Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LIteracy Night - September 24, 2013

Last year my little school held its first annual Literacy Night. Our PTA hosted a free supper and different teachers led sessions to help parents with their child's reading endeavors. This year our PTA once again provided supper while the teachers provided storytelling opportunities to our parents and students. Three of our teachers rode the hay wagons and told ghost stories. Other teachers dressed as scarecrows, cowgirls/cowboys or something appropriate for our country literacy night.

Meanwhile, my library was transformed into a pumpkin patch and I (Cowgirl Sara)  read fall stories to our students.

For our K- 2 students I read: Colors of Fall by Laura Purdie Salas. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown. Leaves by David Ezra Stein. I wanted to read Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White, illustrated by Megan Lloyd and Squirrel's Fall Search by Anita Loughrey and Daniel Howarth but I ran out of time. At least I can read them in my library classes next week.

For the 3 - 5 graders I read How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown and I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake by Lauren Tarshia. I'll have to finish it during the next couple classes.

The 6 - 8 graders began listening to Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. This book was chosen because our PTA was providing these students a free copy of Hatchet. In fact all of our students who came to literacy night received a free book provided by our school's PTA. The K- 2 students went home with Pumpkin Town by Katie McKy and illustrated by Pablo Bernasconi, while the 3 - 5 students were given Friday the Thirteenth From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler.


Literacy Night is tons of fun, but it's exhausting! This cowgirl is heading home to hang up her borrowed cowgirl hat and is hitting the hay! Got to get some rest for the kids tomorrow. Oh yeah, I have bus duty!

Keep Reading. I will after a quick six hour nap....


  1. Your literacy night sounds like so much fun! Great idea and love the book selections!
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. It was tons of fun, but I'm still tired. Left school last night about 9 and was back this morning for bus duty at 7:15. All in a days work.....


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