Meridiana Elementary held their first annual "Rock Your School" event on Friday, September 20th. The event began with an exhilarating kick-off that featured competitive games as well as a spirit competition. Throughout the day, teachers engaged their learners with activities that included breakout boxes to discover literary elements, solving a mission by writing a superhero summary, working on science problems to rescue a princess, pirates counting numbers by walking the plank, a pirate treasure hunt for library resources, and much more! Event organizer Courtney Breitenbach attended the summer conference "Get Your Teach On" were she learned about the "Rock Your School" initiative. The goal is to create an outside the box learning experience so every student gets excited about learning! Our Meridiana staff and students had a truly engaging and exciting day rocking our school.
Meridiana Elementary began the school year with a way to introduce new books to the community and build their library collection. Based on an idea shared by Sharon McClintock Miller on her blog The Library Voice,* classrooms are “book’d” with a canvas bag containing a new book to share with their students. Teachers read the book and lead a discussion/activity with their students. After finishing the book, the teacher then “books” another classroom so they too can enjoy the book. For the program, books were chosen that appeal to two different classroom room grade ranges, PK through 1st and 2nd through 5th. Six different books were chosen for each grade range to be shared. Once the classrooms have read and enjoyed the books, the titles will be added to the Meridiana Elementary library collection so that both present and future students can enjoy them. It’s a great day when you come to your classroom door and see that “You’ve Been Book’d.”