National Literacy Day: November 1st

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Nov 1, 2016 12:00:00 PM

stow-munroeFalls_img01.pngIf you can read this, thank a teacher! November 1st is National Literacy Day. Literacy is the ability to read and write fluently in a student's’ native language. The alphabet is fundamental to literacy. By looking at each letter of the alphabet you can discover new ways to celebrate and make it a meaningful day for your students.

Anwers to your questions can be found in books. Make your own book on Big Universe.

Bears and Books! Bring a teddy bear to school and read.

Curl up with a good book and READ!

Dogs love books, too! Look into a Dogs and Library program.

Everyone reads. Set aside time for everyone in your school to participate.

Finish this sentence…. If I could live anywhere, where would it be and why?

Good Books. Share your favorite books.

Heroes can be found in biographies.

Include families in your reading program.

Jump for joy and celebrate student successes.

Kids enjoy reading with their friends.

Librarians can help with your literacy projects.

Model reading behavior. You can show your love of reading by READING!

Nonfiction books can be a great read aloud.

Options for all students. Let students select books that interest them.

Pleasure reading. Give students daily "choice" time.

Quality literature. Encourage all types of reading from classics to award winning books.


Student success is determined by many factors. Filter books by reading level for success

Teachers make it possible! Write a thank you note to your favorite teacher.

Unique needs. Differentiation is a way to meet all your students’ reading needs.

Voice your opinion. Students can write to share their thoughts on various topics.

Writing is part of literacy. Let students write journal entries, poems, essays and stories.

X is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary as a verb meaning “to cross out a single letter of type.” X. X. in Victorian slang meant “double-excellent,” while X. X. X. described anything that was “treble excellent.” Learn the history of the alphabet.

Your students will love reading and writing with Big Universe.

Zest! Reading can be fun and rewarding. Dr. Seus stated, “ the more you read, the more you know.”

Here are some of recommend books found on Big Universe for this special occasion!

Screen Shot 2016-10-30 at 8.29.01 PM.png Virginia Shin Mui Loh Helen Foster James (author), Wilson Ong (illustrator)

ISBN: 9781627530118
Sleeping Bear Press

From the publisher, "In 1926, 12-year-old Fu Lee lives with his grandparents in a small village in China. He lives with his grandparents because his parents are dead. It is a difficult life but made easier by the love Lee shares with his grandparents. But now Lee must leave all that he knows. Before his parents died, they spent all of their money buying a "paper son slot" for Lee to go to America. Being a "paper son" means pretending to be the son of a family already in America. If he goes, he will have the chance for a better life. But first he must pass the test at Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco. Only then will he be allowed to live with his new family. If Lee makes even a single mistake, he could be sent back to China. Lee knows his grandparents want a better life for him. He can't let them down."

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Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen (author), Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627531436
Sleeping Bear Press

From the publisher, "Told in journal form and rendered in beautifully detailed artwork, the van Frankenhuyzens give a "day in the life" view as the fox Samantha begins her journey from injured kit to independent adult living on her own. Always respecting the boundaries between the wild and the human ways of life and based on years of work as licensed wildlife rehabilitators, Gijsbert and Robbyn recommend readers "do not try this at home." Saving Samantha is Gijsbert's fourteenth book with Sleeping Bear Press. He has also illustrated the best-selling The Legend of Sleeping Bear, The Legend of Leelanau, and most recently The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell. He and Robbyn live with their daughters in Bath, Michigan, on a 40-acre farm."

Enjoy National Literacy Day!  Share what your class did to celebrate in the comments below.

Topics: Literacy

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