For the four weeks we read Wishtree, classes discussed the book, listened to staff readings of the chapters and participated in the animal scavenger hunts and trivia question contests on morning announcements. In LMC several grades worked on different research and projects that related to the story, the setting, Wishtrees, or the animal characters in Red.
In Kindergarten students drew Red and labeled the Wishtree animals and Red and coded the Beebots to find their way around the tree.
In first grade, students also used the Beebots to code their way from animal to animal in Red, and researched crows to compare the real bird's habitat, food and actions to Bongo in Wishtree and decide what is the same and different. Then they created a Pic collage with their favorite characters from the story.
In second grade, students are studying habitats so we researched Red's habitat, the Woodland or Forest to find out what is the weather, and what plants and animals survive there. Students also chose one animal to research in PebbleGo and Facts4Me and shared their facts with the Chatterpix app, and brainstormed new animal names following the "rules" for naming them outlined in Wishtree.
In 3rd grade, students "saved" Red by solving the clues to a Breakout box, which required knowing the details of Wishtree and finding books related to those details. Students also researched the climate zone that Red would live in.
On Thursday, October 26 we celebrated our One Book, One School read of Wishtree, with a special night for families. The Grove, courtesy of the Patton PTA, shared exhibits about trees and the animals that live in them which included counting rings, matching leaves, examining animal pelts and touching a live snake! In the LMC and classrooms, families used the Pic Edu iPad app to put their family into the Wishtree with all of Red's animal friends. Then families competed in a friendly Kahoot game to see how well they remember the story. Finally families wrote a wish for the Wishtree in the Commons, created by our Social Service Club students. Take a look at the fun....
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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.