Lace up your sneakers and team up with the District 279 Foundation and Kidstop for the Reading is Fun 5K Run/Walk. While everyone loves supporting a good cause, many families appreciate the health and social benefits of a run/walk as well. Funds raised will be donated to every media center in every school building to purchase learning resources. The media center is the place where all students have access to all learning resources. The 5K will take place on Saturday August 16 at Elm Creek Park Reserve. Take advantage of the early bird pricing and register today by clicking on this link.
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The Boy's Book Club has started a Blog to keep track of what they are reading and to encourage others to read. Check it out! http://kidblog.org/BoysBookClub-2/
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.
Today Ms. Moore's class created digital recordings of their Tyrannosaurs Rex research. The projects can be found under Audioboo in the Quick Links section on the left side of the page.
Our 1st and 2nd graders are doing an amazing job learning research skills and note taking. Watch for their finished projects coming home soon.
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 in Canada.
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.
The numbers have been crunched…..
The book fair made $1681.53 in free books for the library this spring. Combine that with the proceeds from our first fair and the students are enjoying $3327.04 in NEW BOOKS!!
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 ~