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Redwood Elementary Fifth-Grade Students Kick Off “Read Across America”


WEST ORANGE, NJ – Fifth-grade students in Jennifer Paull’s English Language Arts (ELA) classes at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange had the opportunity to kick off Read Across America last week.

Along with Paull, Reading Specialist Lesley Diglio worked with the fifth-grade students, who visited all kindergarten, first and second-grade classrooms to read a Dr. Seuss book aloud, teach a mini-lesson related to the book and complete a craft with the younger students.

Kindergarten students heard “The Foot Book” and completed a lesson about opposites, with fifth graders presenting words on little paper feet and kindergartners asked to come up with the opposites.

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First-grade students heard “Hop on Pop” and completed a lesson on rhyming words, with fifth graders presenting word endings and first graders asked to complete words that rhymed with those endings. The new words were charted. 

Second-grade students heard “Mr. Brown Can Moo—Can You?” and completed a lesson on sound words with fifth graders presenting various places one might hear sounds. Second graders had to come up with sounds that could be heard in those locations and onomatopoeia words were charted. 

All students made “Cat in the Hat Whiskers,” prepared ahead of time by the fifth-grade students. Each classroom visit lasted approximately 30 minutes.

Other activities at Redwood included a "Guess the Goldfish" activity for students in K-2 and 3-5. Bowls of rainbow goldfish crackers could be found around the school for students to guess the number in each bowl and winners received prizes.  

During announcements, a quote from a famous children’s book was read aloud. The students were asked to name the book the quote came from. The title of the book was not revealed until the next day. 

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