Sunday, March 17, 2013

Reading Conference Rocks

I am proud to be part of an organization that brings the community together in a big way each spring.  The Reading Association sponsors the Catch the Reading Bug Community Reading Conference every year.  It has been so successful that we had to move to a bigger location this year.  Even with the bigger location, we were still packed.

Big Bang Boom, Dolly Dozier, Chad Cameron, Pete the Cat, Little Critter, Clifford, and the Teacher from the Black Lagoon helped us celebrate a day of literacy activities.

This year, our school decided to connect science with reading.  Participants followed directions to make Oobleck.  We wanted to address the Common Core Standard of reading informational text, by having children read a recipe.  With so many food allergies, we didn't want to have food.  The art teacher suggested making slime.  Our "Book Hook" was Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Our table was so popular that we ran out of glue.  We had to reduce our ingredients, but we gave the recipe to the participants so they can try it at home. We also gave them a list of children's books that inspire science activities.

The student volunteers were great. It was wonderful having so many helpers who didn't mind getting messy.  We all had green fingers by the end of the day.

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