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November is the month we honor the Native American groups of this great nation. The Native Americans have added just as much to our history and growth as any other group. Check out the library where books about these groups are on display for check out. Choose an adventurous fiction book or learn something new in one of our expository texts. We also have several Native American folktales and legends.
First grade looked at two books this week, Indian Signals and Sign Language George Fronval and practiced some of the signs. We also discussed some of the features of an expository texts: table of contents, index, glossary, images and diagrams, detailed facts, etc. We also read Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith before watching a video of actual jingle dancers. Students were so excited that most of them got up to try jingle dancing themselves.
Check out this site to learn more about the Native American groups we celebrate this month: http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/
Fourth and fifth grade students enjoyed the engaging presentation Mr. Whitesides gave about his writing process and his new book. Students really enjoyed his drumming and Jack Sparrow impression. By the end of the presentation, students sought out his professional writing opinion for tips on how to improve their own writing. Many students wanted to know if we had copies of his book in the library to read themselves. We do have two copies in circulation, so come in to place a hold on the book.
Camille did an awesome job of introducing our speaker and was rewarded with a autographed poster. Several other students who were chosen to participate throughout the program were also given a poster which he later signed for them. For every student, he brought a color bookmark which the students were excited to receive.
For more information about Mr. Whitesides or his new book, check out his website at http://www.tylerwhitesides.com/#/home.
All students at Berkman are receiving a free book this week courtesy of the federal RIF (Reading is Fundamental) program. Students have been so excited to choose a book they get to keep at home. For more information about RIF and reading at home, please visit http://www.rif.org/ (scroll to the bottom of the page for additional resources).
On Friday afternoon, fourth and fifth grades are going to participate in an author visit.
"Tyler Whitesides has always loved telling stories. Growing up, he was even willing to do extra housework if his mom would type his stories on the computer. He must have spent a lot of time cleaning the house, because he wrote a whole book about janitors.
Mr. Whiteside enjoys cooking on the barbecue, spending time in the mountains, and vacuuming. He has worked as a music teacher, firework shooter, taste tester, and janitor. He lives in Logan, Utah, with his wife, Connie, who teaches 3rd grade.
We are excited to welcome Mr. Whiteside to our campus!