Her Right Foot, by Dave Eggers, is this week's choice for grade 3, which has been studying national symbols. I really talked up this beautiful, lively nonfiction picture book around the time of the book fair, but it is fairly expensive and not that many picture books (even long nonfiction ones) are purchased for upper-grade students, so I think that not too many people will already be super familiar with it. We will also watch the video below, which is a montage of images of the Statue of Liberty with a children's choir singing the words of "The New Colossus," the poem by Emma Lazarus that is on the statue's pedestal. (Please be careful showing YouTube content to your children because the comments, advertisements, and sidebars are often inappropriate for children.)
The Pennekamp library's book club for students in grade 5 starts in December. Pre-enrollment is REQUIRED, and consent forms will be available next week. The first meeting will be in the library at lunch/lunch recess on Monday, December 18. Book club is an optional, social activity for students who enjoy reading and talking about books. It is not related to the curriculum. As a parent, you will need to help your child obtain a copy of each of the 5 books we will read between January and June. Students commit to reading the chosen book each month before the meeting at which it will be discussed. The books are generally chapter-length fiction of roughly 300 pages. Typically we choose books that are either available in paperback or at the public library (so we don't all have to buy an expensive hardcover book), but the PK library is not able to provide copies of the monthly selections. Please consider carefully if the club is what you and your child want to do. I am delighted to welcome up to 20 students to the club. Membership is first come, first served.