Tinkering in the Forest
Welcome to our Forest of Reading Inquiry Site
Created by Beth Lyons
Teacher-Librarian - Larkspur Public School
What is the Forest of Reading?
The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.
Goals of the Forest of Reading
- Love of reading: Create a meaningful experience for your readers and create exciting opportunities for reluctant readers to create lifelong readers.
- A proven head start: The results are in! Children who read for fun have higher literacy scores, have more success in science and math, and are more socially and civically engaged (Reading for Joy, P4E, 2011).
- Libraries at centre stage: With fun activities, prizes and more, the Forest of Reading puts libraries at the heart of the action!
- Reading Canadian: Help support and celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators by taking advantage of the Forest’s curated, all-Canadian reading lists for all ages and levels.
What will we be doing at Larkspur?
Grades 1-3: December to April
Kindergarten: May to June (non-voting)
An artifact has been placed along with the book into a paper bag. When the class receives the bag they can either examine the artifact first and make predictions about the story or choose to read the story first and examine the artifact after they are done reading. Depending on the class’ interest in the story and/or artifact can be used as a starting point for an inquiry and the class can develop their own artifact to add to the bag. As the bag moves from class to class more artifacts can be added which can help to inspire more inquiry. Classes can also visit this site to help spark further inquiry.
Silver Birch Express
Grade 4-5: December to April
Each book has been placed into a paper bag with a word that represents the theme or social justice issue connected to the book. When the class receives the bag they can either examine the word first and make predictions about the stories or choose to read the stories first and examine the word (topic, theme or social justice issue) after they are done reading. Depending on the class’ interest in the stories and/or topic, theme, social justice issues can be used as a starting point for an inquiry and the class choose to add artifacts to the bag to demonstrate their learning. As the bag moves from class to class more artifacts can be added which can help to inspire more inquiry.
Silver Birch Fiction Book Club
Grade 4-5: December to April
Two students per homeroom class
The Silver Birch Fiction set contains 10 novels and 3 full sets have been purchased. Mrs. Lyons will be speaking to each of the Grade 4 and 5 homeroom teachers about selecting 2 students who are interested and capable of reading independently at this level and would like to be part of a Silver Birch Book Club.
Mrs. Lyons will meet with the students in person and in a Google Classroom to discuss their reading progress, track the books they have read and participate in inquiry-style activities to extend their learning. Students will be given the opportunity to share their learning through the creation of a portfolio (Google Site) and other mediums of their choosing. Mrs. Lyons will provide anecdotal observations and feedback on the students’ participation to their teachers.
Le Prix Peuplier
Ms. White and Ms. Shyu have chosen 5 of the 10 picture books for use in their French classes.
They will be reading the books to students as a class and they will be used to help support the French units, for example they would reading Ma Famille while teaching them about the family, J'ai Perdu while teaching them about clothing, etc.