The I-Zone at Portage View is up and running and as busy as ever! Students have been visiting with their classes to review the organization and routines in the library.
Primary students heard a story called, “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” written by Ryan T. Higgins. This humorous story is about a t-rex on her first day of school and teaches students how to make friends with humans.
Our junior and intermediate students have also had weekly opportunities to visit the I-Zone. They have selected books, explored some of our makerspace materials (watercolor pencils, Keva Blocks, puzzles), played Mancala and some have used iPads also.
Kindergarten students will be visiting this week and will have the opportunity to listen to a book by Ian Schoenherr called, “Read It, Don’t Eat It!” which talks about how to share and care for our library books.
Lots and lots of dots filled our school yard on September 18. There were dot shirts, dots in hair, dots on hats, dots everywhere! Our primary students listened to the story “The Dot”, written by Peter Reynolds and then participated in a variety of activities that allowed them to celebrate, collaborate, and create with DOTS! Some of the activities were a dot hunt, dot Twister, creating dot hats, painting dots and so much more.
This week several classes will begin reading books as a part of the Global Read Aloud. Two of our primary classes will be participating in a study of picture books including “My Heart Fills with Happiness”, “You Hold Me Up” and “When We Were Alone”.
Some of our junior division classes will be reading “A Boy Called Bat” written by Elana Arnold or “Amal Unbound” by Aisha Saeed.
Finally, our intermediate classes are invited to read Refugee by Alan Gratz. Take a look at the trailer below for this awesome book. Participating classes have the opportunity to make connections with classes from somewhere else in the world to meet and discuss the books they are reading. The official start date for the Global Read Aloud is October 1. I look forward to seeing what connections our panthers will make over the next 6 weeks!