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Tuscany Heights ES Library Annual Report 2015-2016: Reading Promotion & Activities

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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.

Examples:

  • This year, the library borders were expanded.   Transforming an unused area under the stairs, the library created a  "Library Without Borders Reading Nook".  This special reading corner, complete with furniture and fully stocked book cases,  is used for individual reading, classroom stories, peer tutoring, a special friends reading club and much more.  The entire school has benefited from this library expansion.
  • 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.  This year, 4th grade students kept track of their reading by recording their thoughts in a digital format.  All students made bluebonnet reading goals and tracked their progress in leadership notebooks to help them keep sight of their goals.
  • 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.  Teachers competed in a Limerick writing contest. Winners received book fair gift certificates.
  • 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 13th, (4th grade) and May 31st (3rd Grade) classroom teams participated in a school-wide battle where students earned points by answering questions about 'Battle Books".  The wining 4th grade team advanced to district competition.
  • Two authors/illustrators visited Tuscany Heights this year:  Kimberly Willis Holt and Jeff Mack.  Kimberly Willis Holt shared her thoughts about the writing process and encouraged students to use personal experiences when writing.  Jeff Mack shared his humorous stories and even taught students to draw. Our students enjoyed meeting these famous authors and continue to check out their books. 
  • Bill Perryman, actor and founder of History in Person Theater, performed for Tuscany students in May.  His portrayal of Sam Houston and Abraham Lincoln inspired Tuscany's 4th and 5th graders to explore the biography and history collections of the Tuscany Library. 
  • 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.  The fall book fair funded Tuscany's Library Without Borders, a reading nook used for reading enjoyment.
  • To celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday students and faculty participated 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.
  • Student and faculty enjoyed school-wide participation in Read for the Record.  The entire school read Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett. 

 

 

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Author Jeff Mack wears his Tuscany shirt on a weekend visit to Enchanted Rock.

Students share poems during Tuscany's annual Poem in Your Pocket celebration.

Relaxing in the new "Library without Borders Reading Nook"

Celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday with Read around the School!

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