Off the Shelf...

@ the Cherokee Trail Elementary LMC - 9.17.18

Scroll down to see what your classes are doing this week and what they may need to bring to the LMC.

Authors who Skype for Free!!

Mrs. Nottingham's short list of favorites :) Scroll to the bottom of the newsletter for more information and additional authors.

What's Going on in K-2?

WHAT TO BRING TO THE LMC THIS WEEK:


  • NO chromebooks needed this week
  • Book to read/homework if they are not checking out


All K-2 students are added to EPIC Books in Mrs. Nottingham's classes. The sign-in code is: hwz5781, getepic.com.


Kindergarten: All classes will be finishing our theme bulletin board "We Read to Know That We Are Not Alone." They will be designing a hand die-cut that shows their unique attributes which will be put on our display. I will be reading Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. This book is a super-fun read-aloud with rhythmic text, and all students will be able to see themselves in the themes of confidence-building, self-esteem and joy of being who they are. "Pride, confidence, and joy radiate from the pages, ... writing that celebrates human worth with every syllable."



First Grade and Second Grade:

THIS WEEK: All classes will be finishing our theme bulletin board "We Read to Know That We Are Not Alone." They will be designing a hand die-cut that shows their unique attributes which will be put on our display. 1st Grade: I will be reading Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. This book is a super-fun read-aloud with rhythmic text, and all students will be able to see themselves in the themes of confidence-building, self-esteem and joy of being who they are. "Pride, confidence, and joy radiate from the pages, ... writing that celebrates human worth with every syllable." 2nd Grade: I will be reading The Journey, a story that follows a family that must leave everything behind and travel far to somewhere unfamiliar and strange. A journey filled with fear of the unknown but also great hope, one which many of our students have taken themselves.

What's going on in 3-5?

WHAT TO BRING TO THE LMC THIS WEEK:


  • NO chromebooks needed this week
  • Book to read/homework if they are not checking out


Third Grade:

THIS WEEK: All classes will be finishing our theme bulletin board "We Read to Know That We Are Not Alone." They will be designing a hand die-cut that shows their unique attributes which will be put on our display. I will be reading Lost and Found Cat, the true story of an immigrant family and the cat that inspired an international search effort to reunite him with the family he lost. A sweet tale that describes not only the immigrant experience but the family ties that bind us all, no matter our differences.


Fourth and Fifth Grade:

THIS WEEK: All classes will be finishing our theme bulletin board "We Read to Know That We Are Not Alone." They will be designing a hand die-cut that shows their unique attributes which will be put on our display. 4th Grade: I will be reading A Different Pond, the author's story based upon his family's Vietnamese-American family. His story will resonate not only with immigrant families but any family that has faced struggle. A Caldecott Honor Book. 5th Grade: I will be reading Amina's Voice, which examines the universal theme of self-acceptance and the complications that accompany the merging of cultures, and specifically those of Korean Americans and Muslim Pakistani Americans. The characters in the book come to term with their identity and culture, finding strength in their own voice, and the reader develops understanding and compassion for another culture and faith.

WHAT'S GOING ON IN 6?

WHAT TO BRING TO THE LMC THIS WEEK:


  • NO chromebooks needed this week
  • Book to read/homework if they are not checking out: 6th graders are to treat their LMC class time as a STUDY HALL if they are not checking out.


Sixth Grade:

THIS WEEK: All classes will be finishing our theme bulletin board "We Read to Know That We Are Not Alone." They will be designing a hand die-cut that shows their unique attributes which will be put on our display. I will continue reading How Dare the Sun Rise, the memoir of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, who at 10 years old was caught up in the war in the Congo, losing family members, escaping to refugee camps and escaping finally to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect. Her story of finding her place in a new country will resonate with all of us that struggle with acceptance and knowing our own voice.

The following authors offer free 15-20-minute Skype chats with book clubs and classes that have read one of their books! (Many also offer more in-depth virtual visits for a fee.) To arrange a virtual visit, check out the authors’ websites for book choices and contact information.

PLEASE NOTE:
Please check with the author via email to be sure he or she still offers free Skype chats before you purchase books or make plans. (Some authors offer only a limited number of free Skype visits, and some who start out offering free visits begin to charge later on.) Please e-mail me if an author on my list no longer offers free Skype visits. Happy Skyping!!