DC Green both entertained and enthused our K – Year 6 students on Tuesday when he spoke about his books and gave them tips for writing engaging stories. The students attended in three sessions and each group was equally enthralled with his presentation.
Some classes had read his books and prepared drawings and had completed some related writing activities that were on display in the IRC. DC Green was very excited to see these and gave out some signed posters for budding authors.
The IRC will be awarding book prizes for the three students in each class who have most improved their writing during the next next few weeks after using some of the tips offered by DC Green.
The displays and more images of DC Green will be available shortly in the ‘Events’ section of this blog
We won’t be trying to break this record at Broughton – but what a great idea! Maybe we might try this on a smaller scale just for fun. Can you imagine returning all of the books to their proper place on the shelves?
Students brought their Grandparents to see their library and to share favourite books and activities. Many Grandparents also purchased books to donate to the IRC collection on behalf of their Grandchild. The Grandchildren are given ‘first-borrowing’ rights. Almost $2000 worth of books were donated!
Our school registered to take part in the National Simultaneous Storytime again this year. The three Kindergarten classes came to the IRC to listen to and read “The Wrong Book” by Nick Bland at precisely the same time as school libraries and public libraries all over Australia did the same.
Once again the story was brought to life by using an iPad app of the book projected onto the interactive whiteboard. Discussion of the characters and story followed after which students were provided with paper craft activities based on characters in the story. The students remembered the story from last year’s National Simultaneous Storytime, seen when in Prep, and we watched and listened to this book again as well.
Last week the IRC Theatrette was transformed into a party room for the visit of Katrina Roe who both entertained and educated our Prep – Year 6 students about food allergies. She certainly had the attention of all the students as she led them in party games then read her new book Marty’s nut free party. The students went away knowing how to hold parties that could be happily attended by friends with food allergies – and they really enjoyed the story as well!
I remember very well the enjoyment of reading aloud and sharing books with my children – even into their teenage years.
This post by Katherine Stone lists seven good reasons to keep on doing this.
It has become a tradition in our library for all of Year 9, on February 14 each year, to take part in ‘Speed Dating’. Books are pre-selected from all genres with appropriate but varying levels of reading.
Senior students observing the ‘set-up’ this morning could be heard reminiscing about their own experiences doing this three years ago. Clearly it was memorable and favourable!
Statistics are kept from the ‘rating’ sheets to make a display of most popular ‘dates’ and many students come back for second dates.
Library’s Lovers day!!
By Hayley B (Year 9 student)
Today was Library’s Lover’s Day 9. Our English class made their way down to the IRC where we stood behind a table, which was very prettily decorated, and which made us feel as if we were in a restaurant with our date sitting there staring at us. On the table next to our ‘date’ we had a cute red heart chocolate. Everyone was nervous for their first date, sitting down and opening to the first page and getting to know all about their date. After four minutes everyone rated their date and moved on to a new date and did the same thing all over again.
I think being at Library Lovers Day today was a great experience for everyone to perhaps find the right book for them, one which suits them best or maybe not even finding the right date at all but reading a variety of books.
The final BACIRC post for this year features our Year 6 student’s final activity in The National Year of Reading!
They finished the year by writing and then performing their own ‘Tales’ based (very loosely) on Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales
Every year Year 6 produces an abridged Shakespearean play but this year they went one step further and wrote their own production. They called it The Broughton Tales and included:
The Teacher’s Tale
The Prefect’s Tale
The Parent’s Tale
The Office Tale
The Canteen’s Tale
The Groundsman’s Tale
The Music Tale
The Librarian’s Tale
The Reverend’s Tale where a Christmas drama featured.
The introduction to each ‘Tale’ was in rhyme after which the students enacted one scene to match the ‘Tale’.
The Librarian’s Tale highlighted the usual Year 6 ‘gripe’ of not being allowed to borrow books restricted to High School Students.
Although this site is mainly for parents and teachers of preschool age children, it would also be invaluable for teachers of students with learning difficulties. The activity cards for pre-reading awareness are delightful, with very creative ideas for making things to promote a desire to read or understand the purpose and need for text. (Also useful for a grandmother’s toolkit!)
Yesterday the Year 9 Child Studies students came to the IRC for their lesson . First they were taught about the stages of the development of literacy skills from birth to school age, with emphasis on the importance and inter connectivity of all forms of communication. The use of books, digital or print, as a foundation for literacy development was demonstrated with illustrations from baby’s first recognition of shapes on a page. The introduction of words that eventually introduce concepts of fantasy as distinct from reality was then discussed – the problems this can cause and the fun this can initiate.
The Year 9 students looked at the K-2 collection of books and as Year 3 was in the IRC ‘borrowing’ books at the time, their teacher allowed us to ‘borrow’ the students in 3B to read them stories and discuss their story choices. A great time was had by all!
Lunch time in the IRC was ‘mayhem’ today as students tried to find and purchase the books Murray had shown them yesterday.
After school, parents arrived and many happy little customers went home to read new books, carrying new posters and armed with new pencils, Biros, erasers and other somewhat useful equipment.
Some Mums left the IRC patiently listening to joke after joke from their child’s new joke book.
Towards the end of last year and with a focus on the coming National Year of Reading class teacher, Kate Bradley, drew on A. A. Milne’s timeless classic Winnie-the-Pooh to help her class learn about relationships and also to use this literature to bind subject areas into an integrated unit of work. The students read the book then created their own characters who had to live together in their own class One Hundred Acre Wood behind the IRC. Students visited their ‘Wood’ often -sometimes bringing down their writing materials and working outside for added inspiration. This became their presentation area with characters (plastic bottles) standing next to poetry compositions (laminated on sticks). The display became a collaborative effort between the classroom teacher and Teacher Librarian with some Senior Students also assisting during study periods and the students benefited from all the added attention! In the following video Kate describes this unit of work.
In her latest post in An awfully big blog adventure, award winning author of 60 books for children and teens, Linda Strachan says:
We all know that children have to learn the skill that is reading so that they can discover the joy of losing themselves in a book, the delight of living new experiences through the characters in their favourite books
…we need our schools not only to help children learn the skill of reading but to find joy and delight in a broad range of books, to help them to become enthusiastic readers.
She goes on to discuss the role played by the school and Teacher Librarian in the of promotion of books and reading.
Yesterday we held a combined Book Week and National Literacy Day event for the Junior School (Years Prep-6). The day began with The Great Parade of Champions reflecting the theme for Book Week “Champions Read”. This was held in the Sports Centre – appropriately decorated with an Olympic theme. Parents and Grandparents then stayed to read their favourite children’s books to students in the classrooms.
The classes were all rostered in Stage Groups to come to the IRC throughout the day to have a book talk and a story and activity from one of this year’s CBCA Short Listed Books. The books were read and discussed using our new Interactive Whiteboard with web camera attachment.
For the Senior School (Years 7-12) we launched our eBook collection (Wheelers Books) with an invitation to log in on their devices and become Champion Readers!
More photos of Book Week activities and displays here