If you thought middle school students were too old for Dr. Seuss, you should have been in the media center Friday, March 2 as we celebrated Read Across America! We didn't need to dress up in tall red and white hats (although we have them hanging from the ceiling and Riley donned one for the morning news show). Seventh and eighth graders know to look for "specially marked" bookmarks for prizes selected just for them. This year, something called a "Locker Buddy" has brought "Ahhhh's..." from the girls and smiles from the guys, who are picking those over prizes from The Box. The Locker Buddies click to my doorway, cute and collectible.
Students have all month to win one by bringing in the winning bookmark (which we stamp, BTW) or making a perfect score on an easy Seuss Quiz. (Hint... It would help some of you to READ the objectives prior to the quiz. :-) ...)
Seuss Day was a busy one this year, but that's how we like it. We participated in Read Across America and Read The Most From Coast to Coast (Renaissance Place). It was cool to participate nationally by quizzing on The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to be Dr. Seuss. The quiz was different than the quiz in the RP database and emphasized reading comprehension over points earned. I plan to do the Read The Most event next year.
For those who would like to try the quiz, go to the Contest page on the menu of this website. Try it once. Try it twice! --G
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