Thursday, January 5, 2017

Welcome to 2017!  This year could be the year of the books!!!  The SMITH READS library is open for business, so come on down for a great story.  Mrs. Pelias has some great things in store for students this year in the library.  The fun is just beginning!  There is a LOT happening at Smith in the new year!

Remember DOT DAY?  Kindergarten and first grade students saw Peter Reynolds explore creativity through making dots into all kinds of things!  Students visiting the library this week have been creating dot universes!!!

Fourth graders have been using the dictionary to help them review skills to find words and their meanings. One students was heard saying, no one uses a dictionary anymore; they just use their phone.  When asked what app on their phone they used, the student responded, "Webster's Online".  Students discovered that "Webster's Online"  is still considered to be a dictionary.  Dictionary skills are not as dead as students once believed.  It takes some thinking to discern which definition to use when there are so many multiple meaning words in the English language.  

Second graders have been meeting Flat Stanley this week and creating their own Stanley.  Mrs. Pelias read Jeff Brown's book, Flat Stanley to each class and shared the plan for Smith students to show Smith off to another FISD elementary school across town.  Students from Miller Elementary will be doing the same activity.  We will share photos of Stanley around the school for a virtual visit of another campus!

After the school visits, Flat Stanley will go home with second graders.  Students will send Stanley on a vacation wherever they choose!  Students need to know somewhere wherever they are sending Stanley to be a host family.  For an example: If the student's cousins live in California, Stanley can be mailed off on a fabulous vacation!  The cousins could take Stanley to famous landmarks or exciting places where they live.  Grandparents could host Stanley too!  College friends of students' parents...aunts.....uncles...friends who have moved away...the sky's the limit!  Well, unless you know an astronaut, you really couldn't send Stanley to outer space!  Just ask your host family to take photos of Stanley visiting fun places around their town to share with us!  They can tweet photos with the #smithreadsflatstanley2017 and tag @smithreads on Twitter!

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