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Tuscany Heights ES Library Annual Report 2017-2018: 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.

Examples:

  • The Tuscany Library Hosted a 'Wild West' Book Fair in September and encouraged Tuscany students to read beyond our school walls.  Grandparents were invited to the book fair and families shared their passion for reading while supporting the school library.  In the spring, our book fair theme was "Full STEAM Ahead!".  A portion of our profits will benefit our campus STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) initiative.  
  • Students participated in a school-wide Read 3 Read-In sponsored by HEB.  The goal of our read-in was to spread awareness of children's literacy, encourage our students to read daily and to remind students that reading is fun.  Students read throughout the school and shared stories with their classmates and book buddies (see photo).
  • The library's One School, One Read program inspired students to read and illustrated how literature can inspire positive community relations. All students on our campus read Wonder and/or We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio.  Reading a common book inspired a kindness campaign on our campus, in our community and with schools from coast to coast.  Inspired by the novel, K-5th grade students and faculty members painted Kindness Rocks that will be displayed at the entrance of our school. Furthermore, everyone made a pledge to "Choose Kindness"  5th grade students participated in a book club with 6th grade students in Oregon.  They were able to discuss Wonder and exchange ideas SMARTamp technology.  
  • 3rd-5th grade students participated in TLA's Texas Bluebonnet Award Program.  Throughout the school year, students read books from the list of Bluebonnet nominees using their Bluebonnet Journals to keep track of completed titles.  All students made bluebonnet reading goals and tracked their progress in leadership notebooks to help them keep sight of their goals.  This year our campus chose The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier as the winning Bluebonnet title.  5th Graders competed in the 2nd annual Bluebonnet Book Bash, Jeopardy-style reading competition.
  • In April, to promote the reading of poetry, students and teachers were encouraged to study poetry and create original poems.  Students constructed colorful paper pockets in art class to prepare for Poem in My Pocket day.  At the end of the month, students stuffed their poetry pockets with original poems and selections from their favorite poets. They shared their poetry with classmates, buddies and anyone they encountered throughout the day.
  • 2nd Grade students competed in our 8th annual Fairy Tale Bowl while.3rd, 4th and 5th 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 18th, (4th grade), January 31st (5th  Grade Bluebonnet Bash) and June 1st (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:  Emma J. Viran and Nathan Hale shared their thoughts about the writing process and encouraged students to use personal talents when writing and drawing. Emma J. Viran's What this Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig was a 2016 Texas Library Association 2X2 title.  Nathan Hale is a Tuscany favorite, and his books inspire students to read and study history.
  • Bill Perryman, actor and founder of History in Person Theater, performed for Tuscany students in June.  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. 
  • To celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday students and faculty participated in Read around the School. Younger students paired up with their buddy classes and traveled 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 Quackers by Liz Wong.
  • Tuscany students participated in holiday reading challenges throughout the 2017-2018 school year. 

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