Rykers' Ridge Learning Commons

Creativity, Curiosity, Innovation

October 2018

And just like that October has come and gone! October was an exciting time in our Learning Commons! All K-4th grade classes are participating in The Global Read Aloud.

Thank you to our Tech Team for setting up our new FlashForge Inventor II and Dremel 3D printers! Students will soon start creating their own designs.


Thank you,

Mrs. Stevenson and Ms. Schmitt

What is Global Read Aloud?

Started humbly in 2010 with a group of 150 students, Global Read Aloud has grown to nearly 2 million participants! The project is free and is not limited to schools; it can be done anywhere and has already reached more than 60 countries. Books within the project vary from kindergarten to college reading levels, and the public is encouraged to suggest future contenders.

GRA founder Pernille Ripp puts it best: “The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be."

Collaborating and Connecting

The true beauty of the Global Read Aloud is the connections with readers across the globe who have read the same story. We will be connecting with classrooms from all around the globe using various forms of technology. These include:


  • Hyperdocs
  • Mystery Skypes
  • Padlet
  • Twitter
  • Seesaw
  • Flipgrid

Picture Book Study: Julie Flett and Monique Gray Smith

A Boy Called Bat

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For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.


But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

New Books in the Learning Commons!

Below is just a sample of the new books we have recently added to the collection. Thanks, Mrs. Brinegar!


Stop by and check one out!

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Rubik's You Can Do the Cube!

Students will have the opportunity to stop by the Learning Commons to create a mosaic using Rubik's Cubes. This project will run throughout the month of November and some of December. Teachers are welcome to try it out, too!
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Until Next Time...

About Us

Our goals are to:


  • Get students excited about the library space and learning.
  • Give students opportunities to work on engaging tasks.
  • Provide spaces to work collaboratively, think critically and creatively.


Also, to transition to a place where students DO stuff, not simply a place where students GET stuff.