Our first, four-week long theme of the year is "Books" and, like each first theme of each year, has as one of its functions to promote community building. This will be achieved by "back-roomers" assisting "front-roomers" in making their classroom Friends and Family Book, by having "front-roomers" share with “back-roomers" their newly acquired book-making skills, by students showing and telling about their favorite books, and through book exchange parties. Students will learn about codexes, scrolls, clay tablets and printing.
On September 3, the school hosts local author Adrian Fogelin, who will give a short presentation to K-2 students and hold writing workshops for back-room (3-5) and middle-school students. On Friday, September 13, families will be invited to join the children for lunch between 12:30 and 1:00 pm, and attend an end-of-theme Publishing Party, during which students will display and answer questions about the box of books they will have created during the theme, from 1:00 to 1:30 pm.
The Books theme addresses Language Arts Core Curriculum standards such as:
- participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g. explore a number of books) by a favorite author and express opinions about them, or read a number of "how to" books on a given topic and use them to write a series of instructions).
- explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide range of text types, and
- compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g. in books from a series).
It also addresses Next Generation Sunshine State Standards including using media, technology, and other resources to inspire personal art-making decisions.