Gwin Oaks hosted its annual Character Dress Up Day on Monday, Oct. 29. Students came dressed up as their favorite book characters and Mrs. Mimms and I did not disappoint. Mrs. Mimms going with an election theme was Duck for President and I was Little Red Riding Hood.
Later that day we had two Skype visits. The first was a session with Mrs. Anderson's class and author/illustrator Stephen McCraine. Mr. McCraine shared his process for writing and illustrating his stories. He also answered the students' questions. They left the Media Center excited about his Mal and Chad books and their visit with him.
We continued our Skype session with our Missouri pen pals. To go along with the 2nd grade election unit we had 3 books running for class favorite. Ms. Short's class presented campaign speeches on their picks (Captain Underpants, Saturday and Teacakes, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Our 3 book choices were First Day Jitters, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, and Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. Later students voted for their favorites.
The activities in the Media Center continued with our Mock Election. Thanks to plenty of volunteer help the Mock Election ran smoothly. When students entered they presented their voter registration card, were directed to a computer, and then received an I VOTED Today sticker to show their participation in the election process.
This week the most common request was, "Can I check out an iPod Touch?" Students eagerly waited their turn to check out one of the iPods so they could scan the QR codes to view the different book trailers.
Five different books are displayed each week. The book trailers featured this week were; Every Soul a Star, Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam, Chomp, Extra Credit, and City of Ember. The trailers were so popular that all of the books were checked out within a couple of days. This did not deter the students who watched the book trailers and vowed to check out the books the next time they returned.
We currently only have 2 iPod Touches but if all goes well several more will be bought in November.
The QR book trailers have officially started. Students were eager to check out an Ipod Touch to scan the different QR signs to view the different book trailers. If all goes well we will add a few more Ipod Touches in January.
It is so great to be meet with my 4th and 5th grade book clubs again. My 4th graders finished their Wonder book and are not working on an author study of Margaret Peterson Haddix. This week we discussed the books adn they posted their journal responses to their Edmodo blog. We also talked about their upcoming Glogster project to complete their Margaret Peterson Haddix project.
They also were excited to see that their Wonder Tagxedos and precepts were published on their website. Finally, we discussed our upcoming Skype visit with R.J. Palacio. They are VERY excited about this and can't wait to discuss the book with R.J.
Meanwhile my 5th graders did a wonderful job discussing their fantasy books. It was so nice to meet with them after having to take a two week break because of book fair. I am very forunate to have 2 wonderful parent volunteers and the school's literacy coach help me with my book club. Their assistance allows us to be able to break into small groups to discuss the books which often leads to meaningful and in depth discussions.
One of my favorite times of the year is book fair. I love to see the students, teachers, and parents so excited about books. This year's theme was All Star Reading, as usual Debbie and the volunteers did an awesome job decorating. It was also great to see a lot of the books I read over the summer, recently read, or wanted to read. Can't wait to read the new books and book talk the ones I am already familiar with.
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