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Latinx Read In

On Friday, Crocker participated in the Latinx Read In, a citywide celebration of Latin American authors and illustrators. Every class listened to a story from a Latin American culture.

Some of the stories readers shared were:

What Can You Do with a Rebozo and What Can you Do with a Paleta by Carmen Tofolla
Tito Puente: Mambo King by Monica Brown
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh
Danza! Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México by Duncan Tonatiuh
Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book by Yuyi Morales
Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh

Some of the stories readers shared were:

Thanks to all of our volunteer readers who made the experience extra special for the kids: Mario Carrasco, Sofia Luis, Karin Cooke, Tessa Beverley, Veronica Valenzuela, Lalo Cabrera, Laura McDonald, Eve Garadis, Lauren Scriven, Xochtil Gavidia, Jeff Gomez, Cesar Tarango, Maria Brennan, and Pamela Erickson, Robert Graham, and Joci Kelleher.

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Keep Typing!

This year, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are using Typing Club to learn and practice keyboarding and we’re off to a great start!

If you’re using Typing Club at home, make sure to go to the Crocker Typing Club portal: https://crocker-highlands.typingclub.com

Everyone has signed on to Typing Club at school and should know their user name and password. Ideally, kids will practice for an hour per week at home for 10 to 20 minutes per session. Eyes on the screen, not the keyboard and fingers on the home row! If eyes or fingers are tired, it’s a good time to take a break.

If there are opportunities to type at home — type a letter or email to a friend or family member, write a story, type a shopping list, do homework — this is also great keyboarding practice and it’s fun to use our new skill in everyday activities. Keep typing!

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Pineapples, Pugs, and Pikachus!

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Our fourth and fifth graders recently made corner bookmarks with a little help from YouTube and Red Ted Art. The kids worked in pairs to choose a bookmark design, watch an instructional video, then use paper, glue, scissors, and pens to create the bookmarks. Some of the designs were tricky to make, but we figured things out together. The project was good practice working with a partner, following complex directions, making mistakes and adjusting course, and using technology as a creative tool and problem solver. Many of the kids have made more bookmarks and even created their own designs. This is a fun project to share with a friend or try with your family. Give it a try!

 

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It’s Time for the Book Swap!!!

Our annual book swap is after school on Friday, September 15 in the multipurpose room (MPR).

How does it work?

  • Round up your gently used books – children’s books (all ages). NO sticker books, activity/coloring books, or magazines.
  • Drop off your gently used books from 8:15-8:45 am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9/12-15 on the playground. Look for the book drop table.  If you can, bring books in bags or boxes you can leave with us.
  • Come to the MPR on Friday after school to pick out a few “new” books.

All Crocker kids can take home at least one book.  Students who contribute books to the swap can select more (e.g, give 5, take 5).

The book swap works best when we all contribute a few good books. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to give a little and get something wonderful back – books, friends, and fun!

This year, we’ll be donating leftover books to other OUSD elementary schools.

We need a few volunteers to make the book swap happen. It’s a great way to meet new people and get a sneak peak at all of the books. Click here to sign up! 

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Authors of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up Visit Crocker This Week

This Friday, April 28 authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi will be visiting our 4th and 5th graders to talk about their new book Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. Their book tells the story of Oakland native Fred Korematsu’s life and fight against the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II .

If you’re interested in buying a copy of the book, you can get it in person or online from local bookstore Mrs. Dalloways who helped us arrange the visit. If you order online, use the coupon code FredCH for a 20% discount, click “I will pick up in store”, and enter your student’s name in the comments. You won’t actually have to pick the book up, they’ll be delivered to school on Friday. We’ll also have a limited number of copies available for $16 on Friday.

For more information about Mr. Korematsu, read the book or visit the Korematsu Institute website.

