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    Book Buffets

    Students will explore different book genres and topics. A timer is set. Students begin reading the book at their spot. When the timer goes off, they will move to the next spot and read through that book until the timer sounds. This will give students an introduction to various genres, reading materials, and topics they might be interested in. https://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/Book-Buffet.shtml
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    Coffee Talks

    Once a month parents are invited to attend the library to learn about literacy including, but not limited to:
    - phonological awareness
    - sight word practice
    - reading strategies
    - types of reading
    - digital reading
    - reading tools
    - writing process
    - writing strategies
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    Kids Read 2 Kids

    Introduction to multiple literacy forms. Kids Read 2 Kids stresses the importance of kids reading to one another even if their abilities are challenged. Build confident readers, by introducing online reading sites, various forms of resources, genres through book buffets, etc. https://kidsread2kids.com/
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    The Learning Circle

    Sept. 30th is Orange Shirt Day. It will act as an introduction to October when students will learn about the Indigenous people of Canada. The focus is on Storytelling. Oral storytelling is the primary form used to share information. The Learning Circle resources for each grade will help to understand the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit cultures. Unit 1: Storytelling https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1316530132377/1535460393645#un1 Treaties: https://www.ontario.ca/page/treaties
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    Book It! Pizza Hut

    BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition, and pizza. The program is simple, flexible, fun and free to use in your classroom! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches more than 14 million students and 37,000 K-6 grade schools annually. https://www.bookitprogram.com/
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    Children's Book Week
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    Children's Book Week

    Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! https://everychildareader.net/cbw/
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    Scholastic Book Fair

    The school community can buy books at a better price than bookstores. http://www.scholastic.ca/bookfairs/
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    Presentation

    Author, ventriloquist, puppeteer, drama group presentation. To be booked in advance for appropriate grade levels: K-2, 3-6, 7-8.
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    Book Challenge, Multicultural Children's Book Day
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    Diversity Book Challenge K-2

    Students are returning from the Winter Break. To get them revved up for the new term, a book challenge is an excellent motivator! Providing readers, articles, passages, poems, etc. students will learn from all cultures ending off the challenge with Multicultural Children's Book Day on Jan. 29th! https://www.readbrightly.com/january-reading-challenge-for-kids/
  • Multicultural Children's Book Day

    Multicultural Children's Book Day
    Our mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries. The MCBD on and offline event occurs the last Friday of January. https://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/
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    Black History Month

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    Dr. Seuss' Birthday, Lorax Project Book Day
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    Battle of the Books Preparation

    During the week, students will meet with the TL to review and practice re-read, practice questions, and discuss characters, plots, events, etc. in the selected books.
  • Dr. Seuss' Birthday!

    Dr. Seuss' Birthday!
    Get involved! Dr. Seuss’s Birthday is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2 — Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate our printable guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people. https://www.seussville.com/educators/dr-seuss-birthday/
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    The Lorax Project

    Lorax Project Student Earth Day. This annual event encourages educators and students to celebrate the Lorax’s message and act on their own pledges to beautify and conserve their school environment and beyond. https://www.seussville.com/educators/the-lorax-project/
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    Planning Session
    Children's Book Week, Get Caught Reading Challenge, Indigenous History Month
  • The Lorax Project Earth Day

    The Lorax Project Earth Day
    A culmination and celebration of The Lorax Project activities completed throughout the month!
  • Battle of the Books

    Battle of the Books
    The Battle of the Books is a fabulous partnership between public libraries and schools in Durham Region. If you want to motivate and challenge students who enjoy reading, form a team, and compete against some of the fiercest reading warriors in town. Every April, the Battle of the Books teams from each school meet for the Semi-Battle competition. https://www.bookbattle.ca/index.html
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    Audiobook Sync

    Introduction to Audiobook Sync for grades 7-8. SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 30th and continuing 13 weeks until July 29, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week. https://www.audiobooksync.com/
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    Get Caught Reading Week!

    Promotion of reading activities throughout the month. Photo Challenge (where is the strangest, most comfy or interesting place you may get caught reading?), Scavenger Hunts, Book Buddies, Guess That Book (clues given over the announcements and students can guess to win a prize). http://www.getcaughtreading.org/
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    Screen-Free Week

    Screen-Free Week is an annual invitation to play, explore, and rediscover the joys of life beyond ad-supported screens. During the first week of May, thousands of families, schools, and communities around the world will put down their entertainment screens for seven days of fun, connection, and discovery. https://www.screenfree.org/
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    Children's Book Week

    Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! https://bookweek.ca/
    https://everychildareader.net/cbw/
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    Pride

    Introduce, read, watch, share resources about traditional and non-traditional gender roles, diverse families, and acceptance. Worm Loves Worm: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT447012&R=EVT447012 Reading With Pride: https://kids.tpl.ca/readingwithpride
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    National Indigenous History Month

    Students will focus on Water is LIfe STEM activities. They will learn the connection between the First Nations people and water, the environment, and their culture. National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) http://www.edugains.ca/resourcesCurrImpl/Elementary/FNMI/Gr3_PeopleandEnvironments_LivingandWorkinginOntario.pdf https://wateruseitwisely.com/six-activities-to-teach-kids-about-water/
  • Forest of Reading Festival

    Forest of Reading Festival
    The Festival is Canada’s largest literary event for young readers and is continuing to grow. https://forestofreadingfestival.ca/