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Black Mountain Elementary
Leading with our heart, hands, and head!
Learning Commons


Our Learning Commons is a vibrant, active,

collaborative space for the entire school to use.


Meet our STAFF:

Teacher-Librarian - Ms. Briana Travis (Tuesday - Thursday)

Library Clerk - Mrs. Natasha Guidi 


  • To develop and foster a love of reading in all of our students through regular visits to the Learning Commons
  • Collaboratively teach students the information literacy skills they need to meet the literacy demands of the 21st century.
  • Plan and implement reading motivational programs and curricular integrated projects through the Learning Commons and classroom cooperation.
  • To continue to build a quality collection of resources for our staff and students that meet curricular needs, a range of student reading levels and interests.
  • Encourage lifelong learning through resource based instruction using literature and technology.
Amazing Authors:

How to Pick a "Just Right" Book

You want to pick a book that is not too easy, not too hard, but JUST RIGHT! 
1. Open the book.
2. Begin to read.
3. Put one finger up for any word you do not know.
At the end of the page, if you have:
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1 finger: This book is good for you.
2 fingers: This book is good for you.
3 fingers: This book may be too hard for you.
4 fingers: This book will probably be too hard for you.
5 fingers: Pick another book.
**To Parents and Caregivers** 
If a student borrows a "five finger" book, we suggest that you read the book together.
Young readers should try to use different strategies for figuring out unknown words including:
Using picture clues;
Sounding out the word;
Skipping the word and reading the rest of the sentence, then going back to the problem word;
Looking for a word inside the problem word that they know.