Celebrating World Read Aloud Day (3/5) and Reading - All Week!
The 4th graders came down to the library early this morning to get caught up on their mushers and their standings in the Iditarod. (The Iditarod official start was Sunday, March 2.) Students eagerly logged on the Iditarod website to check the status and locate their mushers on the GPS tracking system. (I subscribed to this so that we could see the race unfold daily.) Each student has a pin representing her/his musher on the trail map on the hallway bulletin board. They will be checking daily (at school and at home) to see how the race proceeds.
At 9:25 a.m. yesterday morning students in 6th grade participated in a Skype visit with Mr. Plemmons 5th grade in Athens, Georgia. This was planned weeks ago by him in honor of World Read Aloud Day (Week). Mr. Plemmons is a very engaging and hard-working teacher-librarian with whom his students are blessed to work. I've been following his blog for some time and he has inspired my work here at St. Matt's. He and I co-read Interrupting Chicken and then our 6th graders shared a bit about the Iditarod (they were the first class to learn with me about the Iditarod.) The students from both schools also shared about their states - of course, we had to mention the Seahawks ☺) We discussed the differences in climate as well.
Taping Mrs. Edwards to the Wall - Students who had logged their reading during Everyone Loves to Read & Write Month (February) were invited to gather in the hallway outside the library at 2:00 p.m. for the big event. The excitement was contagious as students worked in pairs to apply tape to me as I stood on a stool in the hall outside the library. A video below recaps the event. (BTW... the tape is still there but our visiting student, Flat Addison, from Nebraska, is taking my place!)
At 8:45 a.m. 1st grade came to the library to Skype with 1st grade students in Mrs. Lussier's class at Brewster Elementary in Durham, Connecticut. Her students were anxious to hear about the Iditarod. After we introduced ourselves, I briefly explained what the Iditarod is and then read a story to both classes called Sled Dogs Run. The children were very interested in how the dogs are attached to the sled and worried that they might choke on the harnesses. I showed them a picture and, using my "official" stuffed sled dog, showed them how the harness works. I also shared what a bootie is and why the dogs wear them. St. Matthew 1st graders were treated to the "lovely" smell of a used bootie that was used during the Iditarod a few years back! After our Skype visit finished, the 1st graders wanted to know how far Connecticut is from Seattle so we used Google Maps and explored how long it would take to drive (43 hours) and walk (946 or so) there from here. Students did some predicting and Courtney guessed the closest to the amount of time it would take to walk there (she guessed 1000 hours).
At 9:30 a.m. 4th graders returned to the library to check up on the mushers. Sadly, one of our favorite mushers, DeeDee Jonrow, has withdrawn from the race! She is a veteran of many Iditarods and I'm sure it was a tough decision for her.
If you would like to follow the race, the link is here.
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