About Searingcott Shout-Outs

posted Jan 10, 2010, 12:47 PM by Karen Kliegman   [ updated Jan 11, 2010, 4:07 AM ]
Welcome to the Searingcott Awards 2010, an opportunity for some of our 4th and 5th grade students to share their love of reading with our 2nd grade students by giving a shout-out for their favorite picture books. For the past few years, 2nd graders have studied the Caldecott Award in the library in January, coinciding with the time of year the American Library Association announces the latest Caldecott winners. Each year, the second grade designs a new "Searingcott Medal" and selects books to win the award based on different criteria. For example, last year we decided to award a medal to an illustrator that never won a Caldecott.

This year we are experimenting with something completely new! We are going to try to take advantage of our Virtual Library environment by allowing fourth and fifth grade students to give a "shout-out" to their favorite picture book. We will do this for one week ~ the week of January 11 ~ and will allow Mrs. Alexander's class; Mr. Dugger's class; Mrs. Taliercio's class; Mrs. Redito's class; and Mrs. Livingston's class to add to our Shout-Out page during their research time in the lab. Besides giving a shout-out, students will take a very short survey in which they will nominate their favorite picture book. 

The top 4 books nominated will be examined and reviewed by the 2nd grade students.  Each 2nd grade class will be responsible for creating a review of 1 of the top 4 books. With help from Mrs. Kliegman, students will narrate their reviews on VoiceThread. Once reviews are posted, we will ask all of the 2nd graders to vote on the top 4 books to see who will win the Searingcott Gold Medal. Runners-up will receive a silver medal.

Time for you to give a shout-out to your favorite picture books from the Searingtown Library.  Think of a picture book you might have read or heard when you were in grades K-2. Which one was your favorite? Once you have figured it out, click on 'comments' below and give your shout-out. Use this format:

SO = Shout-out
DSO = Double shout-out! (Means you REALLY love it)

I'll get it started: