I just finished reading a book in the Hank the Cowdog series by John R. Erickson. In Hank the Cowdog, The Disappearance of Drover, Hank tells about the time when Drover, his best friend, was missing. This book is written from Hank’s point-of-view and that made me think about how fun it would be to write something from my dog’s point-of-view. Here is a picture of my dog for inspiration. Think of an adventure that she may have been having at the time this picture was taken. What clues do you see in this picture?
The summer provides a great opportunity for students to enjoy reading and to improve their reading skills. A November 2010 article in School Library Journal by Carole Fiore and Susan Roman explains the results of a three-year study on students who participated in the reading program at their local library. This study by the Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies showed that “kids who participate in these programs are 52 Lexile points ahead of their peers who do not.” Lexile is a measurement of reading ability or text complexity. A key part of the findings is that instead of experiencing summer learning loss, these students showed gains in reading. This report titled Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap is found at http://www.dom.edu/gslis/downloads/DOM_IMLS_finalReport.pdf.
The South Cobb Regional Library offers a summer reading program. For more information call (678) 398-5828 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/BranchSCobb.html. For more information on Lexile visit http://www.lexile.com/ and summer learning loss visit http://www.lexile.com/using-lexile/summer-reading/. By having your child participate in the public library’s summer reading program, you are helping him to be ready for school in August.
Bryant Intermediate’s website has a Google Calendar on the right. This calendar shows events for Bryant and CCSD. The drop-down arrow to the right of today’s date allows you to filter which calendar you would like to view. Click on the title of the event for more information. Click on the + at the bottom of the calendar to add it to your personal Google Calendar.
On March 29th, our news team toured the CNN Center. Our team is divided into groups and each group has a turn doing the morning news. They are an important part of our school’s culture. For the tour, students wore matching shirts with WBRY and learned about how the news is reported.
Bryant Intermediate participates in DEAR every morning from 8:00 – 8:15. DEAR stands for drop everything and read. Every Wednesday we have a visiting officer read to one of our classes. Bryant’s program was featured on COBBedTV. You may view the video at http://www.cobbk12.org/ or http://www.cobbk12.org/cobbedtv/index.aspx. Look for Bryant Readers.
Our large fall order of books has arrived! The books are on a resource list on our online catalog, Destiny. Destiny is a part of Cobb Virtual Library and may be accessed from home. The username and password for Cobb Virtual Library (http://cvl.cobbk12.org/) is available from school. The new books are on a Resource List named New Fall Books 2011. When you click on the cover of a book, you will see the Title Details. This includes the interest level and reading level. The Fountas and Pinnell level is given for many books. Fountas and Pinnell is the reading level used by teachers during guided reading. It is important that students read books that are appropriate to their reading level. The Advanced Search tab at the top allows you to limit your search to a given reading-level range. The cover of the book shows the status of the book with a green in or a red out.
StudyJams is a great resource for math and science. It is a free Scholastic site which has videos, karaoke, lessons, and self testing. The fun interface makes it inviting for students.
iRespond is a student response system used by teachers. Students answer using remotes and their answers are recorded. This information is available for reports and assessment.
CCSD Department of Instructional Technology has an iRespond Resources – Home Page. This is a great resource for information on iRespond .
Summer Loss is the lack of gain and loss of skills over the course of the summer due to students being out of school. It is very important to read over the summer to prevent Summer Loss. To read more about Summer Loss, please click here http://www.lexile.com/using-lexile/summer-reading/.
It is important that books at the appropriate reading level are chosen. The Lexile level provides a tool to help readers choose appropriate books. http://www.lexile.com/about-lexile/lexile-overview/ provides an explaination about Lexile levels. http://www.lexile.com/fab/ helps you find a book.
The theme for the summer reading program at the public library is One World, Many Stories. This theme also fits the mural at Bryant’s media center. On May 23, 2011, the Youth Service Librarians from South Cobb Regional Library visited the students at Bryant Intermediate and talked about the summer reading program. Here is the link for South Cobb Regional Library http://www.cobbcat.org/BranchSCobb.html .One of my favorite activities that they have is reading to Nemo. He is a certified listening dog. Registration is required and you may read for a 15 minute session.
I hope everyone participates in the summer reading program.