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Read, Read, Read & Never Give Up!

Author Dan Gutman talked with students via Skype.

Poplin Elementary School students celebrated reading in many different ways during the week of February 27 - March 2. This celebration was in honor of the anniversary of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd. School-wide events during this week were a Drop-Everything-and-Read on Friday, March 2, when everyone in the whole school read together at the same time. Also as students attended the Media Center during the week, they listened and read books by Dr. Seuss, made Truffula tree bookmarks for themselves and one to donate to the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, and made Chinese poetic leaf hats.

The poetic leaf hat project gave students a chance to reflect on how they can make the world a better place. After listening to The Lorax, students talked about natural resources and the impact on the environment when natural resources, like the Truffula trees in The Lorax, are cut down and destroyed. Students wrote inspirational quotes, favorite words, ideas to save the environment, and drew pictures on their leaf hats. One student, Emma McCord, a first grader in Michelle Ruby’s class wrote a very inspirational quote: “You miss 100 % of the shots you don’t take, they can because they think they can,” on her leaf hat. Students also learned how the Surui Indians in Brazil are using technology, such as Google Earth, to stop deforestation of rainforests.

Author Dan Gutman Skyped in and talked with students in grades 3, 4 and 5 on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Gutman is the author of the Weird School series and time-travel books about famous baseball players. “I wanted an author who would get students excited about reading. Dan Gutman was the perfect choice,” said Beth Medlin, Media Coordinator. Gutman shared how he writes a book from start to finish. He showed students how he writes ideas down on index cards and then puts the cards in order as he writes the story. Gutman also shared his rejection letters from when he tried to get his first book, Honus and Me, published. Over and over as Gutman shared a part of each rejection letter he asked students if he gave up and then said “I never give up!”

All week important lessons such as never giving up, doing your best, and thinking of others were discussed as Poplin Elementary School students celebrated reading and the anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

The daily themes for the week were based on a few of Dr. Seuss's books:
Monday, Feb. 27: Wear a shirt from a favorite place - from Oh, the Places You'll Go
Tuesday, Feb. 28: Wear red and white - from The Cat in the Hat
Wednesday, Feb. 29: Wear your wackiest attire! - from Wacky Wednesday
Thursday, Mar. 1: Wear a hat - from The Cat in the Hat
Friday, Mar. 2: Wear Poplin colors or Poplin spirit wear - Read Across Poplin Day

Written by: Beth Medlin, Media Coordinator
Posted: Feb 23, 2012 by Beth Medlin

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