Read for the Record

posted Dec 2, 2014, 6:00 AM by Sylwia Jasinski   [ updated Dec 3, 2014, 11:53 AM ]

            On October 21st, 2014, millions of students around the United States participated in national “Read for the Record” day. “Read for the Record” is an international celebration that promotes literacy and emphasizes the importance of early childhood education. For the second year in a row, nine eighth graders from John J. Pershing (IS220), accompanied by ELA Special Education teacher Mr. Dane Johnsen, went to local elementary school PS160 to promote the program. Each Pershing student brought a copy of The Pearson Group’s “Bunny Cakes (Max and Ruby)”, an uplifting story about a young bunny who bakes a cake for his grandmother. The group was welcomed into ten kindergarten classes to read “Bunny Cakes” to the enthusiastic youngsters. The Pershing students did a stellar job at demonstrating their passion and love for reading.

Due to the overwhelming success, the two schools are now collaborating on a common core focused visitation schedule where the middle school students will prepare a lesson plan including higher order thinking questions as well as Turn and Talk prompts to promote rigorous discussion based on the text.

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