Both of my schools had activities going on to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday throughout the week, starting off with Brewster's "Wheel of Seuss" on Friday which I had the honor of emceeing. Korn classes had many different guest readers coming in to share favorite books. Tuesday afternoon brought guest readers to Brewster School for Brewster Loves to Read. I love to see all of the different ways we show that we are communities of readers!
Bonus this year - no snow days! Happily we were able to fill in for schools who did have some winter weather to contend with!
Monday, March 3
Tuesday, March 4
It was a snowy day in much of the mid-Atlantic region, so we were thrilled to connect Sherry Gick and Gretchen Welk's students from Indiana with Mrs. Loffredo's 1st graders. We read Elephant & Piggie together! What could be more fun?
Ms. Stewart's class had to be quick and check out library books because we had one more Skype for them with Sarah Staudt's class from Mason City, Iowa. We read The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. I think we might have read the peach crayon page twice! Lots of laughs all around.
Students in Jennifer Reed's class in Newton, MA were Mrs. Brand's 2nd Skype and we took turns reading Mary Ann Hoberman's You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories. I love trying new things with Mrs. Reed!
Mrs. Protz's kindergarteners had so much fun reading Bunny Days with Mrs. D'Elia and surprise guest Mr. Callahan and their students in Burlington, MA! For this Skype we used the terrific resource We Give Books. They have so many wonderful books that you can read online for FREE!
Our next Skype was a special one because Ms. Stewart's 2nd grade connected with my daughter's 1/2 class from across town! Mrs. Sibiskie's class has been studying Asia this year and when Meghan Nels suggested we read Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon later in the week, I decided that would be the perfect one for this Skype too. I love that it has a little boy going to a baseball game with his grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan. Great for talking about perspective.
Mrs. Brand's kindergarteners also had 2 Skypes! First, a quick snow day makeup with Mrs. Keith's students on Cape Cod. We read Elephant & Piggie's There is a Bird on my Head! I love that the kindergartners can read a lot of the book with us!
Miss Mashel's 1st graders were in for a special treat when we met with Nancy Edwards and her students at St. Matthew School in Seattle, WA. They had been studying the Iditarod and read a story to us and showed us some artifacts from the race! My students were fascinated and I quickly had to find our books on the Iditarod to share with them!
Wednesday, March 5
Ms. Amolo's class from Grayson, GA connected with 2 of our 3rd grades - Miss P's class and Miss Montepara's class that morning! It sure was busy. Two girls from Miss P's class read Hey, Little Ant by Philip Hoose aloud, followed by a quick switch of classes and then reading Elephant and Piggie together, taking turns with the characters. Third graders still LOVE Mo Willems!
Mrs. Grenier's class had a special surprise at the end of their Skype that morning. They got a visit from their teacher who had taken a new job as a tech specialist mid-year! They were so glad to see one another! We met Mrs. Kroeber and her students from Branford, CT and read some of Mary Ann Hoberman's You Read to Me, I'll Read to You Very Short Stories together. It is always fun to connect with towns nearby!
Matthew Winner of Elkridge, Maryland asked if my 3rd graders could read Baby Penguins Everywhere by Melissa Guion (wegivebooks.org) to his kindergarteners and we had a blast doing so! All the 3rd graders were smiling as we read this book about a penguin who finds a hat full of baby penguins!
Miss P's class came back during their regular library time to have a little fun with Mrs. Macdonald's students in South Burlington, VT. Drew Daywalt's The Day the Crayons Quit was our read aloud and we had so much fun! Check out their video vine.co/v/MAIqX9tFgFd - don't you love their costumes?
Author Patricia Newman met with a group of fourth grade students who came in during their recess to connect and learn! We were fascinated by her new book Plastic Ahoy! The students had great questions to ask her about the island of trash floating in the Pacific Ocean. As a librarian, it is always amazing to hear about how author's get interested in their topics and then research them. Patricia is always so passionate about writing and sharing with students!
We connected with Kurt Strohs from Michigan and his students. The Day the Crayons Quit was a HUGE hit and Mr. Strohs was thrilled to read the peach crayon page!