Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice"
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, Beth, and Anna
for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday
and for nurturing our writing lives.
It's Read Across America Day, one of my favorite classroom celebrations, and I'm not there to celebrate this year! When I read Catherine's post, I started thinking about the different ways I've celebrated this event with my students. One year we wrote postcards about our reading lives and requested a return postcard, attempting to connect with someone from every state. That would certainly be easier in today's age of virtual connectedness. We didn't reach our goal, but each and every postcard we received was proudly suspended from the ceiling over student desks to remind us of the power of reading.
We ventured across the playing fields to a neighboring elementary school several years to share favorite picture books with students. My students laughed when I insisted on plastic bags to protect the precious books, but banned umbrellas for our walk. (Ever tried to herd a group of 30 sixth graders carrying umbrellas?) They insisted that I cared more about books than I cared about them. One year we paired with fifth grade classrooms to share favorite books. My students were amazed that many fifth graders were reading the same books they were reading and came away with books to add to their Want To Read lists. One year we listened as students read to us. My students were reminded of the power of sharing what we're reading with someone else.
One year we did state reports. Another year we read books set in specific states. One year we focused on favorite Dr. Seuss books. Another year we celebrated with games and quizzes based on Dr. Seuss books and Theodor Geisel's life. It didn't matter that our celebrations changed from year to year. Regardless of a particular year's focus, we always found a way to celebrate this beloved day. Next year, I may have to adopt a classroom so I can share in their festivities for the day. How are you celebrating Read Across America?