Once a week on Wednesdays, Mrs. Livanos has students in third
and fourth grade come to the library in the school. Its called
the After School Literature Circle. Every week they have a different
theme. For example, one theme that they did this year was the rain
forest. They start each theme with playing music or sounds from a
tape. They have to try to guess what their new theme is going to be.
After they listen to the sounds, they read a book about the theme.
When they are done reading the book, they do a project. When they did
the rain forest, they made a tree frog tree. Another project they did
was making weather predictions for April. The books they read for
that were Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Pickles to
Pittsburgh. Their predications were on the bulletin board in
front of the office.
Mrs. Livanos said that she chose to do this program because she wanted a place where she didnt have a time limit, and where the participants could really get a chance to talk about each book.
Rachel B., in Mrs. Sutarnos class, is a member of the After School Literature Circle. Her favorite theme that the after school program did was the weather theme. Her favorite project they did was making structures out of marshmallows and toothpicks. She also enjoys sitting on the bean bags while listening to the books.
It sounds like the After School Literature Circle is a great way to express your feelings about books that you read and share them with other people.