my Bachelor's degree from Texas State University (eat em' up Cats!), and I later received my Master's degree in Educational Technology Leadership.  The library has always been such a magical place to me, and I am so excited to share my love of reading, passion of learning and thrills of technology with our Mustangs this year.  It is going to be absolutely PERFECT!

I miss seeing your faces each week!  I hope these little lessons bring joy to your heart, smiles to your faces, and learning to your brains!  Click on the weeks below to see lessons.  There is also a drop down menu full of various activities and websites for you to enjoy!  I hope to see you all soon.   Please email me with questions, comments, or even just a hello; I would love to hear from each of you. 

 

  • Click here for a refresher on how to access Destiny Discover!  You can CHECK OUT E-BOOKS FROM HOME! How cool is that?!  Watch the short review video if you need help remembering how to access Destiny!       https://youtu.be/lthBn1FUO4A

    If you would like to place a book on hold between now and September 1st, you can access our library through Destiny!  You will place the book(s) on hold, and I will get it together for you and place them outside in a bin labeled "library books".  You can pick them up any day between 8:00-4:00.  You won't return them until we resume school in the Fall.  Or, if you are opting for virtual learning, you may place them in the return bin (outside of the school doors) during regular school hours! 


  • This week I am going to read a fun book with you called Iggy Peck Architect Written by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts.

    CHALLENGE:  build a bridge that can hold weight using items that you have inside your home.  You could use Legos, blocks, recycled materials (paper towel rolls, bottles, cardboard, etc.), or anything you can get your hands on.  Just remember, you want it to hold weight!  Here are some pictures of bridges in our world to give you some inspiration. And, hey, if you would like to send me pictures of your creation, you can add to the Flipgrid OR email them to me and I will post them here for everyone to see! 

    And don't forget to check out the drop down menu titled "EXTRA FUN!"  There are lots of cool links posted there with virtual field trips, online libraries, science videos, etc.  
  • This week we will be reading How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton. Click here to access the read aloud.  

    • Challenge: Create a maze!  You can use paper & pencil, chalk, building blocks, or even food!  Remember to have an entrance and exit, and make it challenging by having multiple paths.  You could even have a family member test it out!  I would love to see pictures of your maze, just send them to my email address!  Below are examples of mazes to give you some inspiration.  Have fun!
    P-6 Farms Corn Maze
    Lego Maze
    Candy Cane Maze
  • Check out our VIRTUAL Picture by Number!

    We have had hot air balloons, pumpkins & now a new (secret) sticker picture!!!  I am so excited that we are able to do this virtually.  Click on the link and add some stickers to our new picture.  I can't wait for you to see what it is.
    Instructions: click on the letters/colors of your choice on the right hand side & then find the matching letters in the picture.  Click on the picture letters and watch them change! :)

    Click here.

  • Join me this week on an EGGS-ellent adventure!  We will read a book titled The Great Eggscape! by Jory John & Pete Oswald.  These are the authors of The Bad Seed, and The Good Egg.  Two books that we love so much.  

    Click here to listen to our weekly read aloud.

    This week's activity is a FUN one!  Click here: Download and print an egg or two & decorate it using your favorite colors and making a fun pattern!

    Have fun.

  • DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2

    Listen to the awesome read aloud this week!  Even if you haven't read the first book, you will love this one!  There is a short activity for you to do at the end of the video, so make sure to stay tuned in at the end.  I hope you guys enjoy. 

    Dragons love tacos
  • Did You Know? 

    We have a board outside of our library that reminds us of the date, library schedule for that day, and a various fact each day.  Sometimes they are facts about animals, humans, food, space, etc.  I miss writing random facts of the day- so this week, we are going to read some Weird Facts together!  Click here for this week's video.

    After watching the video, visit www.wonderopolis.org to see if you can learn something new!  This is my favorite website to grow my brain! 

    Happy Learning, Mustangs!

  • Time for POETRY!

    This week we are going to read a few funny poems together!  They come from a book titled No More Poems! By Rhett Miller, and this is a Bluebonnet Nominee book for this year!  I really think you will like this one. 

    Stay tuned for after the read aloud, and I will show you how to create a digital book spine poem.  Here is the link for you to create it digitally, if you would like: Digital Book Spine Poetry.

    Click here for this week's video.

     

  • It's FALL!!!

    Check out this week's fun read aloud.  Ryan & Craig are my favorite read aloud to watch!
    Click here to watch.

    After watching their video, take out a pencil and a piece of paper!  Draw a big triangle in the middle of your paper.  Put two circles at the top (for the eyes).  Draw a nose and a mouth underneath the circles.  Give her some hair and color her green!  You should now have a witch like the character you just read about. 

