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School-Wide Celebration


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We had a successful full day celebration for Read Across America. Students and teachers came to school dressed as favorite book characters. We had lots of Harry Potter and Arthur, but also Clifford, Corduroy, and the Chicka-Boom-Boom tree. We had a parade through the classrooms, starting with the Kindergarten. Classes paraded through each classroom, and as the parade passed through the room, that room joined the end of the parade.

During the day, we had a reading relay in the Media Center, with guest readers. Classes formed teams, and team members were assigned 1/2-hour slots through the day. There had to be a reader from each team reading in the media center at all times. Older kids could read to younger, guest readers read to groups, 3-5th had the option of joining these read-aloud groups as reader or listener, or could bring a book and read silently.

We also invited some local artists and a book editor/publisher to do talks in various classrooms. Teachers did special book activities and book related art or cooking activities in their classrooms. (A fourth grade teacher had her student teams present the author projects they researched on that day.) The Read Across America site is a great resource for book activities.

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