Classes are hearing books on a variety of topics this week. You can find all the selections via the Weekly Readalouds tab of this website.
Below please find a video clip of recently enhanced footage from the Apollo 11 moon landing. The embedded file below is from Youtube, so unfortunately it includes an advertisement at the beginning, but it is beautiful and much easier to see in this enhanced version. There is a short discussion of the original and the enhanced footage on the National Geographic website. Third grade is concluding Moonshot, by Brian Floca, this week.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and this Wednesday, October 9, is Unity Day, on which people can wear orange in opposition to bullying, teasing, and social exclusion. Throughout October I will be reading books about being a good friend, including others who may feel left out, and standing up for someone who is being teased or excluded.
There are always a great many of these educational weeks and months going on. In addition to programming at schools, community centers, museums, and in the media, these observances provide parents with an opening to talk with their children about issues. Also this month are Fire Prevention Week (October 6 to 12), World Food Day (October 16), the conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), and Red Ribbon Week (October 23 to 30). I do not cover every event with every grade, but as you can see from the Weekly Readalouds, I try to touch on as many as I can.
Please do not forget about the County of Los Angeles Public Library's bookmark contest. Here again is the link for an entry form. Completed entries may be turned in at our school office or the library--they will be picked up by our wonderful public children's librarian, Melissa Messner, shortly after the due date, which is October 19.