Continue to spend your time practicing those packets of questions and reviewing or re-reading the books. That will be the best use of your time. I have submitted all FINAL questions. From now on, only study those FINAL packets. They are the best questions to learn. Even if you haven't read the books, have them study the questions. Now is the time to start re-reading books though. I'm sure you noticed there were many questions we didn't know.
We have a Reading Bowl site. The wonderful people at McEachern High School have agreed to host the competition again this year. It's a great site, and I'll be sending out information about its location soon.
This is the snack schedule for the remaining weeks:
Dec. 21 - Anand
Jan. 5 (Thursday for those who can come) - Dickerson
Jan. 11 - Boothman
Thanks for your continued support.
If you have any questions, please let Mrs. Kelley know. Check the media center blog for weekly updates for the Reading Bowl team.
Thank you to all the families who shopped our Bookaneer Book Fair. We had a very successful fair thanks to our wonderful volunteers who set up the fair, ran the cash registers, restocked and straightened the shelves, tore down the fair, cooked for the teacher preview and morning volunteers, and the students who helped with stations on the Family Night. We can't have a great fair without you. Thanks to Meredith Minano for coordinating the volunteer effort and being our support. We appreciate you all so much.
If you are wondering what we spend our Book Fair money on, it's used for purchasing books, equipment used in the classroom, online resources, supplies for our media program and keeping our media center up-to-date. Just know that Book Fairs benefit every student and teacher at Shallowford Falls. Thank you for your continued support of our Scholastic Book Fairs!
The debate over fiction and nonfiction is a battle between escapism and reality. Fictional stories immerse readers in vast worlds with intriguing characters, while nonfiction books expand readers’ horizons in the real world.
There is an ongoing debate over which is more useful for readers to consume.
In our world of literature, nonfiction is often considered more educational and useful than fiction. While nonfiction deals with the more pressing matters of the real world, fiction distracts readers with entertainment. Just the word escapism carries a negative connotation. If it weren’t for some extra vocabulary, reading a story might be the same as watching a movie.
Fiction is a reader’s lens to view the world through a different perspective. Experiencing a fictional character’s life produces empathy in a way that cold facts fail to achieve. A Canadian research group led by Keith Oatley found that reading literary fiction greatly increased readers’ abilities to assess emotions and social situations. In a world where EQ (emotional quotient) often trumps IQ, empathy is extremely important. It increases a reader’s sense of morality, often through the repeated use of poetic justice. By ending most stories with the villains defeated, fiction reinforces that justice should triumph. On the other hand, only reading about the real world can create a feeling that life is cruel, and nothing can change that fact. Fiction readers have a less rigid line of thinking, and are more adaptable and comfortable with uncertainty.
Especially in children, fiction stimulates imagination and creativity, which in my opinion are just as important as knowledge. Imagination inspires dreams, creates goals, and makes the world seem more beautiful. It transports readers away from the mundanity of life. Happiness and relaxation are good things.
Many people dismiss fiction because they think it provides no tangible benefit to the mind. They believe knowledge and facts are extracted from truth, not stories. But can’t we learn from stories too? Who would argue that 1984 didn’t teach us about the dangers of authoritarian governments? Or that To Kill A Mockingbird didn’t highlight racial tensions? My point is, fiction can educate the public with the same effectiveness as nonfiction, and sometimes in a more convincing manner.
Fiction should stay with readers throughout their entire lives. Don’t cast away the creativity of childhood as you transition into adulthood. Of course, nonfiction is equally important, and we all want a balance of dreams and reality. So read a little of both, however much longer one might take compared to the other. Collect information and insight, while cultivating creativity. Reap the best of both genres!
Our great media center mural painted by Scott McIntyre back in 2007 is a tribute to students who have attended Shallowford Falls. Students who were here then paid $20 to have their names hidden in the mural as a lasting gift to the school and to leave their name behind as a momento. We would like to offer that opportunity to any student who would like to have his or her name added to the mural. What a great gift to a graduating fifth grader! Just send in cash or a check (made out toShallowford Falls) to the media center using the form below showing us how you'd like the name to appear on the mural.
Would you like to recognize your child's birthday by donating a book to our media center? Fill out the form below and send in a check for $10. A few weeks before your child's birthday, we'll bring him/her to the media center to pick out a book from a selection of brand new books from a recent book order. We'll place a Birthday Book Club bookplate inside the front cover honoring your child on his/her birthday. Then, your child will be given the opportunity to present his/her new book to the media center on our local Fox5 Shallowford Falls morning broadcast. All proceeds will be used to purchase new books and materials for our media center. We appreciate all you do to support our program.