The Kindergarten class read the story of how Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge shared his memories and helped his elderly friend remember some of her own.
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge’s favorite person at the old people’s home next door is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she also has four names. When he overhears his parents lamenting how Miss Nancy has lost her memory, he decides to look for some to give her. With some help from his elderly neighbors, Wilson Gordon McDonald Partridge gathers a basket of memories for his dear friend, and in doing so, creates some that he will treasure in the future.
When kindergartners heard the different ways that the elderly characters define the word "memory" for Wilfred, they immediately made connections. As one child explained, "A memory is like a warm cozy blanket."
Today PJS grades 2 and 3 visited the computer lab during Windows to the World class and learned about a great organization that combines the joy of reading books with the power of helping others. For each book that a child reads online, a new book is donated to one of the organization's non-profit literacy partners.
Second and third graders were excited to see the range of titles available on the website. They logged in to the site with the user name: PJSReads, password:pjsreads. So far, they have collectively read 75 picture books and early readers! Please feel free to use the PJS login information or, if you prefer, create your own account.
For their first Unit of Inquiry, Grades 2/3 investigated the central idea: One human can impact the world. To deepen their exploration, we read many books, both fiction and nonfiction, to illustrate the many ways that one person can affect change.
Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston is the story of a young girl who loved books and people and wished to be a librarian. As an adult living in North Carolina in a community without a library, Miss Dorothy decides to start a bookmobile so that she can bring books to people in her community.
Grade 2/3 students were inspired by Miss Dorothy's perseverance and the way that her work as a librarian changed people's lives. Students decided to take action and create their own version of a bookmobile with the intention of collecting books for a local preschool library.
After the students showed such enthusiasm for Miss Dorothy's Bookmobile, we read Biblioburro: A true story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter. With the help of two donkeys- Alfa and Beto- Luis travels to faraway villages to bring books and reading to children of Colombia.
The video below shows Luis Soriano and his biblioburro in action.