Tag Archives: Reading Rock Stars

The Book Fair Is Coming, BTSB Wishlist, and More!

More than anything, I want our students to love reading.  Each time our students visit the library, I show them how I track my reading on a reading log.  I also have made a reading wall of all the books from our library that I have read.  I add to this every week.

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Today we celebrated our Reading Rock Stars at WOW.  Close to 200 students turned in reading logs! In the past, we randomly chose 12 students K-5 to win a prize.  This year we are also having those same four students share something  from their reading life on the Reading Rock Star window near the cafeteria. Last month I displayed pictures and quotes from our summer reading rock stars.

One way to buy books for your home and support the library is by shopping at our Scholastic Book Fair which will take place October 10-13.  If you would like to VOLUNTEER to help at the BOOK FAIR, please sign up here.

We have a special fundraiser at BTSB where you can purchase books to support our library.  Check out our wishlist here. 

This week in the the upper grades have been focusing on learning how to stay safe online and not sharing private information.  PK and I read my all time favorite book , WHERE the WILD THINGS ARE.  K and I discussed community helpers using the book WELCOME TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD, A BARRIO ABC, and 1st Grade and I learned about the importance of following your dreams with DRUM DREAM GIRL.

Don’t forget to read every night and write it down on your reading log.  Happy Reading!

 

 

 

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Every Single One of Us Needs to Read!

I love books and I love kids, which is why I’m a children’s librarian. My goal is for every kid at OAES to recognize how important it is to read. I can’t explain it any better than Jason Reynolds, author of GHOST and of GA Book Award Nominee AS BRAVE AS YOU,  does in this video. He reminds us why “Every single one of us needs to read.”

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I read every day. Each week I share my reading logs with our students so they will know that I am not just asking them to read and record it on their reading logs, but that I am reading as well.

 

When I was in the first grade, I won the reading contest at my school. I found it exciting to be rewarded for reading. It motivated me to become a better reader. I’ve tried to replicate that thrill for our students with the Reading Rock Star program (details here). Please encourage your children to read every night and to record  what they read on their reading log (linked here). September reading logs are due September 26.

One way I stay excited about reading is by visiting the library.  I often search the online library catalog before I go to the library so that I have time to browse. I have been teaching grades 2-5 to access our online library catalog.

However, this week, due to Tropical Storm Irma, the students and I have been reading a nonfiction book, HURRICANES, which describes how hurricanes form.  Afterwards we have been reading an incredible fictionalized account of surviving a hurricane, Myron Uhlberg’s A STORM CALLED KATRINA. Colin Bootman’s illustrations are exquisite!

 

Lastly, Ms. Goeckeritz (4th grade) made this incredibly sweet video about our media center at OAES.  You can learn about our media program here. Thanks Ms. Goeckeritz!

 

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Book-a-Palooza, Reading Rock Star Party, and the Grinch

Today we had our first Book-A-Palooza, a contest where our students celebrated their love of books by creating projects in five different categories- Art, Performance, Technology, Tri- fold, and Writing.  We are super proud of all of our participants. A complete list of our winners is below.

Art:
1st- Diego
2nd- Alana
3rd-Jamari
Tech-
1st- Natasha
2nd- Adriana
3rd- Aaronn, Jonathon, Osmar
Trifold-
1st- Jael
2nd- Mayra
3rd- Riley
Writing-
1st- Soli
2nd- Zaniyah
Performance-
1st- Gus
You can watch our book trailers here:
We are very proud of all of our Reading Rock Stars, students who turned in three or more reading logs by December.  We will have our Reading Rock Stars party this Friday.  Check this link for participants and times.  Parents and guardians, please let me know if you’d like to volunteer.  
Lastly, thanks to Avid Bookshop and volunteer Beth Wagner Staton, the Grinch visited our school in December.  Check out pictures of the Grinch, Book-a-Palooza, and other library happenings in our slideshow.

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Hour of Code

We’ve been busy!

This month we are taking part in the hour of code.  Today Marilyn Cole, who works at Digital Insight, a company that makes online banking software, came and spoke with Mr. Mize’s class about the importance of coding.

