Kindle Fires that is. Thanks to a grant from the District 279 Foundation, student have access to 10 Kindle Fires. The Kindles currently have over 400 ebooks and many educational apps. Many of the ebooks will even read to the children. We are very excited about using these. Thank you District 279 Foundation for supporting literacy and new technology.
The RIF website is a great place to go to find reading activities, games and resources for parents and children. I have included their monthly activity calendars in the monthly newsletter. Here is a link to the website where you can find them. RIF Reading Calendars
Students at Zanewood have had the privilege of participating
in several video conferences.
Students from 1st – 6th grade
participated in Read Across the Planet where they were matched with another
classroom of the same grade level and presented what they are learning about in
their classroom. Then they took time to ask questions of one
another. This was especially fun for our students matched with classrooms
Then several of our 1st grade classrooms learned
about the importance of dental heath from Toothina the Tooth Fairy. Did
you know that when we lose a tooth she throws it into the sky and it becomes a star
with our very own name? The 1st graders enjoyed being able to
ask the Tooth Fairy questions.
Thanks to a grant from the District 279 Foundation, students
in 3rd grade were able to learn about animal communication with a
real naturalist from the MN Zoo. He taught us how animals communicate
using sound, smell, visual and body language. This was really fun because
our third graders worked really hard on their animal research projects.
He also had some real live animals to show us.
We are challenging the students at Zanewood to read 100,000 minutes during the month of February. Watch for more information is the Wednesday envelope on February 8th. You can encourage your childs reading by ~
Encourage you child to choose the books they want to read.
Share the books that you loved as a kid with your own child.
Start a Family Book Club and enjoy the same book together.
Visit the Book Fair with your child.
Encourage reading every day with library visits, storytime at home and conversations about books.