Have You Tried Your New Library PASS?

The Cobb County Public Library has just implemented the Library PASS (Public Library Access for Student Success) program for ALL students in CCSD Schools!

This groundbreaking program allows students to use their Student ID to access all of the amazing resources the Cobb County Public Library has to offer, including nearly 100 online databases, thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming videos, and over half a million physical items in the library collection.

When logging in, students will be prompted for their library card number; they will enter their Student ID (“media key”) number in that field.  The next field asks for a PIN; students will use their birthday, in MMDD format.  Students in grades 2-5 are being introduced to PASS in the Media Center will receive login stickers.

The letter below outlines some of the features of PASS and also includes a directory of all Cobb County Public Library locations.

PASS Introduction Letter 2018

Click on the PASS Logo below to get started!


Second Grade Target Bats Project

Second Grade Target students are starting a project on various species of bats.  After an introduction to the information gathering process, students were provided with QR code stickers to lead them to selected websites.  Students may also click on the images below for the Blendspace with the web sites Mrs. Peterson, Mrs. Kuhn, and Ms. Adams prepared.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/pldms/5850403553 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Accessed 28 August 2017


Civil War Research Tracker for 5th Grade

Fifth grade students are beginning research for their Civil War wax museum project.  Students watched a brief overview of many resources available to them through Destiny and through the Cobb Digital Library, and then they completed a Research Tracker Scavenger Hunt to practice tracking down these sources.

If you have misplaced your Research Tracker, click on the link below for a copy.

Civil War Research Tracker 2015


  The Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, 27th June 1864 . Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 11 Sep 2015.


Welcome Back to a New School Year


Media Center Orientation is well underway, and all students will have checked out their first books by this Friday.  We reviewed Media Center procedures, book care, and behavior expectations.  Many of our next lessons will focus on our Destiny library catalog and the wide variety of online resources available through MackinVIA.

For a link to MackinVIA and for a brief overview, see the Media Center Catalog and eResources page on this blog.


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Pack Horse Librarians and Poetry

In fifth grade students study  the WPA and its influence on Americans at the time.  Classes viewed a Prezi that illustrated the pack horse librarian project and showed how few resources those libraries had in comparison to our own media center.

As we read That Book Woman, students identified the true historical elements as they related to the pack horse librarian project.

That Book Woman

To wrap up the lesson and to create an even greater emotional connection to the topic, students studied photographs from the book Down Cut Shin Creek and wrote cinquain poems in response to their selected image.

Down Cut Shin Creek


Analyze the main features of the New Deal; include the significance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Works Progress Administration, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.


The Black Rabbit Shadows Second Graders

Second graders heard the book The Black Rabbit as they were studying how shadows change throughout the day.  In this story a somewhat timid rabbit is (literally) shadowed by a black rabbit.  He is able to escape the black rabbit only when he runs into the Deep, Dark Woods.  But other dangers lurk there . . .

Black Rabbit

After hearing the story, we set up our own “black rabbit” experiment to predict and then demonstrate how the earth’s movement makes shadows change throughout the day.

Element: SCI.2.S2E2.a
Investigate the position of the sun in relation to a fixed object on earth at various times of the day.
Element: SCI.2.S2E2.b
Determine how the shadows change through the day by making a shadow stick or using a sundial.


We Do Know Peanuts About George Washington Carver

First graders showed that they do “know peanuts” about George Washington Carver.

GW Carver
We used a document camera to introduce special peanuts that each had a word related to George Washington Carver, and then we read a picture book biography about his life.  Next, each pair of students then took their own set of peanuts and practiced their alphabetizing skills by arranging them in ABC order.  Then student pairs shared with each other how each peanut was an element of Carver’s life.  When the pairs shared with the rest of the class, it was evident that our first graders certainly DO “know peanuts” about George Washington Carver.

Peanuts Carver

The student will read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history.
Element: SOC.1.SS1H1.a
Identify the contributions made by these figures: . . . George Washington Carver (science).



Trees for All Seasons

Our kindergarteners and first graders exercised their prediction skills when we shared Night Tree by Eve Bunting.  After some guesses about what a “night tree” might be, we examined the title page for clues about the setting of the story.  It was agreed that the illustration told us it was the Christmas season since there were lights on the house and a tree in the window.  But when the story opens, the young boy narrator says that his family is going to find their tree.  What could that mean?  With rich illustrations by Ted Rand, Night Tree tells of a family tradition of decorating a forest tree with popcorn chains, birdseed balls, and other edible treats for wildlife.

Night Tree

Third graders learned that what we think of as “Christmas trees” play an important role year-round for many wild creatures who call the tree farm their home.  Before hearing Who Would Like a Christmas Tree:  A Tree for All Seasons each student was given a secret card and was told they would be responsible for giving clues about their creature. The partner tried to guess the  animal or plant based on hints about their role in this habitat.   Did you know that wild turkeys feast on the ants who build hills between the tree rows and actually sting the trees?  Tree farmers are glad to see the turkeys and their role in pest control.   Students gained insight on the trees’ life during the “off season”.

Who Would Like Tree

Students Compare and Contrast, Examine Challenges

On the heels of their weather studies first graders learned about a very special school in the country of Chad on the continent of Africa.  The book Rain School tells the story of students who are so eager to learn that they build their own school from mud bricks . . . and rebuild it every year after the rains.  Our first graders compared and contrasted Vaughan and the “rain school” in terms of their buildings, supplies, and students.  They decided that while our buildings and supplies are quite different, our students’ desire to learn is a common bond.

 Rain School

ELACC1RL9 Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.SOC.1.SS1G3.a Locate all of the continents: North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, and Australia.SCI.1.S1E1.a Identify different types of weather and the characteristics of each type.


Second graders were amused by the challenge facing Sophie in Sophie’s Squash.  Students discussed the who, what, when, where, and why of Sophie’s challenge and her response to it.  (Hint:  Sophie’s “friend” starts to become spotted and mushy!)

Sophie's Squash

ELACC2RL3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Students Have Been on a “Mackin Mission”

Second grade students recently received a more formal introduction to MackinVIA, the service which houses our e-resources.  They learned the most efficient way to locate their favorite resources such as PebbleGo, Tumblebook Library, and World Book, and they practiced navigating to them on their own.

Third graders completed a “Mackin Mission” which directed them to the online encyclopedias and to TrueFlix.  Fourth graders learned how to create personalized lists in Destiny while fifth graders explored many facets of Destiny and MackinVIA with their Civil War Research Tracker.  The Research Tracker was posted on Edmodo so they could keep it close by while working on their projects.

For a link to MackinVIA and for a brief overview, see the Media Center Catalog and eResources page on this blog.