    Have fun and send me a picture of your drawing, if you'd like.

  • Another FUN read aloud by Ryan and Craig.  

    Click Here to read: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds.

    Then, you can create your very own Creepy Carrot, by following the directions below. Enjoy!

    Creepy Carrot
  • As a follow up to last week's lesson, this week catch another Aaron Reynolds book - Creepy Underwear!!!  (Funny, right?)

    Click here to listen.

    Try drawing your very own pair!!

    Creepy Underwear
  • This week MRE students are learning all about Destiny Discover; our online library catalog.  This website shows us all of the library books we have available here at school.  It will tell us whether it is in or checked out, where we can find it, who the author is, whether it is fiction or nonfiction and even what it is about! 

    I would like you to explore Destiny Discover today.

    Go on a scavenger hunt and find: a nonfiction book about pumpkins, a picture book about a scarecrow, and a book with a bat on the cover.

    Click here https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/115946

     

  • Welcome to NOVEMBER.  I cannot believe that we are in the 11th month of the year.  This month holds so much learning. We learn about the First Thanksgiving, Pilgrims & Native Americans, we celebrate Veterans, and it is also National Picture Book month!

    Click here to listen to our read aloud this week

    After your read aloud I would like for you to use items in your home to build a hide out for the Turkey in the story.  You could use legos, blocks, paper plates and tape.  Go and gather up some items to hide turkey so he doesn't get eaten on Thanksgiving! 

    Have fun and I will see you next week!

  • We are going to learn all about Stop Motion this week (& then tie it into Thanksgiving fun)! 

    I would like for you to listen to the read aloud; The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing: Click here.

    After listening, I would like for you to watch this video about stop motion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3pzivXGMfI

    If you have a device, or a phone, download the Stop Motion Studios app for free!  Choose a few items around your house to use for your quick video.  If you can, try to relate it to Thanksgiving.  Maybe make a video of you setting the Thanksgiving table, or making the Thanksgiving menu!  Have fun with it!!

     

  • SNOWMEN AT NIGHT by Caralyn Buehner

    This is one of my all time favorite winter books.  I love the illustrations, and the imagination the author has is so inspiring.  Click here to listen to this book.

    After listening, pull out some playdough or a piece of paper and markers.  Create a snowman using your materials.  Will he have a carrot or a pickle as a nose? ;)  

  • It's another December week!!  AHHHH!  What fun we have during these winter months.

    Today, we will listen to Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene.  Click here for the read aloud.

    After the read aloud, you get to give Santa a hair cut!!  This is so much fun.  I hope you enjoy!
    Click here for Santa's make over.

  • It's our last week before Winter Break!!!! 

    This week, you get to choose your own book to read from a Christmas & Hanukah playlist!
    Click here.

    After you've listened to your book, you can choose a fun activity from this website.
    Click here.

    I hope you each have a wonderful holiday season.  Get some rest, enjoy time with family and I will (hopefully) see you in 2021!

  • This month we begin our RESEARCH UNIT!  I am so excited to start this journey with you guys!  Research can be a long process, but we will learn so much throughout the next 4 weeks.

    To begin, you will need to choose a topic.  I have narrowed it down for each grade level, OR you can choose to do something completely on your own.  

    Kindergarten: Dinosaurs
    1st: Insects
    2nd: Snow Animals
    3rd: Famous Person
    4th: Invention
    5th: Place (city/state/country)

    Week 1: All grade levels; I would like for you to find a book, newspaper article, magazine, or anything that you are able to read over your genre and choose 1 specific topic to research.  For example, if you are in 4th grade and your genre is "inventions"  I would like for you to read about different inventions and choose ONE of them to do your project over.  You could choose Crayons, light bulbs, or even Nintendo!  

    Week 2: This week, you will begin your research.  Read, watch and learn all about your topic!  It is also very important to take notes. (write down information and facts that are important to your topic.  Here are a few tools that are available to you. Please choose 1 or 2 of them to use to help you do your research.

    PebbleGo

    Discovery Education

    Britannica

    TexQuest

    Learn 360

    National Geographic for Kids

    Kids info bits

    Week 3: This week you will begin to put your information together.  You could choose to make a book about your topic using pencil and paper.  You could use PowerPoint on your computer and create a presentation, or you could film a video of yourself explaining whatever it is that you chose to research.  Remember, you are only starting this week, next week we will finish!  

