On curriculum night we debuted a special event for the the Patton community - our first ever all school/family book club. We will all read The Wild Robot by Peter Brown, according to a four week reading schedule. Families each received a beautiful copy of the book and will read at home with their students while teachers and staff read it as well. In school there will be trivia contests, discussion, research and activities related to the book. Each class will create a class robot that represents their class with specific features they choose. Reading begins on September 12 and ends on October 11 when we will visit with the author Peter Brown through Skype. We know our families will enjoy reading this unique story together and sharing the adventure of Roz the Wild Robot. We hope you will also access some of the suggested home activities on The Wild Robot page. On Friday when our students learned about the book club, Roz made an appearance, becoming "activated" and leaving students with this important message:
We also learned from our students why they love reading with their family at home and in class with their friends:
This week we welcomed students into the LMC for a new school year and provided an orientation to help them understand the changes and additions we made since last year, including brand new mobile bookshelves! Each grade level orientation was a little different but each one gave students the chance to circulate among the shelves, look at new books and new organization. Our goal is to foster student independence in the process of choosing and finding books and other resources, and it began this week! In Kindergarten students learned about book care and how to check out, First grader's completed a pictures hunt around the library on paper, while Second grader's used the app Klikaklu to find and match books, signs and locations of key resources. Third grade followed clues on a QR code scavenger hunt that took them from book to book, and finally Fourth and Fifth grade students successfully finished breakout games that used a variety of book and puzzle clues to open many different kinds of locks. In the process, students located all the different fiction genre, the new STEAM section and the expanded series location. Take a look:
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.