Friday, October 20, 2017

Fall means it's time for our annual SMITH READS Storybook Pumpkin Patch!  Students in grades 1, 3, and 5 create a pumpkin to look like a character from their favorite book.  This year was the biggest pumpkin patch yet!  Stop by the pumpkin patch before the end of October to see all the wonderful characters on display.  They are everywhere!  Here are a few for a sneak peek into the fun pumpkins students have created.  Thank you so much to the parents who helped out with the literary project.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Students in 4th and 5th grade are participating in an exciting DOT DAY Breakout in the library.  The problem is that someone snuck in the library and hid all the drawing paper...then locked it in a box!  If students are going to create DOTS for DOT DAY, they must solve the puzzles and breakout of the box!

Breakout EDU is an up and coming company which provides challenges of all kinds for librarian and teachers everywhere.  Thank you to the SMITH PTA, the library has several Breakout EDU boxes for students to stretch their brains!

Students were also making their mark in the art room with Mrs. Pitts while painting these fabulous murals!

Our big day ended with the entire school coming together as one giant human DOT!  We made a dot with almost 700 humans!  That's a great way to show the unity at Smith!

Until next year...Make your mark and see where it takes you!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Smith won the to speak!  We are most fortunate to have the famous author, Mac Barnett visit us this fall!  Barnes and Noble is sponsoring this presentation and will have four of Mac's books available for pre-order and autographs.  Students should turn in their order forms by September 14, 2017.  Autographed books make excellent birthday presents!  Get yours today!  See form below.

For more info about this fabulous author, visit his website!  Mac Barnett's Website

Monday, May 22, 2017

There were a lot of characters who popped off the pages of great books at Smith for Book Character Day!  Students were very creative this year as they dressed up like their favorite storybook character!
Just one of the favorite spirit days of  our annual Children's Book Week celebration!  The SMITH PTA gives the library money to purchase paperback books for each student during this week also!  This is great because it always falls when the library books are due back at the end of the school year.  Students were excited to pick out their new paperback books from the proceeds at the Smith PTA Book Fairs this year! Thank you, parents for shopping at the book fair!  Every dollar spent helped us provide this literary treat for Smith Readers!

Smith students still have 89 books out that need to be returned to the SMITH READS Library.
Please check under beds, in closets, in toy boxes, in the couch cushions, under the car seats and in all your secret hiding places to help us return all of the missing books.  Thanks so much for your help!

Readers have checked out a lot of books this year; here are they favorites from a few of the popular genres!  Have you read them all?

Monday, May 8, 2017

Smith Reads Sock Hop

Students piloted a new reading challenge this year.  Children in grades 3, 4 and 5 were asked to read at least 20 books of their choosing.  Most readers read between 25-75 books!  This reading challenge was fashioned after Donalyn Miller's, 20 Book Challenge.  Miller is also the creator of #bookaday, where educators spend their summer reading one book each day to expand their knowledge of children's literature.  Check out the #bookaday on Twitter for more info.

We ended our challenge with a fun sock hop and a free book compliments of the Smith Reads Library and the Smith PTA Book Fairs.  Enjoy the slideshow below.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Students in 2nd grade were introduced to the Flat Stanley character by Jeff Brown in the library a couple of months ago.  Since then, students have given their own Flat Stanley a tour of the school, library and playground.  Eager students shared collages they made in the Pic Collage app with new friends at Miller Elementary School.

Flat Stanley went home with every second grader to plan an exotic trip!  Stanley was then mailed, since he was so flat.  It's a good thing that he didn't have to buy any airplanes tickets!  Stanley has been coming back to Frisco to celebrate his many travels.  Check out Twitter @smithreads or #flatstanleyatsmith to see some of the fun Tweets about his trips!