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Old 03-28-2008, 05:14 PM

I'll try to be as brief as possible about our Family Literacy Nights. Our K-4 teachers sign up to read a book and do an activity to go along with that book. We usually have 8-10 teachers sign-up. Each teacher makes a poster "advertising" their book. We hang these in the cafeteria so students can see them and be thinking about the two stories they want to sign up for that night. I make a sign-up sheet showing the title of the book and the teacher reading the book . The sheet has 10 spaces for parents to sign up their children to go to that teacher's room to hear the story and do the activity. We only allow a certain number to sign up for each story because we want the teacher to know how many to plan for when preparing for an activity to go along with the story. Some teachers order craft items from Oriental Trade; some do movement activities; some art projects; etc.

When students arrive that night (accompanied by a parent/guardian) they meet in the cafeteria to sign up for their two book sessions. When we dismiss them, they go to their first session then we all meet back in the cafeteria for snacks (made by our home ec. dept.). We have a variety of levels of books spread out on the tables and each student gets to choose a free book. (We order 100 books for $100 from Scholastic.) After this 20-30 min. break, we dismiss the students to go to their second session. When the students finish with their second story/activity, they go home!
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