First Grade has been learning about winter and enjoying our colder days at school.

We read many books about the season including, SNEEZY the SNOWMAN, THE MITTEN, and THE SNOWY DAY.

Did you know that THE SNOWY DAY by Ezra Jack Keats was the most checked out book EVER at the New York Public Library system?

It continues to be one of our favorites.

We made our own winter book about making a snowman and took it home to read to our families. Our book is titled, “The Snowy Day” by us!

In our pictures we are reading our book to our classmates. We will finish our winter unit next month and enjoy some hot cocoa with friends!

Stay warm!

Mrs. G and her Class

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“The best way to inspire a love of reading is to read something you love … even if it is difficult”—taken from Jonathan Auxier’s Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

As a school librarian, I couldn’t agree more emphatically, but it was truly something to behold when our upper grade students welcomed Mr. Auxier for our annual Author Day after having read his novel as part of their language arts classes.  Sweep is set in Victorian England and features exploited child chimney sweeps like Nan Sparrow, a twelve year-old orphan who is about to outgrow the dimensions of a typical chimney stack.  Students not only resonated with Mr. Auxier’s captivating presentation, including a book talk incorporating yo yo tricks, but he also silenced the audience with a moving solo that was instantly recognizable from the pages of his book.

The Q and A was rich with deep questions by students who had read closely and had many insightful observations, and I was proud of how our students had made their way through what was a very challenging book—nearly 400 pages in length, replete with advanced vocabulary with words like bespoke and obsolescence, in a context of the labor reform movement of the 1800s.  Not your typical reading fare for 4th through 8th graders.  But, I suspect that Mr. Auxier’s impact doesn’t end there.  We are left with the reminder “That’s how it works, doesn’t it?  We are saved by saving others.”

Deanna Barber, Librarian