First Graders Are Authors!

The first graders have finished their research on wolves.  Students worked hard on this project from start to finish. Students learned many knew facts about wolves as well as clarified some facts that were confusing.  To share our learning, they created a book of facts learned, illustrated by the students using a website called Bookemon.  Here is the book on wolves.  I will post the other class book on blue whales as soon as we finish it.

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Summer Reading Challenge Begins

Today we kicked off Summer Reading.  While we are still in school for another month, Scholastic’s Read For the World Challenge started on May 9 so we need to start, too.  Our school has participated for the past five years, making this our 6th year.  It is going to be the year we reach our goal of 100,o00 minutes.  I know this is not a lot of minutes, but we have never read that many minutes before, so we are working toward that small goal this year. Students have been given two incentives to keep reading all summer long:

  1. Our principal, Mrs. Wright, has agreed to do a Mexican dance if our school reads 100,000 minutes.
  2. For each individual student who reads 1200 minutes over the summer (starting today) they will be invited to attend a special reception (with cake!) with their parents.  At the reception students will celebrate their achievement, receive a certificate, and  a special reward.

To read 1200 minutes, students were told that they only need to read 15 minutes a day, five days a week.  They can take the weekends off, but really, who would want to?

We have several things planned to help get books into students hands for summer reading.  The first event is our first ever Buy One Get One Free book fair in June!  Stay tuned for more events to come and get ready to read!


Get Caught Reading Is Back!

May is Get Caught Reading month!  At TJ Connor, we are celebrating all month long, too.  In the past we have had a reading campaign leading up to our book fairs, giving us an opportunity to get books into students’ hands.  This year, Get Caught Reading is not a lead in to our June book fair.  It is a celebration of reading all on its own!  Our students get ticketed for any free voluntary reading they do at school.  What makes this time so exciting and different is that we are drawing winners every week throughout the month of May.  We randomly draw three names from each grade to select a free book.  Our first winners get announced on Monday morning!  We even have a nice display in front entrance reminding students to Get Caught Reading!