Friday, February 4, 2011

International Week

Week 20

Guiding Question: Where is "home" for us? 

Creating their International Week hand
Since all students come to the library every week, it made sense for all 380 to complete their International Week hands during library classes. Each child designed a decoration with his or her name and country flag (or flags). Our youngest students used their country colors to decorate.

A grade 5 teacher reads to his students
While they worked, students in grades 1, 2, and 3 listened to me read two funny chapters from Cool Zone with Pain and the Great One, by Judy Blume. Grades 4 and 5 listened to their teacher read from their current class read-alouds (Top of the Order, Calvin Coconut, Poppy, No Talking). Listening to a story while working on their activity added some literacy to a crafty library session. It also improved students' ability to focus on their work and improved the quality of their coloring!
We used Flags of the World, by Sylvie Bednar, as a resource. This glossy-paged wonder gives each country's flag its due with information about the symbolism behind its colors and design. This book has circulated non-stop since it arrived in August.

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