|I met Seymour Simon at a conference in 2014!|
In order to best prepare for the visit, we are spending time in the library introducing students to the many, MANY books written by Seymour Simon. Different classes have stopped down to preview his materials, and many more classes are signed up for visits in February.
Mrs. Richards and Mrs. Mangino are right in the middle of studying nonfiction in fifth grade ELA. Our yearly speedbooking activity gives students time to see the many nonfiction offerings we have at Pioneer Middle School. During speedbooking, students have a short amount of time to visit with each book and decide if the book is one they are interested in reading. At the end of the activity, students will have a listing of books in the library that they are hoping to read at some point. We were sure to include books by Seymour Simon in our speedbooking activity. These books flew off the shelves!
|Fifth graders preview Seymour Simon books during speedbooking.|
|Students in Ms. Farrell's class loved previewing Seymour Simon's books.|
|A seventh grade student browsing through Seymour Simon's books.|
Mrs. B. Smith's science classes took an in-depth look at the works of Seymour Simon. During January, this class was immersed in an inquiry project about planets. The students were divided into small groups and generated their own questions that they would like to answer about the planet they were researching. After selecting their top questions and organizing them into topics, students used library resources (including Seymour Simon's print books and the materials located online via Starwalk Kids) to find answers to their research. The groups then crafted detailed lesson plans and delivered their lessons to their classmates. These students really knew their stuff! Mrs. B. Smith's students are especially excited about the author visit, since they used his books extensively.
|Mrs. B. Smith's students organizing their questions for the planet inquiry project.|
|A student in Mrs. Proudman's class previews Horses by Seymour Simon.|