Want to code at home? Our younger grades are using a free app called the Foos. Our upper grades are using the resources at Hour of Code.  We’re learning to not just play games but to make them. Try them out!

Our 3rd-5th grade is gearing up for Bookapalooza, which will be held January 20.  Questions about a project?  Check out the CCSD Bookapalooza site.

We have been enjoying our new Osmos!  We’ve had fun with the drawing feature, tangrams, and words.  If you have an iPad at home, you might want to check Osmo out.  Feel free to stop by the media center and see what they do!

Lastly, don’t forget to read at home. Our next batch of reading logs will be due next Tuesday, December 15! If you have three turned in by that date, you are invited to our Reading Rock Star party.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

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December Diversions, Alan Gratz Author Visit, and Reading Rock Star Fun!

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I love to get our wildcats excited about reading, because  I do believe that reading is the most important thing in the world.  I created the Reading Rock Star program because I know winning the 1st grade reading contest back at Kathleen Bankston Elementary helped me become the reading rock star I am today.

This year I started tracking our logs with gold stars (I copied it from a similar program at my gym).  I added parties because we all love events.  We already have over a hundred kids who have turned in 3 or more logs and are attending the Reading Rock Star party in January (cupcake decoration= fun, fun, fun!). Last week, Dr. Dunne and I added a new incentive!  Every student who turns in 5 or more logs by April 21st gets to go on a field trip to the Georgia Museum of Art in May.  It will be super fun!  Get those logs in!

In other news, last Wednesday our 4th and 5th graders had an author visit with League of Seven’s Alan Gratz.  It was dynamite!  He told us all about his new book, and about his writing process.  Super thanks to Will Walton, Rachel Watkins and Janet Geddis of Avid Bookshop for helping set this visit up.

Want to read the League of Seven?  Let me know if you want me to add your name to the waiting list.

I have been teaching research skills to 5th grade. Need a refresher on tips for using the encyclopedia?  Check out this video!

Last week K-3 and I read How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  We brainstormed ways we could do nice things for others and grow our hearts. My fave- let your parents sleep in! Our 3rd grade and I also have been writing thank you notes to Sandy Creek Nature Center for our recent field trip.  We even learned to address envelopes!

Have the best week ever!  Happy Reading!

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Reading Rock Stars, Book Fair, Library Lessons, and…

We are hosting our Fall Book Fair October 10- 17.  We start setting up October 9.  I’d love to have your help. You can go to this link to sign up.  
This past month our first grade has been studying one of my favorite genres, fairy tales.  We have read several including Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, the Three Billy Goats Gruff.  The students are great at identifying fairy tale characteristics and are currently writing them in their classrooms.  I can’t wait to read them!
We’ve been reading about community helpers in kindergarten, pairing informational texts with narratives.  The students really enjoyed covering librarians, which we paired with last year’s GA Book Award Nominee, Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t).  We have also studied teachers and police officers.  This week we are reading Work: An Occupational ABC.
Our 2nd and 3rd grade is learning to take notes from informational books. 2nd grade has been studying Georgia Habitats.  Our 3rd Grade has been learning about the Rocks and Minerals of Georgia.  Catch Ms. Kramer’s students in action in our slideshow.

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I’ve been introducing the Battle of the Books to our 4th Grade.  Our 5th grade has been going on scavenger hunts in the Dewey Decimal section.  They are earning their way around our library.  This will help them when they visit the Athens-Clarke County Library, as well as when they go to middle and high school.
I discuss the importance of reading daily with all of our students each week.  Last week we celebrated 100 plus for becoming Reading Rock Stars.  Way to go!
Last Friday we had several dozen parents attend our Parent PLD Session.  The next session will take place in our computer lab on Wednesday, October 15 @ 6 p.m.  Stop by our Book Fair afterwards!  We will be open until 7:30 that evening.
Have a great week!

 

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Jennifer Holm Author Visit, Reading Rock Stars, Using the Media Center, & More!

We’ve had a busy few weeks in the OAES Media Center!

