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Character Day Celebrated

Joe Pettler as Sloppy Joe

Students in all grades at Shiloh have been studying book characters in reading the entire month of October. Students began the unit of study by noting characteristics of characters in their reading. They have completed numerous activities involving characters throughout the month. Not only have they noticed what characters look like, but they have also learned how characters behave, what they do in a story, how their actions affect the other characters and the ending of the story, and how they change from the beginning to the end of the story.

In celebration of all the things students have learned about book characters, students and teachers showed others which book characters they liked best by participating in a “Parade of Characters” on Friday afternoon, October 30, 2010. This was the third annual event of its kind for Shiloh students. Observers could see “Charlotte” from Charlotte’s Web, “Sarah” and “Sam” from The Library Mouse: A World to Explore (a picture book with a global theme), “Fancy Nancy” from the books by the same name, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, The Gingerbread Boy, and “Blue” from I Got Two Dogs (one of the North Carolina Children’s Book Award selections for this year). And, those characters were just represented by teachers! Third grade teachers followed the same theme in their costumes, representing Pinkalicious, Purplicious, Goldilicious, and “Kendra”, one of the “girls in black” from those books. Doreen Cronin’s books were represented by teachers dressed as farmers, while other teachers took on the appearance of lady bugs, spiders, and mice from several books.

Students from each classroom were seated around the walking track on our playground as they watched their schoolmates from other grade levels walk to the lively march music of John Phillip Sousa. Students marched as “Sloppy Joe”, the Cat in the Hat, The Witch with a Twitch, the Very Grouchy Ladybug, “Nancy Drew”, Peak, “Jack” from the Magic Tree House books, “Cam Jansen”, “Bad Kitty”, “Clifford”, “Officer Buckle” (from Officer Buckle and Gloria), “Trixy” (from Knuffle Bunny), “the Hit Away Kid” (a book about baseball), several football players from various books by Matt Christopher and Mike Lupica, and a “mad scientist” from Debbie Dadey books. One student’s costume featured The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, from Harry Potter fame, were seen a couple of times around the track! Each student carried with them the book from which their character was taken, helping observers to recognize the characters and fully appreciate the diversity of characters in books.

Students and teachers alike were pleased with the activity, while administrators said it was a very worthwhile event. The entire staff and student body look forward to the fourth annual event next year!

Written by: Pam Cook
Posted: Nov 22, 2010 by Mr. Mark Greene

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