Read Across America and the World!

IMG_0091We can’t just celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Day in one day at Barrow.

Look at all these readers!

Look at all these readers!

The Trufflemakers, our winning 5th grade team

The Trufflemakers, our winning 5th grade team

Making a game plan

Making a game plan

On Thursday, we kicked things off with our 5th grade battle of the books.  Five teams competed in 3 rounds of competition.  The Trufflemakers and the Fellowship of the Books made it to the final battle.  I didn’t think either of them were going to miss a question.  The scores ended up being so close, but in the end, the Trufflemakers came out on top.  Prana, Gabriel, Sarah, Taylor, and Cassie will now move on to the district competition.  Good luck team!

Today, we held our annual Dr. Seuss Day with more guest readers in classrooms than I can count.  Ever year just when it seems we won’t have enough people, we end up with 2-3 readers in every room!  Many thanks to Kim Ness who took over this project for me and recruited all of our readers.  She was such a huge help in this fun day!  We had parents, community members, Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers, and even UGA athletes read Dr. Seuss books to our students.

I’m even more excited about what we have coming up next week.  March 6th is World Read Aloud Day.

It’s a day to unite our voices around the world, celebrate the joy of reading, and change the world!  Through twitter, facebook, and a Google Doc, I’ve collaborated with authors and libraries around the country to have a skype session every 30 minutes with lots of class is our media center.  Just take a look at our schedule:

8:30 Carney K, Vertus-K Okle Miller
Tampa, Florida
9:00 Boyle – K, Li K Matthew Winner
9:30 Freeman- 4th Laurel Snyder, author
9:45 Hocking – K Jesse Klausmeier, author & Shannon Miller’s Students
10:30 Olin- 4th grade Mary Priske 4th grade
11:00 Yawn – 2nd gradeWright-2nd grade Ann Marie Pace, author
11:30 Selleck-4th 5th Grade
Laura Beals D’Elia
12:00 Stuckey – 1st grade Lisa Waggett
GoForth Elementary League City, TX
12:30 Watson-1st Kathy Schmidt
Gwinnett County
1:00 Ramseyer – 2nd Grade
Brink – 2nd Grade
Jeff McHugh
Arlington Heights, IL
1:30 5th grade Jody Feldman, author


I can’t wait to connect our students with so many students, libraries, and authors around our country.  In many of these experiences, we will do a shared reading.  I will read parts of a book and the skyping guest will read part of the book.  Also in each session we will have time to make connections with our guests.  We’ll find out a bit about where they live, what they like to do, etc.  With each experience, students will broaden their world beyond the walls of our school and beyond Athens.  I can’t wait to see what happens!

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