Gotta keep reading and reading and reading……

<a href=”http://tiny.cc/f6ze9″>Ocoee Middle School,</a> located in Ocoee, Florida, is celebrating reading in a whole new way.The school hired a professional singer to write and sing lyrics relating to reading and literacy. The concept of the song is to encourage kids to prepare and read for the FCAT test. <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6D9jiEYxzs&feature=player_embedded#at=293″>The video features children of all different backgrounds singing and dancing along to the song.</a>
<a href=”http://blog.learningtoday.com/blog/bid/26136/This-book-s-gonna-be-a-good-book-Reading-Inspired-Video”>If you would like to read the lyrics and join in the song, click on this link.</a>

I found this youtube clip this week and showed it to my year 5 students. When it started off, they were all cynical and scathing about this being “a bit random” etc. By the time the clip got going, they were all wriggling in their seats and joining in singing the chorus. Click on the link and see how much fun this is and what a fabulous way it is of promoting the important message about the need to read! We LOVED it – hope you do too.

Ocoee Middle School, located in Ocoee, Florida, is celebrating reading in a whole new way.The school hired a professional singer to write and sing lyrics relating to reading and literacy. The concept of the song is to encourage kids to prepare and read for the FCAT test. The video features children of all different backgrounds singing and dancing along to the song.

If you would like to read the lyrics and join in the song, click on this link.

Celebrating Literacy at Hawkesdale!

This week is National Literacy and Numeracy Week, so we celebrated with a whole-school activity which involved our favourite books. All of the students from prep to year 12 (about 240 in total) were split into small groups of no more than ten, with a teacher supervising shared reading. It was delightful to see Year 10, 11 and 12 students listening patiently while prep, grade 1 and 2 students read their favourite stories. “Where’s Wally?”, the “Mr Men” series and Dr Suess were very popular choices, as were picture books with animals and car, motorcycle and truck magazines!

Following shared reading each student recieved a fresh baked chocolate-chip, banana or blueberry muffin.