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Supporting UDL in the Classroom with Audiobooks

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The past couple of years, my district has been in the process of implementing Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, in our classrooms.  The educational framework creates a flexible learning environment that supports all learners.  The neuroscience behind it shows that each student learns differently, bringing their own strengths and experiences to each learning opportunity.  Therefore teachers need to create multiple ways for students to engage, represent, and express the content.  The scientists who developed UDL initially were looking at how schools can support students who are traditionally marginalized, students who have disabilities, or for whom English is their second language.  What they discovered was that the strategies that help these populations also helped all students learn.  If you’d like more information on UDL, please visit the CAST website. As a school librarian, I needed to think how I could adopt UDL in my own teaching and library space, but I also needed to think a…

Red Clover Day

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On April 10th, students at Moretown School celebrated Red Clover Day.  5th and 6th graders were responsible for creating an activity for one of this year's Red Clover books.  The activities were fun filled games, arts and crafts, & cookie decorating!  Kindergarten-4th graders were put into mixed age groups to visit each of the activities.  Kids made fancy cats, played a tag game, did a scavenger hunt, dove through "flaming" hoops, and much much more.  At the end students voted for their favorite book from the list.  The book that received the most votes from our school was Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks.  The winner for the whole state will be announced shortly so check in later to find out.







It's Slime to Read Week

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Last Thursday, March 30, the Moretown Student Book Committee launched a school wide challenge to read 15,000 pages.  I thought that this was going to be an ambitious venture, but our students sure proved me wrong. Well, my socks are totally blown right off!!  Moretown School read at least 33,847 pages in one week!!  The sweet reward?  Mr. Pierson got slimed!  Students eagerly awaited this moment.  Excitement was high and the slime was gooey!



Thank you Mr. Pierson for being such a good sport!

Some other highlights from the week:

Whole School Read!

Fancy Bookmarks!

Trivia: Do you know the answer to these questions?  Reading Week Book Trivia
Mystery Reader:  Murphy the Moose!!





Poems about snow!

One of this year's Red Clover books is Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre.  It is a poem about rain and it is accompanied by pretty amazing photographs.  Kindergarteners, 1st, and 2nd graders collaborated with their class to write their own poems about snow.  These poems were made into video presentations using Adobe Spark where students recorded their voice and picked their own pictures to go with their poem.  Below are these poems:

Snowflakes Swirl by Kindergarten:




The Magic of Snow by Ms. Dow's Class:


Winter Blanket by Ms. Cingiser's Class: