Hello, library friends! I hope to see many of you at conference this week.
I'm using info from this reading study to advocate for the library in our district newsletter and wanted to share. I used evidence from this study to "pat our principal on the back" for instituting 45 minutes of SSR (silent sustained reading) per week for all grades 7-12 students and to point out the library's importance in all of this, and to explain how we'll be using some grant money to buy multiple copies of the most popular books and buy newly released books quickly based on student request. :-) I think most people understand how reading for pleasure would boost reading/vocabulary/spelling scores, but this study found it also improves math. I'm always looking for ways to show the library's relevance and importance, and I think this study does a lot to reinforce that idea.
"Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to new research from the Institute of Education (IOE). The IOE study, which is believed to be the first to examine the effect of reading for pleasure on cognitive development over time, found that children who read for pleasure made more progress in math, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read."
Celebrate Kansas Day at Kansas Museum of History
9 a.m. -
3 p.m. Tuesday, January 29. Explore the connection
between Kansas and the President of the United States with the special exhibit Hail to the Chief and see Bill Nicks
portray President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dennis Rogers will demonstrate the
American Indian flute and the traditional hoop dance. Hands-on standards based
activities will be available, and demonstrations of historic crafts and skills
will be presented. Admission is free. Kansas Museum of History is located at 6425 SW
6th Avenue, Topeka. Volunteers are needed to make the day a success.
school students are welcome. Contact Lois Herr at 785-272-8681, ext. 431, or
Kansas Day at Grinter Place
History comes to life
in Citizens of Our Cemetery: Women of the Mission, presented
at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 26. Written by Fairway
resident Don Carlton, the play examines the lives and responsibilities of women
at Shawnee Indian Mission in 1850. Admission is free. Grinter Place State Historic Site is
located at 1420 S 78th Street, Kansas City.
Kansas Day Celebration at
Shawnee Indian Mission -
comes to life in Citizens of Our Cemetery: Women of the Mission,
presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 26. Written by Fairway
resident and volunteer Don Carlton, the play examines the lives and
responsibilities of women at Shawnee Indian Mission in 1850. A reception will
be held after the performance. Admission is free. Shawnee Indian Mission
State Historic Site is located at 3403 W 53rd Street, Fairway.
Kansas Day Commemoration at
Kaw Mission: The Civil War in Morris County -
Join us 2
p.m. Saturday, January 26 for a viewing of the
Sunflower Journeys program Civil War in Kansas and hear local
historian Kenneth McClintock speak about the war in Morris County. Highlights
include the 8th Kansas Infantry, the 9th Kansas Cavalry, the Morris County
Rangers, and Dick Yeager, who led a group of Quantrill's Raiders into the
county. Kaw Mission State Historic
located at 500 N. Mission Street, Council Grove.
Bleeding Kansas Series at
Constitution Hall -
popular series returns in January with a different featured speaker each week.
Reenactors perform dramatic interpretations of the violent conflict over the
slavery issue in Kansas Territory 1854 through 1861. The program will be
presented 2 p.m. Sundays, January 27 and February
3, 10, 17, and 24. Constitution Hall State
Historic Site is
located at 319 Elmore, Lecompton.
Kansas Day Celebration at
Red Rocks -
Join us 2
- 4 p.m. Sunday, January 27 for Kansas Day bingo
hunt. Decorate cookies and help make a quilt. Refreshments provided. Activities
are free. The house will be open for tours at the regular admission fee. This event
is co-sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and Emporia State
University. Red Rocks State Historic
located at 927 Exchange Street, Emporia.
Kansas Day: Indian Homes of Kansas at Pawnee Indian Museum - Learn
about the variety of homes the Indians built in Kansas 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29. Admission is free. Pawnee Indian Museum
State Historic Site is located at 480 Pawnee Trail, near Republic.
A Piece of History: The
Lincoln Conspirator Gallows -Discover how science led to
proof that a crossbeam of the gallows
on which the conspirators were executed in 1865 is the only confirmed
piece of the gallows in existence. The crossbeam is in the collection of the
Kansas Museum of History. Barry Cauchon, author of the upcoming book Inside
the Walls: The Final Days of the Lincoln Conspirators, will present
his research and findings related to this rare piece of U.S. history 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday,
February 3 at the Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka.
