October is going to be AWESOME.  No only is it football season and my favorite weather of the year, but there are some fabulous things happening

bf monsterWe kick it off with the Scholastic Book Fair which is open October 5-9.   It’s going to be MONSTER fun!

But wait, that’s not all!  October 5th begins the 2015 Global Read Aloud and my students will be participating this year!  Grades 2-6 will read the same novel as students all over the world are reading, and we will connect through various methods to discuss the books with others around the country.  I’m so excited!

graFor 6 weeks, Grades 2 & 3 will read The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes.  We will connect via Skype or Google Hangouts to talk about the novel with other classrooms; Grades 4-6 will read Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and connect via Skype and Edmodo groups with other classrooms.  So far I have connected us with classrooms in North Carolina, Kansas, New York, Texas, Wisconsin and Canada!  I believe this will be a great way to merge literacy and technology and I’m sure the kids will love it!  You can read more about the Global Read Aloud here.

Kindergarten & 1st grade will get back to normal classes, learning more and more about parts of a book and also logging in by ourselves on the computer and playing skill games.

7th and 8th grade will continue to update their TBR (to be read) lists…hopefully with books from the Book Fair!  I will also make sure they have an updated weekly goal for independent reading.  All 7th and 8th grade should be logging their pages read in Mrs. Propst’s room on a daily basis in order to help keep them going in their independent reading novels.  We will continue with typing lessons, making sure we are using the correct fingers.  In Dig Cit, we will delve deeper into some information literacy and some new apps for the Chromebooks.