The theme this week for class visits and books on display is Native Americans. Thanksgiving is coming, and while many of us (myself included) trace our lineage to people who immigrated to this land, it's undeniable that native people's lives were and are disrupted by the intrusion of newcomers. Following the Thanksgiving break I will be reading stories about immigration to the United State and the challenges as well as rewards of building lives here.
To provide context for the American Indian stories on display and that I'll read aloud, I'm planning to show the BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr. videos about Thanksgiving. Both pay special attention to the interaction between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. Did you know that the PTA provides BrainPOP for Pennekamp's students and their families? Our level of subscription allows you to use BrainPOP at home with your children--and you really should! There are so many videos on such a wide array of topics. Your son or daughter probably knows the login information, or you can get it from me or your child's teacher. I try to show something from BrainPOP once each school year--because the videos are great, but also to remind the students that these are available to us. (Thanks, PTA!)
As mentioned last week (and as I will keep mentioning!), students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are encouraged to participate in the upcoming Super Literacy Quiz Bowl (SLQB). Taking place during the PK Literacy Event (February 5 to 26, 2018), the SLQB is a trivia game in which students are quizzed on facts and details from a grade-specific list of 13 books. Participation in this activity is optional! In order to participate, students need to read at least 10 books from their grade's book list by mid-January 2018 and return a signed parent consent form. Teams will be randomly assigned, and competition will take place during the week of February 12 at an assembly. And you know what's great? The terrific Michael Mackavoy, librarian for children and youth at the Manhattan Beach public library, has obtained multiple copies of the books on the SLQB reading lists. The books are displayed under the big staircase in the library. This should really allow any and all interested students to participate, so please do make use of this wonderful source of support.