Thursday March 09, 2017
Students at Orchard School recently enjoyed “I Love to Read & Write Week,” a full, fun-packed, week of activities recognizing the importance of the printed word. According to Donna Sullivan-Macdonald, Orchard library media and instructional technology specialist, it was an adventurous week of making connections through books.
Orchard teacher, and author of the Ready, Freddy! series, Abby Klein began the week sharing from her newest book and telling the school community about the week’s events where each day had something special planned, including reading with a flashlight, bringing in a favorite stuffed animal to read with, and listening to guest readers. In addition, Orchard classes would be sharing a book via Skye with another class from a different state or country.
Part of the week included Skype visits with authors for each grade. David Kelly, author of the Ballpark Mystery and MVP series met with second graders. Kelly shared about his research process and his book organization, as well as how he deals with revisions. Josh Funk delighted third graders with a reading of his newest book, The Case of the Stinky Stench. There were plenty of giggles as Funk answered students’ questions in his humorous style. Fourth graders were treated to readings from two of Laurel Snyder’s newest books, Charlie & Mouse and Orphan Island. Students enjoyed Snyder’s personal stories that came out through her writing. Since the fifth grades were studying poetry, connecting with Laura Shovan, author of The Last Fifth Grade at Emerson Elementary, was a perfect fit. Shovan read her favorite poems and showed the students how she kept track of the 18 different voices in her book, which is entirely told through various poetic forms.
Throughout the week, art teacher Susie Ely created unique books with the students. In addition, each Orchard student received a copy of a bookmark that was created by one of Orchard’s second grade students. The originals of the bookmarks had been sent around the country as part of a “Read Across America” exchange. In return, each second grader received a bookmark from a student in a different state, tying in with their yearlong study of the United States.
To close out Orchard’s “I Love to Read & Write Week” celebrations, students were visited by the nationally recognized author and illustrator Jason Chin. His books include Coral Reefs, Island: A Story of the Galapagos and Gravity, and his new non-fiction picture book, Grand Canyon. He shared illustrations from the beautiful book as he related facts pertaining to the history of this amazing US natural feature. Following morning meeting, Jason Chin met with grade level groups to talk about his other non-fiction picture books and some of the Galapagos Island’s interesting and unusual animals. We are so appreciative that Jason Chin shared a bit of his gift with us on this special day!
SOURCE: Donna Sullivan-Macdonald, Library Media & Instructional Technology Specialist, Orchard School