Thursday, February 13, 2014

Share Out the Wonder

This year, Round Rock ISD librarians have chosen the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio for their One Book, One Community Project. This literacy initiative started in October when librarians throughout the district distributed copies of the book to students with a simple expectation. Read the book, sign the inside cover, and pass it on. By reading it forward, students, parents and teachers are sharing and discussing the many lessons in the book- especially the message to "Choose Kind."

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students were selected to launch the program in October.

Union Hill Elementary has participated in One Book, One Community in various ways. We had a birthday party for Auggie, the main character from Wonder, on October 12. Students celebrated by singing "Happy Birthday" to him and enjoying a cupcake.

The teachers, librarian, ITS, and counselors have worked to incorporate the precepts from the book into many lessons. In November, we celebrated World Kindness Day and classes took the pledge to choose kind. Kindergarten classes created videos showing the ways that they've chosen kind. Fourth grade students worked with the ITS to film, edit, and finalize a video showing what they've learned from Wonder.

Pledges from World Kindness Day.

Just this week, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students attended a field trip at the Round Rock Indoor Sports Complex to hear the author, R.J. Palacio speak about the book. The City of Round Rock proclaimed February 10, 2014 as "Choose Kind Day."

Waiting to hear R.J. Palacio speak.
The entire district was invited to create videos to share what they've learned because of Auggie and the book, Wonder. Here's the full video:

This week is also Random Acts of Kindness Week. Students are encouraged to participate in the daily theme. Here's a group of students wearing yellow, to "be the sunshine in someone's life."

Students being the sunshine.

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