    Week 4: Finish your project this week and share it with someone!  I would love to see them, even if it is only partially finished.  You can email them to me at: jordan.anderson@misd.org

  • February is the month of LOVE

    We celebrate the ones we love this month.  Our parents, grandparents, our sisters and brothers, and even our friends!!  This month you will listen to books all about LOVE. My challenge for you is to make those people feel special!  Write them a note, call them on the phone, send them a card, or do something nice for them.  

    Here are our read alouds for this month: 
    https://www.ryanandcraig.com/blog/2019/2/22/amelia-bedelias-first-valentine-by-herman-parish?rq=valentine

    https://www.ryanandcraig.com/blog/2019/3/7/xo-ox-a-love-story-by-adam-rex-amp-scott-campbell?rq=love

    https://www.ryanandcraig.com/blog/2021/1/27/respect-by-otis-redding

    & check out this fun "Would you Rather?" Valentine's Edition!!! :)  
    I hope you enjoy, and have a fantastic FEBRUARY!

     

  • Hello & Happy March!  Bring on the sunshine and green grass!!!  I have a few fun things for you this month; check them out below.

    1. Read Across America Day is on March 2nd.  We have asked several people from our school district, as well as the community, to read a book for us to listen to.  Click on the link below and see some awesome faces reading some awesome books! Click Here.

    2. BOOK FAIR: It runs through March 5th; but even if you miss it you can still buy books (or just look at the fun virtual fair.)  There are lots of cool videos and book trailers.  Check it out here.

    3. Comic books are so fun!  Dog Man, Babysitter's Club, Hilo, and Bad Guys are so very popular at MRE.  I have a really cool website that allows YOU to create your own comic strip.  I would love to see your finished work; you can print them or even email them to me when you are done.  Click Here.

     

  • We made it to the month of APRIL!!!  Can you believe it?!

    April is National Poetry month
    Click here for some fun poetry activities
    Click here to listen to a few Shel Silverstein poems

    April 12 is "Drop everything and READ day"
    Click here to listen to some AWESOME books
    & make sure you read some on your own too! :) 

    April 22nd is Earth Day
    Click here for an online Earth Day activity
    & one more just for fun! click here

     

  • I will update this list often!  There are so many exciting learning opportunities going on out there right now; here are just a few!

    • My FAVORITE is that Audible is FREE for all kids right now.  Click Here.
    • Watch StoryTime with Ryan & Craig! They are super fun to listen to, and always bring laughs.  They are live on Instagram each day at 10am, but also have recorded books on their website.  Go to their website here.
    • Mo Willems - the famous author of Piggy & Elephant and The Pigeon books has a daily series called Lunch Doodles, where he teaches how to create some of his book characters each day at 1 pm.  So. FUN.  Click here for his daily series.
    • Augmented Reality!  Go to this website, print out and color one of their free sheets, and download the free Quiver app.  Your creations will come to life!  Students love to learn with Augmented Reality in the library!
    • NASA has made their entire media library free for public access.  Read more about it here.
    • Story Time From Space!!  How cool is that?  If you are interested in Outter Space, this is just the link for you.  
    • Cool Science Videos on YouTube: MinuteEarth videos and It's Ok to be Smart videos.  
    •  The Houston Zoo is live each day on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at 11 am.  They are bringing animals and science into your home via video.  Click here to read more about it.
    • This website has 20 really cool virtual field trips for students to take.  Things like The Louvre Museum in Paris, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and even Ellis Island!  Click here for a list of links.
    • YMCA is offering free virtual work outs. 
    • PARENTS: Download this Life Skills Bingo!  Have your student complete 1 row, or even a black out (and do all of the tasks).  Life Skills Bingo Card.pdf
    • Time for Kids is allowing FREE digital access to their library!  Lots of cool nonfiction articles in their magazines.  I love these as a kid (& even as an adult)! Click here.

IT'S TIME TO VOTE! https://secure.txla.org/secure/TBA/tbaBookList.asp?key=7355

CLICK HERE to fill out the SURVEY.  Students must fill out this form in order to vote!  You have until January 22nd to submit.

 

TEXAS BLUEBONNET NOMINEES
2020-2021


Twenty great new books are selected for the list every school year.
Texas students have been reading and voting on bluebonnet books since 1981!

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Calling all 3rd, 4th & 5th GRADERS

If you have read at least 5 books from the 2020-2021 Bluebonnet List, you may vote for your favorite at the beginning of 2021! 

bluebonnet book list

Winter 2021 News

We are excited about a new year here at the MRE library.  Students started off the new year with a research unit!  All grade levels are researching a different topic, using various research tools.  It is so fun to see them at work!

