'Tis the Season to be Reading!

DEERWOOD ACADEMY MEDIA CENTER

Happy Holidays!

During the month of December we will continue the Superintendent's RACE2READ Challenge and participate in the APS Winter Reading Challenge as well! Please continue to utilize Class Pass with Atlanta/Fulton Public Library and plan to attend a Class Pass workshop in the media center! We will also host the Scholastic Book Fair December 12th- 20th! Please let me know if there is absolutely anything that I can do to assist you with your literacy needs. Need help with resources for developing unit plans? Would you like me to curate resources for a particular unit you're teaching? Want to collaborate on a lesson or project? Need assistance with MyOn, Accelerated Reader, Beanstack, Class Pass or other materials to support lesson planning? Just send me a quick email @drrice@atlanta.k12.ga.us. Happy Reading!

BUZZER READER RESULTS!

Congratulations to the following teachers and students for being named winners in the Buzzer Reader Competition. They will be recognized during halftime of the GT Women's Basketball Game on January 19th. All participants will receive tickets to the game and are invited to a pre-game pizza party!


INDIVIDUAL WINNERS:

Dawson Pressley~ 1st Grade


CLASSROOM WINNERS:

1st Grade – Ms. Jolita King, 43961 pages

2nd Grade – Ms. Wanda Smith, 17861 pages

Big picture

December Monthly Focus: Accelerated Reader Refresher

In preparation for our January AR Celebration, this month's lesson will center around Accelerated Reader for teachers who need a refresher!


  • AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Students pick books at their own level and read it at their own pace. When finished, students take a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that they understood what was read.) AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help students set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.


  • Students will read books, take AR tests, and receive incentives as they grow and earn points!


  • The students on each grade level with the most AR points will win a bike!


  • Teachers who fully support the program and push their students will win a Teacher Power Pack and gift card!


Big picture

What Should Students Know Before Visiting the Media Center?

Big picture

What is ZPD and why is it important to students and teachers?

Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) suggests the readability-level range from which a student should be selecting books for optimal growth in reading without frustration. It is important to note that the Star Reading ZPD is approximate. Success at any level also depends on the student's interest and prior knowledge of a book's content. Teachers should use their professional judgment to adjust the level of books read to match an individual student's needs and interests.


Reading within the optimal range as identified by ZPD is a key component of successful reading practice and goal-setting. Paired with consistent and meaningful reading practice, ZPD can help teachers guide their students toward growth, ultimately preparing them for college and career success.

Big picture

THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT!

LITERACY APPS FOR IPADS

Check out a few literacy apps to be used on your scholars' ipads. Students in the 1st and 2nd grades who are a part of the TABLET2READ pilot will find these apps especially useful as they build and refine reading skills. I would be happy to assist you with incorporating the use of these apps into your lessons. You may also sign up for a time slot for your class to visit the media center to work with these apps and many more! Just email me... drrice@atlanta.k12.ga.us

SEL BOOK OF THE MONTH

ISH By Peter H Reynolds


A creative spirit learns that thinking “ish-ly” is far more wonderful than “getting it right” in this gentle fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book The Dot.


Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere.

Drawing is what Ramon does. It's what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon’s older brother, Leon, turns Ramon’s carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just “right.” Combining the spareness of fable with the potency of parable, Peter Reynolds shines a bright beam of light on the need to kindle and tend our creative flames with care.

-Scholastic

WHAT'S IN YOUR BACKPACK?: MONTHLY RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT

MAKE USE OF THE MANY RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU IN MYBACKPACK...

Remember The Mailbox Magazine? Infobase acquired it and it is now available to you in myBackpack! Want ideas that are creative and make teaching your curriculum easier? Well, The Mailbox®, which has been around for over 40 years, is packed with 52,000+ fun and engaging ideas, activities, and worksheets that help inspire imaginations while teaching essential skills. Teachers can create and save comprehensive plans with activities that introduce a skill, sheets to practice it multiple times and multiple ways, an assessment that checks for understanding, and extra practice to ensure all learners get it. The Mailbox worksheets, crafts, forms, songs, games, graphic organizers, patterns, clip art, cards, and more span a diverse range of subjects, including language arts, math, social studies, science, classroom management, and arts and crafts.

JUST CLICK ON THE MAILBOX ICON IN MYBACKPACK AND GIVE IT A TRY!

LET'S PARTICIPATE IN THE APS WINTER READING CHALLENGE!

Big picture
Big picture

WEATHERWISE LESSON PLANS

When inclement weather strikes and the Atlanta area and schools need to close, we want to be sure that our scholars don't experience learning loss. Make sure that you have uploaded your WeatherWise plans to the google drive. Need help developing or uploading your WeatherWise units? Just stop by the media center or email me or Mr. D. Gates for assistance.
Big picture

THE BOOK FAIR IS COMING!

December 12th-20th
Big picture

IS YOUR CLASS PARTICIPATING IN THE RACE2READ?

Help us reach our reading goals. Need help getting started? Please send me an email and I'll be happy to come to your classroom to get your class logging!


SIGN IN THROUGH MYBACKPACK! JUST CLICK THE BEANSTACK APP!


  • STUDENT LOGIN

SCHOOL BEANSTACK SITE: https://apsdeerwoodacademy.beanstack.org/reader365

USERNAME: School username

PASSWORD: race2read

As students log reading, they will earn virtual badges and special recognition.


  • TEACHER LOGIN

Go to your school’s URL and select sign-in

USERNAME: School Email Address

PASSWORD: beanstackreads


TEACHER GUIDE:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HmqyArt305eGwUG_av57FtVBpSRc2zoKy6u3Lui18Xg/edit

Upcoming Events

  • Inclusive Schools Week December 2nd-6th
  • Scholastic Book Fair December 13th-20th
  • WeatherWise Lesson Plans PD December 4th