The Wonder Word

What's happening remotely this week in the LRC!

May 26, 2020

LRC Enrichment Activities for this week!

As a reminder, all activities from the LRC are considered enrichment. Focus on your learning boards first then come and explore here!


Once you click on the board below, you'll be taken to a larger version. Click on the books to hear the read aloud! ENJOY! There is one book for each day of our countdown this week, plus a few extras.

  • Wednesday 5/27: Quiet Day - Be Quiet
  • Thursday 5/28: Rainbow Day- Rainbows & Wonderopolis Rainbow Video
  • Friday 5/29: Sports Day- Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, Just Like Rube Goldberg, & the Swish Machine!


Plus some fun extras. ENJOY!!!

Weekly Virtual Read Aloud Opportunities

This week there will be a variety of Virtual Read Aloud Opportunities for Students! Here are the different choices below! Click on the link at the time of the meeting to join or use the buttons below!


This week we are reading Pizza & Taco, Who's the Best! We have two special visitors who will be joining Mrs. Bauer and I as well to help us bring this new graphic novel to life. Please join us!


PRIMARY Read Alouds- geared for K-2 but ALL AGES are welcome!


What's a GooseChase?

I know how much people enjoyed "reading BINGO". This summer we have a new fun reading challenge to keep us connected! On Friday, I'll be posting a video about the Field LRC's GooseChase Reading Challenge. Get excited Field Friends! This one is going to be super exciting- with no papers to lose- woot woot! If you want to get a head start, create a GooseChase account for your family by signing up here. I'll share the game info out on Friday!

The Strangers Read Aloud

The Strangers Read Aloud You Tube Channel

INTERMEDIATE Read Alouds Click here for my YouTube Playlist to get caught up on Margaret Peterson Haddix's The Greystone Kids, The Strangers.

Did someone say, J.K. Rowling?

The Ickabog

Today, J.K. Rowling made a HUGE announcement on her website. Yes, that's the author of Harry Potter!


From her website...


The idea for The Ickabog came to me while I was still writing Harry Potter. I wrote most of a first draft in fits and starts between Potter books, intending to publish it after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows .


A few weeks ago at dinner, I tentatively mooted the idea of getting The Ickabog down from the attic and publishing it for free, for children in lockdown. My now teenagers were touchingly enthusiastic, so downstairs came the very dusty box, and for the last few weeks I’ve been immersed in a fictional world I thought I’d never enter again. As I worked to finish the book, I started reading chapters nightly to the family again. This was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my writing life, as The Ickabog’s first two readers told me what they remember from when they were tiny, and demanded the reinstatement of bits they’d particularly liked (I obeyed).

I think The Ickabog lends itself well to serialisation because it was written as a read-aloud book (unconsciously shaped, I think, by the way I read it to my own children), but it’s suitable for 7-9 year olds to read to themselves.

I’ll be posting a chapter (or two, or three) every weekday between 26th May and 10th July on The Ickabog website. We plan to publish some translations soon and will post further details on that website when they’re available.

The Ickabog is a story about truth and the abuse of power. To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn’t intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now. The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country.


To read it, click on the picture above! Check back daily for more chapters!

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Pebble Go Pro Research Challenge

2nd & 3rd Graders 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2020

Do you think you are a Pebble Go Pro?

If you are a 2nd or 3rd grader, and think you're a Pebble Go Pro, come join me in a Google Hangout by clicking the link in our "virtual library" or by using the link here! Get ready to find some fun questions with Pebble Go, one of our favorite go-to resources!


Last week was so fun we are doing it again! PLEASE JOIN US!

Click here to join Battle Lunch

Tuesdays from 12:00-12:30 p.m.

Attention 3rd & 4th Graders!!!!

The Battle of the Books List has been published for 3rd & 4th Graders and this year there are 40 books! I will tell you, this book list looks AMAZING! I'm working on getting some of the books digitally though Destiny Discover, however, I also know that the Park Ridge Library has posted some other ways you can start reading, and Miss Lisa has even found some of these books in Little Free Libraries around Park Ridge!


We will be restructuring how we do Battle this year and doing BATTLES at Field in November/December before the ones at the library start, with more details to come. But the best thing you can do is START READING NOW!!!


We will have a Battle of the Books informational "lunch" meeting called "Battle Books & Bites" on Tuesdays from 12:00-12:30 p.m. where we can talk Battle of the Books, and I can book talk some of the books! If you are interested in Battle of the Books, join us on Tuesday and I'll explain how our meetings will work.


Fill out the interest form below then click here to join the meeting on Tuesday. :)


If parents have questions, feel free to reach out to Mrs. Schaab directly.

Calling Passionate 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders!

OPTIONAL Passion Projects

On Wednesdays, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. I am holding optional meetings for students who have their own WONDER that they would like to research. I am guiding them in the research process for something they wish to research on their own, then will choose what they want their final research project to be. So far we have some pretty amazing ideas! If you'd like to join us, please join our Google Classroom with the code efnfsfz - then I will make the link "live" in Google Classroom 5-10 minutes before each hangout. I'm excited for this optional opportunity to see Wonders develop into student created projects!

Check out this awesome game to test your digital citizenship skills!

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What I'm Reading Right Now

Ok- Lifeboat 12 I finished so quickly last week. I HIGHLY recommend that book to any read who likes historical fiction, action, and/or survival. It is a novel written in verse, and I could NOT put it down.


Now, I'm on to reading, A Dash of Trouble. With all of the baking we've been doing in this house, I'm pretty excited to see how magic and baking combine. :)