Third through fifth grade students had the opportunity to vote for our Texas Bluebonnet Books.  They received a list of 20 books in September, and they got to vote for their #1 pick in January.  We can't wait to hear which one won the award.

Holocaust Remembrance week is also something we learned about in January. It is a great reminder for us to be kind and loving to everyone we encounter.  

Fall 2020 News

Over the past 6 months, our Mustangs were missed tremendously!  And, although we don't have our entire family back here in person, I can honestly say I am so thankful to have kids inside of these walls again.  It is not a school without all of YOU!  

We started back in person only a few weeks ago, but we have definitely hit the ground running.  Students have learned a new way of "socially distance" book check out.  We celebrated Hispanic Heritage month during September and also Dot Day!!  We have an awesome new addition to our library; the Book Vending Machine!  And students have already began earning books and taking them home.  They are theirs to keep!  I am so excited about this opportunity for our school.  Teachers are on the look out for students who are making good choices, or showing improvement in their academics, to give book tickets to...they then come down to the library and choose a book from the machine to take home and KEEP!  How fun is that?

We are ready for October and all of the fun festivities to come!  2020 can't get us down! ;) 

Fall 2019 News

Our MRE library is rockin' and rollin' this fall!  Students have learned how to self-check in and out books.  They have also learned how to put a hold their favorites, renew, and even search for e-books on our online database!  It's amazing how quickly they pick up on all things technology! ;)

3rd-5th grade have begun working their way through our Texas Bluebonnet list.  They are asked to read 5 of these books if they want to participate in voting.  That will take place in January.  1st and 2nd grade are reading the Texas 2x2 list!  These are 20 picture books made just for them.  When they complete the list, they may come to the library for a prize!

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Our Mustangs have learned all about these and the process of designing, creating and making.  We always try to tie in a STEM activity with a book we've read in the library.

Fall is awesome, y'all!

 

I am so sad to announce that Birthday Book Club is taking a year off.  We will resume next school year!  Thank you for understanding!

 

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Join the Madeley Ranch Elementary

Birthday Book Club

Anyone can participate in the Madeley Ranch Elementary Birthday Book Club!  Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles & Friends can celebrate a special child by donating a book to our library in the child’s honor.

Watch our shelves fill with new books that you will just love!  Just fill out the form and turn into the library.  Summer birthdays are invited to participate any time of the year, or you may choose to celebrate your child’s half-birthday!

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  • At the beginning of the school year, please send $20 and this completed form to the library. 
  • During your child’s birthday month he/she will select a book from the Birthday Book Club Collection.
  • A book plate will be placed in the book indicating that the book was donated in your child’s honor.
  • On the morning of your child’s birthday (or the day of their choice) they will receive their book, a spirit tag, and special Birthday Book Club recognition on our morning announcements.
  • The birthday child will be the first student to check out the new book!

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Please complete the form below & return it to the Library with the $20 as soon as possible.

Student Name:_________________________________ Birthday:______________________________

I have a summer birthday.  I would like to choose my book on: __________________________

Teacher:_______________________________________________________________________________

 

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$20.00 payment     ____Cash  ____Check   (made payable to MRE Library) 

Book Title Selected:____________________________________________________________

Barcode #______________________________Call Letters:  ____________________________________

                                              

Click on your grade level drop down menu for our current library lessons!

  • 1st 9 Weeks

    Weeks 1 & 2 Library Rules:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d2xv_mlRus

    Week 3: Hispanic Heritage Month:
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqwAN60b8GY

    Week 4: Bluebonnet Nominees
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMVjBvYlAmQ&list=PLmIp4XYo92buZSD0I6nGJBoXGx3W3EWWP

    2nd 9 Weeks

    Week 1: Fall book & directed draw
    https://www.ryanandcraig.com/blog/2019/3/14/crankenstein-by-samantha-berger?rq=crankenstein

    Week 2: Destiny Scavenger Hunt
    https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/115946

    3rd 9 Weeks

    Week 1: Intro to Google Maps
    Click on this link for todays lesson: https://www.google.com/maps/@29.9792345,31.1342019,15z

    Week 2 & 3: 
    GOOGLE MAPS: This week you will explore Google Maps on your own.  Remember to click on "Street View and 360"! Click Here. 

Check out our
Online Book Fair!!!

Teacher Wish Lists

Click below to see each teacher's book fair wish list! They are organized by grade level.  If you have any questions, or need help, please send me an email!  I am happy to help! 
jordan.anderson@misd.org 

*If you decide to purchase a book for a teacher, please email me the title so that I can take it off of their list! Thank you!