Congratulations to our South Slope Team who won second place at the South Zone finals of the Battle of the Books on Tuesday, May 2nd! These grade 6/7 students were part of a lunch time club that has been meeting once a week since Spring Break. Students read as many of the 10 books as they could (some even read all 10!) and then we “battled” each week with trivia questions about the books. The team was made up of students who both wanted to go to the battle and who had read the most books. Ten schools participated in the South Zone finals at Taylor Park Elementary. They were asked forty tough questions and answered 27 correctly to place second! The winning school was Taylor Park with 31 correct answers- we weren’t far behind. Thank you to our PAC for purchasing books for this club. We can’t wait for next year!
It’s Literacy Week!
I Read Canadian Day
November 2nd is I Read Canadian Day! It has been officially proclaimed by the City of Burnaby and will be recognized throughout the country.
We will be reading Canadian books in the library and in our classrooms to celebrate. Students are also invited to check Canadian books out from the library this week and every week. There are so many to choose from!
DEAR and more in the library
October was a busy month! We were able to attend some virtual author presentations from the Vancouver Writer’s Festival in the library. Ashley Spires told us all about perserverance and her creative process. She also read us her new book The Most Magnificent Thing. Kenneth Oppell read from his new novel, Ghostlight, and shared some scary stories about Toronto.
In October we celebrated Drop Everything and Read Day and Canadian School Library Day on October 24th. We wore our pajamas and the whole school read after lunch! It was a great way to celebrate literacy in our community.
We also had some book tastings in the library with Division 3 and 4 this month. Students completed a five course genre menu and “tasted” a variety of books. They noticed how calm and focussed they were. They also noticed that they now want to try reading some new genres.
Divisions 1,2,13 and 14 wrote over 60 book reviews this month and posted them to the Destiny Catalogue. Check out reviews of books like Ender’s Game, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Song for a Whale and more on Destiny. Just click on the Reviews tab.
We enjoyed some great read alouds for Halloween this year.
But I think the favourite was Oliver Jeffers, There is a Ghost in this House. Reading joy! Boo!
Happy Halloween everybody! See you in November!
ASL Storytimes at BPL
Welcome back! I hope you all had a great summer. This summer I spent a lot of time in the garden and have lately been enjoying some of my delicious tomatoes!
Another highlight this summer was our family trip to Mexico. We watched baby sea turtles hatch on the beach and make their way to the ocean.
And then the next night during dinner, a mama sea turtle came up to the beach and laid 97 eggs! It was awe inspiriing. In the morning we found her tracks in the sand.
And, of course, I did a lot of reading. I found myself really enjoying mysteries this summer and some new graphic novels, too.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all next week and finding out what you did this summer. What was your favourite read? What wishes do you have for reading and the library this year? What do you want to learn? What do you wonder about? The library and I are here for you. Can’t wait to see what we discover together and the stories we tell.
Stop Motion animation
In April of 2022, divisions 3 and 4 began a project in the library that began with Earth Day. We asked the students to create stories about how to take care of the earth using stop motion animation. First we played with the app, Stop Motion Studio, and learned how to create stories using loose parts and stop motion. Then students created a story map with a partner around our Earth Day theme. Next students created their stop motion animation movie. After it was complete they imported it into iMovie and added some slides. Finally we watched all their movies and the students provided feedback to one another as well as doing their own self assessment. It was hard work, but fun! We hope you enjoy their movies.