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Audiobooks and Ebooks

We’re still working on the #readingwithoutwalls challenge. One of the elements of the challenge is to read a book in a format that you don’t typically read, including audiobooks and ebooks. This month, we’re talking about the difference between audiobooks and ebooks and test driving them at school. It sounds like quite a few kids have experience buying ebooks or audiobooks through Amazon, Audible, or itunes.

Another option is to check out audio and ebooks from the Oakland Public Library (OPL). OPL has a great selection of audiobooks and ebooks for adults and kids available for free! You can find all of the details on the OPL website. You’ll need to install an app on your device and have an Oakland Public Library card. Depending on the service you use, you may also need a PIN number which is typically the last 4 numbers in your phone number.

As much as I love reading an old fashioned print book, I love the convenience of downloading an ebook or audiobook and having access to them wherever I go. My whole family listens to audiobooks when we travel, drive to practice, wait for a doctor’s appointment or wait in line at a ball game — any time we have a few spare minutes. If you or your kids are using a phone, tablet, or computer at home, give ebooks and audiobooks a try.

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Reading Without Walls

This month, Crocker is participating in a reading challenge called Reading Without Walls. The challenge is a project of Gene Leun Yang, a Bay Area author/illustrator and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Here’s how the challenge works, participants:

  • Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.
  • Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
  • Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, graphic novel, an audio book, a book in verse, an ebook, or a picture book.

Who should participate? Kids and grownups – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, teachers, even babies! Share our reading challenge with your friends and families.

Do we have to keep track of anything? Nope. Just read.

Do we win anything? No prizes, just smarter, happier readers.

Can we read with a friend or family member? Of course.

What do we do now?

  1. Read something!
  2. Take a picture of yourself with one of the books you read. Send it to or share with lisa.hobbs@ousd.org or bring a print into the library. We’ll post pictures on our wall in the library. Kids, families, friends — all pictures are welcome. If you post your picture online, include #readingwithoutwalls.

Not sure what to read? This month we’ll have recommendations from Crocker kids and community members. Here are a few resources to get started.

PARENT GUIDE to Reading to Build Empathy

NPR’s Book Concierge

Mighty Girl Books – Not just for girls

Cooperative Children’s Book Center – Books Lists for Elementary Age

Barnes and Noble BNKids Blog

Commonsense Media Books that Teach Empathy

13 Books to Start Conversations About Empathy

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Puzzle Week Was Awesome – Again!

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2016 Book Swap News

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Our annual book swap is after school on Friday, September 23 in the multipurpose room (MPR).

How does it work?

  • Round up your gently used books – children’s books (all ages). NO sticker books, activity/coloring books, or magazines.
  • Drop off your gently used books from 8:15-8:45am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9/20-23 on the playground. Look for the book drop table.  If you can, bring books in bags or boxes you can leave with us.
  • Come to the MPR on Friday after school to pick out a few “new” books.

All Crocker kids can take home at least one book.  Students who contribute books to the swap can select more (e.g, give 5, take 5).

The book swap works best when we all contribute a few good books. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to give a little and get a lot back – great books and tons of fun!

This year, we’ll be donating leftover books to other OUSD elementary schools and the East Bay Children’s Book Project.

Click here to sign up to help with the book swap:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0949AAA623A02-2016 

See you there!

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The Book Swap is Coming!

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Our annual book swap is after school on Friday, October 23 in the multipurpose room.

How does it work?

  • Round up your gently used books – children’s books (all ages) and books for adults. NO sticker books, coloring books, or magazines.
  • Drop off your gently used books from 8:15-8:40am Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10/21-23 on the playground. Look for the book drop table.  If you can, bring books in bags or boxes you can leave with us.
  • Come to the MPR on Friday after school to pick out a few “new” books.

All Crocker kids can take home at least one book.  Students who contribute books to the swap can select more (e.g, give 5, take 5).

The book swap works best when we all contribute a few good books. It’s a great opportunity for our kids to give a little and get a lot back – great books and tons of fun!

This year, we’ll be donating leftover books to Grass Valley Elementary and the East Bay Children’s Book Project.

See you there!

 

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