Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Book Week Performances and Presentations

As part of the East Book Week celebration next week, February 24-28, we will have 3 author visits and a puppet show. Keep reading for more details.

K1 & K2:

Nikole Horkin from Once Upon a Puppet Theater will share adaptations of Ugly Fish by Kara Lareau and This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. Nikole makes all of the puppets and sets. She is quite talented and the children love her shows.

K2 & Grade 1:

Sarah Mounsey, author of the Paw Prints series will share her stories on Wednesday, February 26. The Paw Prints series has been awarded a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Sarah is taking orders for signed copies of her books. Complete this form and return it to school if you are interested.

G2 & 3:

Felicia Low-Jimenez, one half of the husband & wife team who write the Sherlock Sam series, will visit East on February 26. Sherlock Sam, a clever and observant 10 year old boy, solves mysteries all over Singapore. The first in the series, Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong, is one of the titles on the Red Dot Award short list. This is Felicia's first visit to East and we are really looking forward to it. Books will be for sale just outside the Primary School Library on February 26 and 27.

G4 & 5:

Tristan Bancks, a children's book author with a background in acting and filmmaking, will visit East on February 24 and 25. His books include the Mac Slater series, The Nit Boy series, My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up, and Galactic Adventures; First Kids in Space. Tristan will lead workshops to inspire our students as writers and storytellers. Forms have been sent home for book orders. Contact Debbie Diaz if you would like a form. ddi@uwcsea.edu.sg

There will also be a Bookaburra Book Fair in the Plaza from February 26-28. 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Be a Reading Fan!

The Primary School Book Week will be February 24 - 28. 

Below is info about the week. Feel free to do more in your class or grade.

Our theme for the week is:
Be a Reading Fan!

Print the posters here and here.

Daily Events:

Art Attack Monday- Kick off the week with an art activity to accompany a book. This can be an activity you do in class, for home learning, as a class or individually. Maybe use a Red Dot book as inspiration or a class novel….Be creative! Click here and here for ideas. (Display space for your artwork will be available in or just outside the library later in the week.)

Poem in your Pocket Tuesday- everyone comes to school prepared to share a poem -- either in their pocket to be read or in their head to be recited. Don't forget to ask students to share their poems! You might want to promote this the week before or for home learning. Have quick poetry breaks during the day. Perhaps have a student ring a bell at random times and students quickly read their poems to a partner.

Buddy Reading Wednesday- during Morning Meeting time. Contact your buddy class prior to the event. Book fair in the Plaza.

Thinking Thursday- focus on nonfiction. Here’s a link to magazines and news sites. Or maybe take this time to explore our databases. Links are on on the library homepage. Click here for login info. You could make the reading fan/sports fan connection and research a favorite sport or athlete or the Olympics. Book fair in the Plaza.

Book Character Friday- Come to school dressed as a favorite book character. Click here and  here and here for costume ideas. Infant/Junior assembly at 8:30 in the Main Hall. Book Fair in the Plaza.

Click here for a timetable of special events during the week.

Week Long Events:

Book Nooks- Be on the look out for special reading areas with bean bags and pillows around campus for reading books before school and throughout Morning Break and Lunch Break. Thanks in advance to Grade 3 for organizing this!

Bookmark Competition- Each class will be given blank bookmarks to decorate to celebrate our theme, Be a Reading Fan!  This can be done in class or for home learning or maybe on Art Attack Monday. There will be a winner in each grade. Copies of the winning bookmarks will be available in the library a couple of weeks later. For more info, click here.

Guest Readers- Sign up with your available times on the google doc. A guest reader will contact you.

Mother Language Storytelling in the Library at lunch time for grades 2-5.  

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Red Dot Voting begins this week

Voting for your favorite Red Dot book will take place March 5-12. Children in K1-Grade 1 will vote in the library during regular check out time. Just ask for the beans from the Library Ladies.

Juniors will vote online either on the library iMacs or iPod Touches. More details about that coming soon.

The Red Dot Award is a children's choice award where the lists of titles are chosen by a committee of teacher librarians in Singapore from recent children's literature (first published in English within the past four years), with the goal of offering a range of books from around the world. Students will vote for their favorite books in March.

Here's the website for more information and to print posters.

The Red Dot books are divided into four categories: