Monthly Archives: February 2012

Feb. 27 – Mar. 2, 2012 Read-a-Louds

This week is all about friendship and preventing bullying. Wednesday, Feb. 29th is Pink Shirt Day, when people will be wearing pink to support the message of “Bullying Stops Here!” To go along with anti-bullying week, all classes will be reading a story about friendship. The Kindergarteners will be reading The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf, a story about working together and accepting differences.

The primary classes will be reading One of Us by Peggy Moss. Roberta goes to her first day at a new school and tries to fit in with many different groups of children. 



Finally, the intermediate classes will be reading Bird Child by Nan Forler. This is a story about being a bystander and watching someone get bullied.

Feb. 20 – 24, 2012 Read-a-Louds

Continuing with the theme of Black History Month, and tolerance, all Primary classes with be reading Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs. In this story, an African-American little boy is teased about the colour of his skin and his hair. He feels like he doesn’t belong, and the other boys say rude things to him. But when he realizes that his skin colour is “like velvet fudge frosting” and his hair is like “cotton candy…soft to the touch”, he begins to accept his appearance.

Still looking at historical fiction, Ms. Hull’s class will be reading 2 books about African-Americans: Underground and We March, both by Shane W. Evans. Underground is about the infamous Underground Railway that helped many slaves escape to freedom, and We March is set in the 1960’s during the Civil Rights Movement in America. It is set during the time of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Listen and watch here.

February 2012 Library Happenings

So far this month, Ms. Lehnert has collaborated with Mme. Vicari, and Ms. Hull. Division 3 (Gr. 6/7 French Immersion) is continuing work on a Readers’ Theatre unit started at the end of January.

What is Readers’ Theatre?

  • a text that is performed orally and dramatically
  • a reading activity that brings characters to life through voices and gestures
  • can be in the form of a story, a poem, a scene from a play, or even song lyrics
  • uses very few (if any) props, as the main focus is on the oral presentation

What is the value of Readers’ Theatre?

  • it focuses on all of the Language Arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • it enhances development of communication skills such as: voice projection, intonation, inflection and pronunciation
  • it facilitates the development of critical and creative thinking as readers create different interpretations of the same story
  • it is a participatory event – the characters and the audience are engaged
  • it is informal and relaxed – does not require elaborate props, scenery, or costumes, and does not require students to memorize text
  • it stimulates the imagination and creation of visual images
  • it enhances the development of cooperative learning strategies – students work together in groups to discuss, write, and perform a script
  • it helps to develop a strong sense of self-confidence and self-assurance by working within and presenting within a group structure
  • it is a FUN way to learn the Language Arts curriculum!

Students in Division 3 will be performing scripts that have already been written, and will then move on to adapting a picture book story into a Readers’ Theatre script. The final project will be writing and performing an original script. So far, the students have been enjoying the unit and have had lots of fun performing pre-written scripts!

Ms. Hull’s grade 7 class is continuing genre studies this month. We are currently looking at the features of Historical Fiction. With February being Black History Month, it is the perfect time to look at the different types of Historical Fiction. We have read Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, a powerful true story of a slave who escaped to freedom in the late 1800’s.

Will will be discovering more history in the weeks to come, through picture books and novels.

Coming soon…Division 2 looks at Ancient Greece. Stay tuned!



Feb. 13 – 17, 2012 Read-A-Louds

This week we celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th.

The library schedule is back to normal. This week the Kindergarteners will be reading Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond. Grades 1 – 3 will be reading Snowy Valentine by David Petersen. Find out how David produced the beautiful images for the story here.

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month

During this month we recognize the contributions of African-Canadians and African-Americans to North American culture and history. There is a display in the library showcasing stories about African-Americans, or stories written by famous African-American authors. We have nonfiction biographies about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, President Barack Obama and famous athlete Michael Jordan. Stop by and see the collection.


Feb. 6 – 10, 2012 Library Happenings

This week the library is closed on Monday and Tuesday for testing. The regular library schedule will resume next week. All classes will be coming in for a 15 minute book exchange on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

Browse Inside The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling, Illustrated by Margo Apple

Browse Inside The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling, Illustrated by Margo Apple.

Ms. Lehnert’s Primary Language Arts Group will be starting a novel study on Thursday, February 9th. We will be reading The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. Click on the link above to preview the book.

Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2012 Library Happenings


Will Wiarton Willie see his shadow? If he does, it means we will have six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, we will have an early spring! Find out on February 2nd.

The library is still being used for testing, so all classes will visit the library for a quick book exchange on either Thursday or Friday this week.