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Tuscany Heights ES Library Annual Report 2014-2015: Reading Promotion & Activities

Reading Promotion & Activities

Tuscany Heights strives to promote a love of reading.  This year, Tuscany students were encouraged to read through a variety of activities and programs:

In November, all Tuscany students have the opportunity to participate in Read Around the School.  Younger students pair up with their buddy classes and travel to different classrooms to hear a variety of stories read by teachers.

In the spring, kindergarten-2nd Grade students competed in a reading contest to promote the Texas Library Association's 2X2 reading list.  Class progress was charted on library bulletin boards.  

3rd-5th grade students participated in TLA's Texas Bluebonnet Award Program.  Throughout the school year, students read books from the list of Bluebonnent nominees using their Bluebonnet Journals to keep track of completed titles.  Readers were eligible to win prizes, vote in TLA's official Bluebonnet online election and participate in an end of the year Bluebonnet Breakfast sponsored by the library.

In April, to promote the reading of poetry, all Tuscany students and staff participated in Poem in Your Pocket Day.  The library made pockets for each student to wear, and teachers encouraged students to create original poems or select a favorite poem to share with buddy classes and anyone they met throughout the day. 

3rd and 4th Graders competed in NEISD's Battle of the Books, a voluntary reading incentive program.  Students read novels from a selected list of books throughout the school year.  On May 8th, (4th grade) and May 21st (3rd Grade) classroom teams participated in a school-wide battle where students earned points by answering questions about 'Battle Books".  The winning 4th grade team advanced to district competition.

Three authors/illustrators visited Tuscany Heights this year:  Nathan Hale, E.B. Lewis and Lisa Wheeler.  Students enjoyed meeting these famous authors and continue to check out their books. 

Bill Perryman, Sam Houston impersonator, visited with 4th grade students this May.  His visit inspired students to research famous Texans.

Tuscany Heights hosted two Scholastic Book Fairs this school year.  Book Fair is a great way to promote next year's Bluebonnet books inspire students to read a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles throughout the school year and in to the summer.

In the spring, the 5th grade book clubs began meeting in the library during lunch.  Students enjoyed discussing each novel, making crafts connected to each book's theme and having lunch with friends. 

Student and faculty enjoyed school-wide participation in Read for the Record.

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