Friday is Halloween! Since the maker space is not open in the library this year, I am bringing maker space activities to the classroom! This week and next week we will be making CREEPY CHARACTERS!
- 1st-graders are reading Creepy Carrots and Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds. After comparing the stories and discussing characters, setting, problem, and solution, students will design their own Creepy Carrots and Creepy Underwear!
- 2nd-graders will be reading The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. We will be making the different parts of the scarecrow and working on story sequencing.
- 3rd-graders are reading My Teacher is a Monster and Leo, a Ghost Story, and making their own ghostly characters.
- 4th-graders are reading She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein. Students will then create their own Frankenstein monster using images of animals and PicCollage.
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- Celebrated author Patricia Polacco struggled with dyslexia, and did not learn to read until she was 14 years old. Check out her inspiring picture books Thank You, Mr. Falker and The Junkyard Wonders.
- Actor, producer, director Henry Winkler is also a children’s book author! His Hank Zipzer series, cowritten by author Lin Oliver, is based on his experiences growing up with the challenges of dyslexia. The Here’s Hankearly chapter books are printed in a font designed for kids with dyslexia.
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Congrats to the winners of our annual bookmark contest! This year the theme was Wescott Strong! Copies of the winning bookmarks will be distributed when students check out books from the Wescott library!
The Wescott Library is pleased to announce our first author visit of the school year! Courtesy of The Book Stall, author T.L. McBeth will be visiting Wescott 1st and 2nd-grade students next week Friday, Sept. 25th at 9:15 am via Zoom. For information or to order an autographed book, please click here and follow the instructions: https://www.bookstallauthorvisits.com/
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Every new school year we talk about the importance of having a growth mindset and we celebrate International Dot Day! Students in all grade levels are making creative dot projects inspired by The Dot by Peter Reynolds.
Our students LOVE the maker space in the library!!! Since the library is closed this year to students, the maker space is as well. However, the TRAVELING Library Maker Space is open for business starting Monday!
Last week we discussed how to take care of our library books. One of our book care rules is to use a bookmark instead of folding the page. To incorporate book care with Wescott Strong, we will have a Wescott Strong bookmark contest! The winning bookmark from each grade level will be printed and distributed when students check out books.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about the maker space activity. Want to know more about maker spaces? Check out this article from School Library Journal on the benefits of maker spaces.
Help celebrateNational Library Card Sign-Up Month. Please encourage your students and their grown-ups to get a public library card! Learn more about getting a Northbrook Public Library card by clicking here. They can even get a temporary card by applying online!
The numbers are out from the Summer Reading Program at the Northbrook Public Library! For the 5th year in a row, Wescott had the highest number of students participate compared to all the other schools in the area!!! Way to go, Wescott readers!!!
This summer reading success is due in large part to our strong relationship with the Northbrook Public Library. We are so grateful for Ms. Sarah!