Sunday, March 3, 2013

Dr. Seuss & Read Across America Day

Curtis students began their celebration of reading on Friday with Read Across America Day!  Students were given the opportunity to "Drop Everything And Read" as well as share reading with others through Skypes.

Our day started with Mrs. Christian's class Skyping with WHS students.  The high school students read Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss.  The students were all wearing their Cat in the Hat hats and sat and listened to the older Roos read to them!  It was a fun experience for everyone and we hope to do it again!

As fourth grade came in, they prepared to share books with students at JFK Elementary in Norman, Oklahoma and students from Matthew Winner's class in Maryland! The first class shared the new Texas Bluebonnet winner, Postcards from Camp by Simms Taback.  Our students took turns reading pages while the other class listened. When our friends had to leave, we Skyped with a retired teacher outside of Chicago!  Mrs. Barnstable has a cat, Catherine, that enjoys listening in, so our students read parts of the book to them!
 The JFK students shared Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul Zelinsky with us, which is a very funny book!  Our fourth graders from Mrs. Lyon's class and some of Mrs. Cast's class did an excellent job not only reading, but also with introductions.  I was very proud!! 
 Then Mrs. Hatcher's class, as well as more of Mrs. Cast's class, came in to Skype with our friends in Maryland.  We took turns reading pages from Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon on the We Give Books website. What is We Give Books, you ask? Here is a quote from their website:  "At We Give Books, each time a reader enjoys free children’s books online, they donate a hardcover or paperback book to a child in need through their great campaign partners."
It was a fantastic day of sharing!  Many classrooms participated in their own events throughout the day!  We are now getting ready for this week's celebration....World Read Aloud Day (which we are actually celebrating for 3 days through Skypes & author visits!) Stop back by to check out pictures from WRAD13!

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