Over the summer the library catalogue was updated with an exciting new feature – the reading level values for the books in our collection. At OJCS we use Accelerated Reader as a way for students, teachers, and parents to track reading improvement and progress. By making our catalogue searchable with AR values, students will be able to challenge themselves when making book selections.
The OJCS Reading Challenge is in full swing and every class is doing an incredible job. Books are flying off the shelves in the library. I’ve never seen students so excited about reading and sharing about what they’ve been reading. Students have been posting book reviews on our catalogue and also sharing flipgrid videos. There has been a tangible shift in reading culture at the school and everyone is working hard to continuously motivate the kids. The kids are also working hard to motivate each other.
Each grade is reading books that are appropriate for their age and grade level, so of course, the older the kids, the bigger the books and the longer they take to finish. Here are our numbers so far…
Grade 8 – 26
Grade 7 – 68
Grade 6 – 72
Grade 5 – 56
Grade 4 – 330
Grade 3 – 945
Grade 2 – 261
Grade 1 – 397
K – 15+
These numbers are enough to bring tears of joy to a librarian’s heart. I need a tissue.
This month’s in-library book display is a chance for students to share their favourite books with other students.
Since The OJCS Reading Challenge kicked off the number of books read has increased exponentially! My desk is now constantly covered in returned books. More work for me but work I couldn’t be happier to be doing!
Here are a few of my favourite books and comments so far:
One of my favourite picture book artists right now is French artist Benjamin Chaud who worked with French author, Davide Cali, to create a hilarious series of books about excuses. The one I read with our grade 3 and 4 students is called I Didn’t Do My Homework Because…
After reading the book to students I set them to work creating their own silly excuses and doodles in just 10 minutes.
They then got the opportunity to share their excuses with the class, which they were all very excited to do.
They had so much fun with this activity and it was so easy to pull off. Their amazing excuses are on display in the hall downstairs. Make sure to check them out so you don’t get fooled when you hear them in class.
This week we launch our school-wide reading challenge!
Each teacher will decide on the number of books they want their class to aim to read from Nov 19th to May 1st as a group sum total. This number should be a challenge but still very much attainable.
There is a list of categories that will be handed out to help direct student choices across a wide range of genres. Each student (and teacher) will contribute to this class total, and when a book is finished, that student will post a brief book review on the school’s new library website (if the book was a library book.) https://theojcs.booksys.net/opac/ojcs/
The prize is an end-of-year pizza party where there is the optional component that students can come to school dressed as their favourite literary character. The second piece of this is that the students who meet or exceed reading from all of the categories will be recognized for their hard work and contribution to the class at an end-of-year assembly.