For the 3rd year in a row, SLMC Lorie Steed has facilitated a staff book club at Central Davidson High School that focused on fellowship and fun. This organic group of readers works together to choose the titles and meet about monthly at a local eatery after school to discuss the books. The idea came from Principal Valerie Feezor who had benefited from a similar book club years ago. Feezor, herself, even participates from time to time!
One condition? NO professional books. The point of this club is to create a diversion from the daily grind, to just create opportunities to read some great books and spark some great discussions on interesting topics. The suggested titles are crowdsourced using the website Tricider. Books are selected by having members suggest titles by posting summaries and vote on their favorites.
Lorie does facilitate the group by sending email reminders, setting dates and bringing discussion questions to the group. But all in all, the group is low pressure and fun.
This month's selection is Where the Crawdads Sing and the restaurant is Cafe35.
January 28-February 1 the North Carolina Giant Map landed at Fair Grove Elementary. Students in all grades had a lesson about the giant map in the media center.
Students in Kindergarten - First grade used the Letterland Letters to identify and locate specific places in North Carolina. They also examined the Compass Rose and learned a way to remember the directions NSEW: "Never East Soggy Waffles."
Second and third grades found specific locations and scanned QR codes with clues for a Digital Breakout. Fourth and fifth grade students used the app "Goose Chase" to complete a scavenger hunt which contained many locations and facts about North Carolina.
Sue Tobin, DCS digital learning coach co-taught with Mrs. Condon and created the Goose Chase activity.
Our school revealed our One School One Book title, Old Yeller, on Wednesday, January 30 during our Reading is “Dog-gone” Fun Family Night. We kicked off in the gym with staff entertainment. Each family received a copy of Old Yeller as well as completed a stamp card by visiting the following 10 dog-themed stations:
Second grade students visited the library to research dog breeds using the eWISE Research Model. The library hosted a Recycling is “Dog”-gone Fun Contest in which students created a dog using recycled or craft items. Along with the dog created, each student researched their favorite dog and completed an index card with the information listed below:
· Name, Teacher, Grade
· Students in K- 1: (1) fact about the animal
· Students in 2-3: (2) facts about the animal
· Students in 4-5: (3) facts about the animal
Students were encouraged to use the online encyclopedia, Britannica School or nonfiction books from the library.
In celebration of World Read Aloud Day (February 1), we videoed our Battle of the Books team reading Chapter one of Old Yeller and emailed the video to all classroom teachers. At 2:00, all classrooms watched the read aloud.
It has been a busy week! Seeing the smiles on our students' faces has made it all WORTHWHILE!! An exciting READING CULTURE is being built at Southmont!!
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