~ What's up with that?
Kingfisher is first and foremost, a reading school. We not only expect the kids to enjoy reading, we support the local library by visiting once a week so kids can renew or check out new books. We have a silent reading period in every day that includes the entire school—even little people.
Along with all this, we are beginning to ask more of the Owls and Falcons. We are asking them to expand their repertoires and read in areas that they do not normally choose. Everyone gets into a rut and some kids will read and re-read Wimpy Kid books (many funny cartoons) or Magic Tree House books (formula mysteries). Therefore, we want our bright kids to expand a little.
So assigned book reports will happen once a month, each time on a different genre of book—we have done fiction books and in January they are reading biographies. In March, we will try fantasy and in April, realistic fiction.
Each time, they are expected to write something about the book they read and present it to the group. Sometimes, we want them to “sell” the book to their friends and sometimes we just want them to tell what they liked and didn’t like about the book.
Debbie, Dwayne, and Shad will be reviewing their book choices in February to be sure they aren’t picking a book that is too easy or way too hard. With the biographies, we’ll want a written piece, a short presentation to the group and a prop that symbolizes the person they read about. Someone reading about Sally Ride might bring a small model rocket, for example. The secondary goal for the book reports is upgrading their writing—more descriptive language, better grammar, etc. So the report will receive two grades—spelling counts.