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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Crew News December 14, 2011

Looking for a Good Read Aloud?
If you are looking for a good book to read aloud to your child, you should take a look at the Gooney Bird Greene series by Lois Lowry. I recently read the first book, Gooney Bird Greene, to the crew. They loved it so much that they burst into applause when I finished the book. Gooney Bird is a quirky little girl who teaches her second grade class how to tell good stories. This book tied right in with our story-telling/wordless picture book unit and leads us directly into our personal narrative unit during Writer's Workshop. The books in the series are funny and the chapters are just the right length for a good bedtime (or anytime) read aloud. Gooney Bird teaches other concepts in the other books in the series - things like poetry, vocabulary, geography, fables, etc. She teaches all of this while the reader is laughing and doesn't even notice that they are learning. This series is written at the end of 3rd grade or beginning of 4th grade level so it would not really be appropriate as a "on my own" book for anyone in our crew yet. Children are developmentally ready and able to listen to books that are about 2 grade levels above their current reading level so this series is just perfect for reading aloud to students in our crew. We will be reading other series later in the year but this is a great place to start a family read aloud. Ask your child about Gooney Bird Greene.

Paper Towel Rolls
We are still collecting paper towels rolls. Thanks for continuing to send them in.

We have library tomorrow. Help your child remember to return their books so that they can check out new books.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 5.3 Relation Symbols

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