Author Jennifer Holm visited.  She met with two different groups of students from the 2nd- 5th grade.  She told us about the 14th Goldfish, her new book. She told us about her love for science, introducing us to a few of her favorite scientists (Curie, Oppenheimer, and Salk). She even drew Babymouse for us!

We celebrated our August Reading Rock Stars. Nearly 200 wildcats completed their reading logs!  Don’t forget- the next batch of logs are due September 23rd.  Remember, if you return three by December, you can attend the

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Our Pre-K and K classes have been exploring nursery rhymes. In 1st grade we have been comparing and contrasting different fairy tales. All of our grades have been practicing finding good fit books.  2nd -5th have been embarking on different scavenger hunts.  We’ve learned about the various sections of the library, and understanding how the Dewey Decimal section is arranged.  We’ve also practiced searching in the catalog by our interests and reading level, which will help when we begin researching our nonfiction reports.

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Learning to Use the Library

Welcome back, Wildcats! It’s been great to see you!  

Last week was our first week back in the library. We watched our orientation video, discussed the different sections of the library,  and discussed how to love our library.  After we practiced using our shelf markers, we checked out books.

This week we have been enjoying going on a scavenger hunt in the library. It’s a fun way to review how to find materials.  Soon we will be using the same strategy to learn about different kinds of books in the Dewey Decimal section. The best part- our library is organized the same as Athens- Regional Library  Learning about our library will help us find books there.

We’ve also been discussing the importance of reading daily. We have to practice our reading in order toget better. We are all logging our reading this year. We are recognizing our August Reading Rock Stars Friday.  Don’t forget to turn in your reading log!  

If you want to see what I (Mrs. Sugiuchi) am reading, check out my reading log.  It’s posted on the wall by the Smart Board. 

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Reading Rock Star Party, PLD Protocol, Upcoming Author Visit with Jennifer Holm

Last Friday we celebrated our sumeer Reading Rock Stars. Over 30 of our kids participated in a summer reading program. We signed the Readers Are Leaders banner, ate ice cream sundaes, and received prize bags loaded with book-related gifts from Avid Bookshop. We are very proud of our kids!

Last week we checked out over 400 laptops to our students and teachers. Every student grades 3-5 has the option to take their device home this year, provided their parents complete a training. Our first training is on September 18 @ 5:00. Students, make sure you follow these guidelines when using your devices.

Thursday, August 28, author Jennifer Holm will visit grades 3-5.  You can order her books in advance, or purchase when she visits. If you need an order form, stop by the Media Center.

 

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Welcome, Wildcats!  Hope you are having the best week ever.  It’s been great to be back from our unexpected snow break. Here in the Media Center there is so much going on.

Our 2-5th grade is continuing our reference blitz.  2nd- 3rd grade is continuing to delve in to dictionaries.  Our 4th and 5th graders are learning all about almanacs- annual publications that in our case (we use the Scholastic Book of World Records) contain information about a particular year’s statistics and facts.  We’ve been focusing on using indexes to search for answers to different questions- including fun ones like “Which celebrity shares your birthday?”  Fun fact:  When Mrs. Sugiuchi was waiting tables in college, she waited on her celeb birthday twin, soccer player Mia Hamm.

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Our kindergarten and 1st grade are enjoying this week’s read aloud- Angela Johnson’s Wind Flyers, a story in which a young boy learns about his uncle’s time serving with the Tuskegee Airmen (their nickname was the Red Tails).  We viewed archival footage of the Red Tails flying, and looked at pictures of their planes in a nonfiction book.  We love learning that they were the best fighter pilots in the U.S.Air Force- they didn’t lose one plane!

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Our UGA interns have been creating exciting displays.  They created two different ones to celebrate Black History Month. They also created this beautiful collage of Fairy Tales from Around the World.

Students, you know that your reading improves with  practice. You know that books build brains. We know that you have been hard at work reading at home, and we want to reward you!  Don’t forget- Reading Rock Star logs are due February 25.

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This Tuesday we received more than $4000 of new books.  We are currently processing them.  I can’t wait for you to check them out!

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Red Tails, Reading Rock Stars, Reference, and More!

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