We are so excited that Bridget Heos will be visiting our Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students on Thursday, October 26! Mrs. Heos is the author of the incredibly popular Armadillo Reader's Choice Award winning book, Mustache Baby. In addition to the sequel, Mustache Baby Meets his Match, Mrs. Heos has written many other fiction and nonfiction books. Autographed book forms are going home today (Friday, Oct 6). If you would like to purchase a book for Mrs. Heos to autograph during her visit, please return the form by next Friday, October 13. We have been reading Mustache Baby with some classes in the library and examples of the books are on display. If your form has been misplaced, or if you are in another and would like to purchase an autographed book, you can download the form here:
Are you having trouble logging in to your MackinVia eBooks account? We have changed our login format to align with district specifications. The User ID and Password will now both be just the student's ID (without the "s"):
User ID: Student ID number (no "s")
Password: Student ID number (no "s")
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Round Rock ISD libraries initiated the Beach Blanket Bingo Reading Challenge this summer to encourage students to read. A Bingo "card" was sent home with report cards. Students can complete different patterns on the Bingo card and turn them in the first week of school for prizes! The Level 4 Blackout prize will be a free book for students who return their cards on the first day of school, and a drawing for a free book for students who turn their cards in any other time that week while supplies last.
For misplaced Bingo cards, just
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For Book Fair shopping ONLINE, click HERE
Canyon Creek's very first Bluebonnet team competed in a Bluebonnet book quiz game against every elementary school in our district on Tuesday, April 7. All four participants and one alternte read all 20 books on the Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee list and participated in team practices at CCE. Although we didn't win, Mira, Daniel, Arjun, and Henry did an outstanding job as our school's first ever team!
Our 3rd - 5th grade Comets had a fantastic visit from Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee and New York Times bestselling author, Liesl Shurtliff. Many of our students have enjoyed Mrs. Shurtliff's books, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood. In addition to information about her writing process and how she gets ideas, Mrs. Shurtliff also pulled some of our students up to do a Readers Theater based on Rumpelstiltskin. She also stayed afterwards to sign books that students purchased. We can't wait for her new book due out next year!
Our 5th Grade Poetry is in Antarctica!
Mrs. Hance, the Grisham librarian and a good friend and mentor of mine, is ONE of SIX educators in North America chosen to travel to Antarctica as a 2016 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow! She left on Tuesday, December 27th for her two-week trip aboard the National Geographic Explorer carrying a book of poetry written by Canyon Creek 5th graders with her.
Our fifth graders will be her sixth graders next year, so I invited Mrs. Hance to work with our students partly for them to learn from her experiences and partly to begin building middle school relationships. Transitioning to middle school can be rough!
After a quick meeting with Diane and our awesome 5th grade teachers, we decided to collaborate on a project. It was time for their poetry unit, so the students researched and wrote poetry about all aspects of Mrs. Hance's trip from wildlife to weather to glacier movement to the ship itself.
After the students illustrated their poems, the teachers included them in a photo album with the first name and yearbook picture of each student. Also included was a guest "book" for any of the crew, naturalists, researchers, or guests to sign if they read it as well as a little blue comet that Ms. Owen, our ITS, made with a 3D printer (our "Flat Stanley" ;).
The result was breathtaking. The talent, heart, and hard work that the CCE students put into those beautifully crafted poems literally brought tears to Mrs. Hance's eyes (and mine) as she read through the finished product.
As her schedule allows, she will try to photograph poems with their concrete subjects, record readings or the poems, or include them on her blog (www.teacheradventures.com) as the spotty connection allows. We are planning a presentation to the 5th graders when she returns.
The Daily Expedition Reports from the ship can be followed here.
Wishing Mrs. Hance an incredible trip and professional learning experience!