Kindergarten and First Grade participated in Global Read Aloud's author study of Amy Rosenthal books including Chopsticks, Spoon, It's Not Fair, Duck Rabbit! and Exclamation Mark! and communicated with other classrooms in Connecticut and Arlington Heights through Skype.
Mystery Skype - Where in the World? Students research, ask and answer geography questions to place the partner class somewhere in the World!
Nonfiction November! Reading, learning and sharing awesome, amazing, interesting facts from nonfiction books!
Learning the Nonfiction Text Features
First grade works on finding Table of Contents and a bold word in nonfiction books
Can you identify the genre? 4th graders look at a variety of books to find characteristics of different genre.
Orientation - August 2015
Students learned the new "genrefied" shelving system for fiction books through a Kiklaklu scavenger hunt.
Finding Unique Animal Features
First graders look for an animal's unique feature using one book and reading it with a partner. Then students found a photo of their animal and recorded their best fact on chatterpix.
Author Barbara Rosenthal Visits Patton
Author Barbara Rosenthal spoke to students in K-2 and 3-5 about her special, engaging and award nominated informational books. She explained and demonstrated how she finds and writes unique stories of Thomas Jefferson, President Theodore Roosevelt, Joe Dimaggio and many others. She also spent extra time eating lunch with a group of very lucky students!
Author Andrea Beatty Visits Patton
Andrea Beatty author of Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Iggy Peck, Architect, spoke to students in K-2 about her engaging picture books that involve science and stress the idea that you must keep on trying out new things, and failing, in order to succeed!
Our First Research...second grade studies community Workers!
and first grade studies the unique features of animals...
More Research...5th Grade Studies diseases of the human body and shared their knowledge with their class
Author Ethan Long entertained students while involving them in the process of brainstorming illustration ideas for a book and drawing their inspirations!
Learning about Primary Sources
5th graders learned what is a primary source and spent time examining different types learning why they are important evidence for understanding history.
And Reading, reading, reading!
Delving into Caldecott Award winning picture books
2nd grade classes learned about the Caldecott Medal for the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book of the year, the criteria used to choose it and spend time reading and "rating" these wonderful stories.
Speed Dating with Books!
5th grade students took part in our first ever "speed dating with books" rotating tables containing piles of different genre, choosing one to read for 5 minutes and then moving on to the next table, choosing to keep the book they read or put it back.