Just for teachers - On Monday morning, February
4, Mr. Cauchon will share how he conducted his CSI-style research on the
crossbeam with middle and high school students through a live stream set up by
the Kansas State Department of Education. Watch for a special email on how your
class can participate in this program. The information will also be posted on
the KSDE and KSHS websites as soon as it is available.
largest online collection of primary sources documenting Kansas history. For
material about counties, click on the name of the county on the
Memory home page. All the
available items that have a connection to that county will appear, such as
photographs, maps, government records, and letters or diaries of people who
Traveling Resource Trunks Bring Kansas Social Studies Topics to
You! Created for teachers, youth group leaders, museums, libraries, and
other Kansans, trunks provide a unique and educational way to share the rich heritage of
Kansas with others. Four new trunks have recently been added.
Cowboys and Cattle Trails - seventh grade.
Learn about life on a cattle drive and the young men who survived hours in a
saddle and months on the dusty trail. Cowboy gear, folk songs, historic
photographs, maps, and recipes walk students through the life of a 19th century
Trading on the Santa Fe
fourth grade. Explore the Santa Fe Trail through reproduction samples of the
goods that traveled between the United States and Mexico in the 1800s. Furs,
wool fleeces, woven goods, and metal items are included.
The Life of a Civil War
seventh and eighth grades. Students learn about the Civil War as they read
primary sources and interpret history using high quality reproductions of a
uniform and a soldier's personal belongings. Historic photos and recipes
Uses of the Buffalo - second and seventh
grades. Learn how the lives of the Plains Indians revolved around the buffalo
and how their reliance on the animal extended beyond that of food. Examine
items such as a buffalo bladder, parfleche, scapula, and sinew and learn how
the Indians utilized each item.
Strengthen your connection
to Kansas history by becoming a member of the Kansas Historical
non-profit organization that supports the programs of the Kansas Historical
Society. Membership benefits include free admission to the Kansas Museum of
History and our 16 state historic sites, discounts in the Museum Store, and
subscriptions to two quarterly publications. Individual memberships start at
just $40 per year. Join today!
As teachers, we must take care what we tell parents about lexile measures. Lexiles seem like an easy answer when choosing reading material, but these measures are a quantitative measure only and do not take into account text complexity, content, themes, literary quality, or whether or not the material is appropriate for the maturity and values of the child.
Lexiles are sometimes valuable for choosing guided reading and for specific reading instruction. For individual leisure reading, students should have the freedom to choose what they enjoy. If they love reading, their fluency and comprehension will improve with practice, and they won’t practice if they hate books. The data in To Read or Not to Read (2007) says that more people can read but don’t than people who can’t read at all.
Stephen Krashen has made a career of studying reading research, and his conclusion is that it doesn’t matter what kids read as long as they do read. (Krashen. The Power of Reading. 2004)
A Complete Reader must be proficient in phonetics, fluency, comprehension, semantics, and syntax, yes, but the interest, attitude, motivation, and engagement must underlie the technicalities. (Mayne, 1915; cited in Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers by Steven Layne) “It should be the teacher’s aim to give every child a love of reading, a hunger for it that will stay with him through all the years of his life.”
Choosing books by lexile measures alone changes students’ priorities so the only thing that matters is the reading level. This cuts the soul right out of literacy and what it means to be a literate person.
If you have not participated in Read for the Record, you are welcome to join!
Please save the date for this year's Read for the Record event Oct 4. The goal of Read for the Record is to have the most number of students reading and/or listening to the same book on the same day. The intention is to gather as many students as possible for one sitting enjoying the story. Information is available @ http://www.jstart.org/campaigns/read-record. Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis is this year's book. If you have any time Oct 4 to read to your students, please record the number of children who participated.
If you wish to have copies, administrators, teachers, and librarians can order books or read the Spanish and English version online @