Our younger students have been thoroughly enjoying reading the “Froggy” series by Jonathan London. Please ask your children about it! This is a great introduction to the concept of “series,” and the books allow for plenty of reader interaction. From the sounds Froggy makes as he gets dressed to the funny way he learns to swim, the children have many opportunities to join in the reading both verbally and physically. This is a wonderful way for young kids to connect to books!
Grades 1-4 have been learning about graphic novels and the various attributes of this incredibly popular genre. We have read a few of these together, and students have also had a chance to create graphic novels of their own using a set of templates and word balloons. It is great fun to see their imaginations at work.
The 5th graders have been diving deep into a real-life mystery from history—the mystery of the Mary Celeste. After reading a book about this real “ghost ship,” the students have been thrilling me with their theories and doing a wonderful job supporting their claims with evidence from the text. They each got detective notebooks to record their notes and jot down their thoughts. What a smart bunch!