Why is reading aloud important?
Does your school have some favourite read alouds to share? Send us a list or some book cover photos and we will post them here!
MPSD Favourite Read Aloud books:
Mr. Cole recommends….
Learn more about the importance of reading aloud or sign up for the 21 day read aloud challenge here: http://readaloud.org/#
Follow the challenge on Twitter to see what others are reading #21DayReadAloud
Here are some fabulous cooking activities from Better Together BC to try this spring!
Hands-On Cook-off Contest (April/May)
OWL Kids has some new ways to share stories that you might like to try.
Playlist of Animal Stories (Videos):
Listen to Chirp Stories: Audio
Create your own stories with puppets! (Click on the image.)
Chirp Blog (ages 3-6)
ChickaDEE Blog (ages 6-9)
OWL Blog (ages 9-13)
The Mission Spring/Summer 2019 Leisure Guide has been published!
There are lots of opportunities to be active over spring break. Click here to read the guide and find times for swimming, skating and more!
Go Noodle is a great website for encouraging fun physical activity at home or in the classroom. They create videos full of fun movement games and dances. Check out these sample videos and get moving!
David Suzuki turned 80 in March!
- Read about his accomplishments and contributions to Canada:
David Suzuki – The Canadian Encyclopedia (English)
David Suzuki – The Canadian Encyclopedia (French)
2. Explore The Nature of Things Jr. on CBC’s website
Featured image: Courtesy of Sturla Gunnarsson
Did you spot any sea life over spring break?
Here is a link to an interesting article about what sea life is like along the Pacific coast in the spring.
Pacific Underwater Calendar: Spring is in the air and the water.
What you can do to help protect sea life (from the David Suzuki Foundation):
- Monitor marine mammal populations with a digital app, such as Whale mAPP.
Want to learn about the ocean all year round? Visit the Pacific Underwater Calendar!
Featured Image: Credit to L. Lane, Parksville, BC for this great shot of sea lions with very full bellies after feasting on migrating herring!
A message from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF):
“The 10th annual Earth Hour takes place at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Six continents, over 170 countries, and 24 time zones will be united as a global community, making our voices heard through individual action.
Turn off as much power as you can and focus on your commitment to climate action for the rest of this year.”
Earth Hour Activities:
Read a book by flashlight! How about “Franklin in the Dark”? Visit your school library to borrow a great book to read for Earth Hour.
March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Check out some of these great resources and borrow your favourite Dr. Seuss book from the school library!
The Lorax Project
Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That
“On February 24, 2016 Lit World encourages children, parents, teachers, other educators, and librarians to read aloud. Lit World’s World Read Aloud Day (#WRAD16) champions the importance of telling stories no matter where one is around the globe.”
Watch and listen to Karma Wilson read aloud from her book “Bear Snores On”.
You can find more stories to watch and read along with on the World Read Aloud Day website.
Mark your calendar: Pink Shirt Day is on February 24th.
Wear something pink to show that we are all working together to erase bullying in our community. What better time of year to connect with models of kindness like Auggie (Wonder, by R.J. Palacio).
Check out these resources and book trailers to get inspired and spread the message for kindness all year round.
Class Resources: Pledge to “Choose Kind”
Pink Shirt Day additional resources:
Kids Help Phone