Mrs. Lyons Deerwood Media Moodle

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    Welcome to Mrs. Lyons' Deerwood Media Moodle page.

    Welcome to the Deerwood Media Moodle! We welcome YOU to come to the library during the school day between 8:00-2:30. Please come browse through our collection, get book recommendations, check out books, use the computers, ask questions, do research, or just read quietly.  

    The Moodle page will be updated as often as new information comes in or requests for new areas are received.  If you are reading the Maud Hart Lovelace nominees, be sure to complete the response for each book!  I will use that list to determine who is eligible to vote and to come to the end-of-the-year celebration.  Look for more details in that section of the Moodle.

    Please feel free to stop by the Media Center to ask questions.  If I'm not there, you can leave me a note or a message with Mrs. Johnson.

    Mrs. Lyons, Media Specialist


  • Reading!!

    Reading is one of the most fundamental and essential skills our students need.  Reading is embedded in every subject and comprehension is key to mastering concepts in all subjects too.  Reading instruction focuses on the level that a student is currently reading, but developing a reader that loves to read doesn't.  Yes, students should select materials that they can read independently MOST of the time, but it's okay for them to read an "easy" book (in fact, that's where they develop fluency) or a challenging book.  What research shows (this article is full of great information and links to definitive research) is that readers that choose their books, etc. by what they are interested in will have greater motivation to read, which is exactly what they need to do to improve their reading skills!  Practice, practice, practice- just like other skills is the key to developing reading skills along with close careful reading using the tools that students learn in their reading instruction lessons.

    • Maud Hart Lovelace Award

      This section contains links to the book response forms (click here) and to the full list of nominated titles.  Students in grades 3- 5 who read (or have read to them) 3 or more books nominated for the Maud Hart Lovelace Award are eligible to vote in March. 

      4th and 5th grade students who read all 10 of the nominated books and complete the response forms by May 22, 2018 will be invited to a special recognition celebration at the end of the year.   3rd grade students who read the 7 titles that do not have an asterisk and complete the response forms by May 22, 2018 will also be invited to a special recognition celebration at the end of the year. 

      The 2017-18 nominees for Division I (grades 3-5) are:

      Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan

      Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill

      Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes

      *Fort by Cynthia DeFelice

      *Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

      Honey by Sarah Weeks

      The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea by Eileen Beha

      *Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard

      The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye  

      The Vanishing Coin by Kate Egan

      * These titles are not required for 3rd grade students.  

      • Star of the North Picture Book Award

        About the award

        The Star of the North Picture Book Award was established in 2013 under the auspices of the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards. The purpose of the award is to promote quality, engaging picture books and reading for pleasure among school-aged children. The final list of ten nominees is selected by the Star of the North Selection Committee.  

        Students in grades K-2 will be eligible to vote if they have read, or had read to them, 8 of the 10 nominated books.  Voting will take place the week before spring break.  

        This year's nominees are:

        • Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
        • Hippos are Huge! by Jonathan London, Matthew Trueman, illustrator
        • I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt, Scott Magoon, illustrator
        • Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold, Matthew Cordell, illustrator
        • Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins, 
        • The Night Gardener by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
        • One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Woman of Gambia by Miranda Paul, Elizabeth Zunon, illustrator
        • Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice and Hope in a New Land by John Coy, Wing Young Huie, photographer
        • *Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, Yuyi Morales, illustrator
        • Yard Sale by Eve Bunting, Lauren Castillo, illustrator
        • Book requests or recommendations

          Click here for the form to request a book or series that you think should be added to the Deerwood Library.  I will review and seriously consider all requests, but I can't promise that we will be able to add them.   

          • 4th grade Genre Reading Program

            Attention 4th grade students and their parents!  A special reading program is now in session for all 4th grade Deerwood students.  The Deerwood fourth grade teachers and I invite students to participate in a program to encourage reading. The program is intended to encourage our 4th and 5th grade students to be well-rounded readers by exposing them to a rich variety of genre!  We thank you for your support as reading mentors and cheerleaders!


            Participating in the program is fairly simple.  Participants will return a “Reading Record” to Mrs. Lyons for each book they read (books should be at their reading level).  We ask parents to sign the reading record so that you can encourage their reading.  After 10 books have been read, the student’s picture will be posted in the library.  After 20 books have been read, the student will be able to select a book or poster of their choice from a special collection.  The last date to turn in “Reading Records” will be May 22. 2018.  Readers can keep track of their progress with a genre bookmark log. The official log will be kept by me in the media center.   If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at or stop by the library any afternoon!


            Welcome to the Genre Reading Program at Deerwood!     

          • Kids National Geographic

            National Geographic for Kids requires a user name and password.  I've set up an account that can be used by Deerwood students using the following credentials:

            username and password:  MNreader1


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