Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Students Communicate Passion for Their Favorite Books ; Cedar Hall Book Fair Effort Spurs Creativity

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Students Communicate Passion for Their Favorite Books ; Cedar Hall Book Fair Effort Spurs Creativity

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Nine-year-old John Welch could barely contain his laughter as he described "Dog Breath," a book he had chosen for the book fair at Cedar Hall Community School, where John is a second-grader. "When the family holds their noses closed, that is very funny," he said with a giggle.

John and his second-grade classmates created end-of-the-year display boards, to creatively highlight each child's favorite book. The project is similar to a science fair, but this time, books were the focal point. The students spent about three weeks planning, organizing and executing the project.

Teacher Lisa Boeglin, who is finishing her first year at Cedar Hall, spearheaded the book fair project, and all the Cedar Hall second-grade teachers participated. "At the end of the year, it is essential to keep students engaged so they don't start summer vacation before Memorial Day!" Lisa said with a smile. "We wanted to do a project that would be a creative way to celebrate the students as readers."

Elaine Staley, another teacher at the school, said, "We used ideas and strategies the students have learned throughout the year. We think this is a great kickoff to the summer."

Those strategies include retelling a story, summarizing, character analysis, identifying parts of a story, and comparing/ contrasting.

The tri-fold display boards were featured in the school's media center during the last week of school, and families and friends of the students were invited to attend and view the project results. At that time, the children gave a "book talk" to guests and answered questions. Other Cedar Hall students will also be invited to view the displays during school hours.

"We hope to encourage parent involvement with this project and generate excitement for reading in general," teacher Cindy Albritton said. With so many book choices, the schoolchildren didn't have a tough time picking a favorite.

"Not at all," said teacher Natalie Marcelak. …

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