Week 3: Read Alouds and Reviews

Dear Reader,

Welcome back to another blog post with library updates!

General Library News

Today is the last day to have handed in the answer sheet for the ISGR Winter Reading Challenge 21 – 22! If your child has forgotten it, you can take a photo of the answers and email it to fleur.doornberg-puglisi@staff.isgr.se. 64 students participated! This means we need to figure out how to accommodate us all (we won’t fit in the library!) and still be covid-smart! We will get back to you about the Matilda Movie Night ASAP!

PYP Library Times

Last week, we got back in our routines. We played a game, reminded ourselves of the library rules, and shared our book discoveries. This week, we will move on to new read alouds! In the Foundation and First Grade classes we will continue to read one picture book a week. This week in the Foundation classes, we will read There’s no Dragon in this Story by Lou Carter, which connects to their overarching unit of inquiry focused on stories. In the First Grade classes, we will read Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, which is connected to their overarching unit of inquiry focused on choices.

In PYP 2, we will read The Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny, by John Himmelman. In PYP 3, we will read the first book in The Lost World Circus series; The Last Elephant, by Justin D’Ath. In PYP 4, we will read The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate. In PYP 5, we will read Holes, by Louis Sachar. All excellent books, that are perfect for read aloud and connected to many aspects of our IB curriculum: the IB Learner Profiles Attributes and Key Concepts for example. We will take our time before or after the read aloud sessions to discuss what we’ve read and how we can connect it to our lives and learning in the classroom. We’ve already had a few exciting scorpion stories shared today!

In the next few weeks, we will also review our library learning goals we came up with in the beginning of the year. (The students laminated them into bookmarks. So please remind your child to bring their bookmark if they usually don’t!). While students are looking for books and reading during the library lesson, I will have a check-in with each student about their library goal. We’ll take a minute to reflect and see if they want to adjust/change your goal. Questions I might ask: Did you achieve your goal? Rate on a scale of 0 – 10. What helped you achieve your goal? What stood in the way of achieving your goal? Would you like to keep your goal, adjust your goal or create a new one? What will help to achieve your goa? I’ll take notes, and record all the (adjusted) goals. The idea is that having a library learning goal, gives us a sense of overall purpose during library lessons and a way of staying focused on what your reasons are to make the best of our library time.

Happy Reading!


p.s. Sophie will be back this week. Hurray!

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