The Love of Reading

My goal this year is to give your child the love of reading. At the beginning of the school year, we spent a lot of time at the library, working with Ms. Hong, our teacher librarian, and Mrs. Lay, our project teacher. During those visits (look for the Love of Reading notes in our class Evernote account), we talked about books, watched book trailers and made lists of books we’d like to read. For the past few months, we also spent time learning about how to hold a discussion when talking about books. The students are now able to use all the reading strategies learned in class while meeting with a small group of classmates.

Now that the end of the school year is quickly approaching, I’ve started noticing some changes in everyone. Many students who claimed to not like reading are now enjoying our Book Club meetings AND they are also reading in FRENCH! I can also often hear them talking about good books and getting excited when a new book is coming out. Seeing a student get excited about something like this is one of the many reasons why I love my job so much!

Here is a list of what we’ve been reading as part of the Book Club & Livromanie programs.

English:

Boys Who Rock the World

Girls Who Rock the World

Holes

Hatchet

Owls in the Family

The Breadwinner

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Kensuke’s Kingdom

 

French:

Livromanie

Since the Livromanie books are at a lower interest level, I’ve asked the students to focus on the vocabulary learned instead. This week and next week, they will also be in charge of recording one chapter each so that we can eventually have an audio version of these books. This is a sample I’ve done for the class. I would also like to do a few more activities with these books but may need to adjust as we will soon be running out of time.

All Grade 5 students have also completed a project on a French book they read and recommend to a younger audience. This week, we’ll have the pleasure to watch them present their work to the class. This will give them a chance to prepare before they meet Mme Pamela and Mme Sara’s students.

 

I leave you with a picture I found on my computer. It’s amazing how much older the students look now!

waitingtogoupthestairs

 

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