Mrs. Newman presented her book Jingle the Brass to our youngest. Students learned about railroading lingo and how steam engines and railroads worked in the past. Students lined up to become different parts of a train on the tracks to show how on coming trains pass on the tracks. The two trains of students acted out how to avoid having a "cornfield meet."
Our third and fourth grade students learned about aircraft carriers through Mrs. Newman's book Nugget on the Flight Deck. Students learned about life on a flight deck. They had the opportunity to act out the different jobs on deck: purple shirts, blue shirts, green shirts, yellow shirts, red shirts, brown shirts, and white shirts, everyone has a job. This book "catapulted" students into the life and lingo on a carrier.
Fifth and sixth students were taught about our environmental impact on the ocean. Through her newest book Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Mrs. Newman taught the students about the effects plastic has on ocean environments. She took the students through an experiment that showed the impact humans have on oceans. Students had the opportunity to participate in the experiment by taking away from the ocean habitat or adding hazards to a simulated ocean environment.
The days Mrs. Newman spent in Selma were filled with learning opportunities for students, parents, and teachers. What a terrific literacy event!
Before Mrs. Newman presented we had the WOW or the Without Walls Library sign students and parents up for Fresno County Public Library cards. They were able to sign up and hand out 45 new library cards at this event. We want to give a big thank you to Mark Berner and Joanna Chase for coming to Terry school. Please visit the WOW! Mobil Library blog to see their write-up about the event.
Mrs. Newman spent the evening with parents, students, and teachers at Terry Elementary School. We had dinner with the author and she signed books for students. After dinner Patricia presented on what it is like being an author, the writing process, and answered parent questions. This was a terrific family literacy night where everyone learned something about reading and writing.