Grade 3 continues hearing the nominees for the Cook Prize. Bone by Bone was very well received last week, but this week we hear Toilet, by David Macaulay, which has already gotten quite a bit of student interest. The Hyperion Treatment Plant in El Segundo offers public tours as well as a virtual tour, if anyone is interested in knowing more about how sewage is processed.
Grades 4 and 5 continue with their novels.
Next week (March 10-14) Pennekamp will be having Poem-in-Your-Pocket week! I wish I could take credit for coming up with this idea, but there is in fact a national Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day--on Thursday, April 24, this year. Invariably the national day seems to be on or very close to the day of Pennekamp's Jogathon (it is the very same day this year!), so instead Pennekamp has a weeklong version of the event during our literacy month. Celebrate poetry by carrying a poem in your pocket next week. Come by the library next week with your poem if you would like to be photographed for our poster! Don't have a poem? You can copy one from a book or make up your own! The ETTC Poem Generator is a fun way to make your own poem.
The next book for the 5th-grade book club is A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz. Thanks to the other MBUSD schools that have lent us copies, and also to the Manhattan Beach branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library, which has plenty of copies on hand (at the "express library" bookmobile) for our use.
Coming to the shelves this week and next are a great many new books on endangered animals, in anticipation of grade 3's work on this topic as well as Earth Day next month (April 22). Thanks to the PTA for generously funding the purchase of new library books--we are lucky indeed to have up-to-date nonfiction materials for our eager Dragon readers, as well as the many other beautiful, entertaining, insightful, and thought-provoking books that come to our library through the generosity of the Pennekamp PTA.