The books I've chosen this week are not on bullying per se but, rather, are intended to encourage students to be themselves, to offer friendship (especially to students who may need a friend), and to be brave in the face of tough choices or challenging situations. In a word, courage is the theme for this week's readalouds.
Grade 5 is doing research on explorers. Each class has been given some general guidance on internet accuracy and provided with suggestions as to reliable websites. Also, World Book Online (the online database to which our school subscribes--thanks, Pennekamp PTA!) is an excellent resource. The students have been emphatically urged to confirm internet information in more than one source before using it. Last and very importantly, students should know NOT to use the site All About Explorers! All About Explorers is a teaching tool filled with INACCURATE information designed to give students a chance to practice internet research skills.
Entries for the County of LA Public Library's bookmark contest are just about due. The last date to turn them in is Saturday, October 31, for entries that are brought to a library branch. The postmark date for mailing is October 24.
The Manhattan Beach public library has some Halloween events coming up. Tuesday, October 20, from 3:30 to 5:00, the tween group (for grades 5 to 8) will be discussing Coraline, by Neil Gaiman. Saturday, October 24, at 11:00 a.m., is Buster Balloon's Halloween Spooktacular, described as "full of creepy comedy, spooky magic, and monstrous balloon creations." Friday, October 30, from 3:30 to 5:00, the library will have a craft event for children ages 4 and up.