Walking Field Trip to QPL

I spent this whole week outside, walking my classes to the Quechee Public Library to introduce them to the staff, get a tour, get their very own library cards and learn about the summer reading program!  Hearing little exclamations of “Awesome!” and “Cool!” as we toured the library, excited murmurings about titles and programming, and handing students their very first library card was an absolute joy for me!

   

Awesome summer reading programs at the Quechee Library begin June 19th at 4 pm and continue all summer long every Tuesday.  Bring your families! I’ll see you there!

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Wild GooseChases!

I was introduced to the online scavenger hunt platform GooseChase last week after presenting at the Dynamic Landscapes conference in Burlington.  This app makes it easy to create fun, dynamic scavenger hunts where the seekers can type, take a photo or video evidence of their solutions.  Both indoor and outdoor, academic and nature-based, the students had a really fun time competing against each other and demonstrating their teamwork! I can think of so many applications of this to the grade levels, and look forward to sharing GooseChase with teachers next year!

Students Believe….

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students had a LOT of ideas about why it’s important for all of us to be responsible digital citizens, and not believe every piece of information we come across.  After learning about fake news and digital literacy for three weeks, we compiled a big Google Doc and these are some of their strongest reasons why!

Bravo, digital detectives!

Pocket Poems and Poetrees

April wrapped up with one of my very favorite days of the year, Poem In My Pocket Day.  I love walking around school that day sharing poems with students, as did several other staff members.  By the end of the day the students were just inundated with poetry, and there is really nothing better.

I also created my very first Poetrees, with the help of Mr. Clough and Ms. Kniffin.  These were a little scrawny, but I have bigger and better ideas for next year.  We have planted the seeds of inspiration, and students and teachers have been continuing to add poems all this week!

We are all a little better off having a lot more poetry in our lives!

Authors You Should Know

I’m doing book talks (basically book “commercials” where I try to sell books to kids, not that these need it) with third grade today, and I realized that these authors are so outstanding, yet I think they may still be somewhat unknown.  I am not going to list their bios or their accomplishments (although they are many!), but will leave you with a list of books that would be well worth a read this summer. Take a look at the recommended ages first. Spend some time on their websites getting to know them! They are authors worth a space on your book shelf.

Kwame Alexander

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Jason Reynolds

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Enjoy your summer reading list. You’re welcome.

The Votes Are In!

The votes are in!! OQS’s official Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award voters have chosen their favorite book of the year!  Also, students in grades K-4 have chosen the school’s favorite Red Clover Award book!

There was a 3 way tie!  Our students loved Beautiful Blue WorldNothing But Trouble, and The Inquisitor’s Tale equally!  Here are photos of our voters holding their favorite book.

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The school’s top three picture books nominated for the state’s Red Clover Award were

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

The stories were all so wonderful in various ways but the kids really loved these!  It’s a pleasure sharing so many wonderful books with students across the school!