Hello. I'm Mrs. Spector. Welcome to Camp Read Smore! Books are your ticket to adventure and Camp Read Smore is where it begins. Explore Destiny Quest to find your next book, take the Superhero Reader Quiz, play the library game or visit our recent happenings. Click around and then stop by the library and tell me you were here. Happy Reading!
Check out our Wizard of Oz
Summer Reading Challenge Video! CLICK HERE!
At NACP, we love our books and sometimes we just have to SING about it!
Check out our music video, "Gotta Keep Reading!" by clicking here.
(Special thanks to the talented Mrs. Letford for creating this amazing music video!)
Our school was featured in School Library Journal for
our school wide activities surrounding The One and Only Ivan. Click here to check it out!!
This year, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate was chosen for our "One School One Book" program. Our entire school is reading this fictional book in their classrooms and will be learning about the real Ivan's story. You can view the book's trailer here. To find out what our students are doing and learning about Ivan's story, go to our The One and Only Ivan page (tab can be found above next to "home") and be sure to check out the October link below. (Katherine Applegate is featured in October's author spotlight.)
UPDATE: The fabulous Mrs. Potts, our transitional kindergarten
teacher, just shared this great news from Zoo Atlanta. Ivan comes full circle!
I must echo Mrs. Pott's words and say, "Way to go NEW Academy for helping TK make their project make a difference globally!"
What does a cell phone have to do with a gorilla? Cell phones and other electronics contain a number of hazardous substances that can have a serious impact on the environment. Ivan was from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Coltan is a substance in cell phones that is found in the Congo forests of Africa, right in the middle of the gorilla's habitat. As a result of mining for coltan, gorillas have been displaced or even worse, they have been found by poachers. Donating your phone and having it recycled will ensure that they are being reused or recycled properly AND it helps to prevent further deforestation of the gorilla's habitat. Click here to watch a video that helps to explain the connection and then ask one of our TK students how you can help. Please visit the "One and Only Ivan" tab at the top of the page for more information.
On December 6th, 2013, NEW Academy Canoga Park welcomed their first author, the 2013 Newbery Medal winner and author of
The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate!
To see highlights of her unforgettable visit, click
here for a fun video.
"Finding Ivan Through the Arts" (FITA)
with Mrs. Letford
Through our school's read aloud of The One and Only Ivan' by Katherine
Applegate, we explored this "Text to Arts" connection (to add to their
established "Text to Text", "Text to Self", and "Text to World' connections). By employing the four arts of dance, music, theatre and visual art, our K-5 students interacted with the characters and plot in more meaningful ways and made additional connections (metaphorical, abstract, and concrete) that have might not have been otherwise experienced. Arts matter!
Mrs. Barrett's 5th grade class choreographed and performed an interpretive dance for the school, community and the author, Ms. Katherine Applegate!
Please click here
to watch the
For more information about: 'Text to Arts' connection projects or 'FITA',
contact Genein Letford via twitter @geneinletford
Click on a month below to see what's been happening at
Camp Read Smore.
Camp Read Smore.
May 2014 (World War II Veterans, 1st Mystery Skype, Skype with a Yellowstone Park Ranger)
April 2014 (Author Spotlight on Michael Scott and Skype, Poetry Slam and The Curious Garden)
March 2014 (Author Spotlight on Eric Carle and our very own hungry caterpillars!)
February 2014 (Author Spotlight on Frans Vischer and Legos!)
January 2014 (Author Spotlight on Ame Dyckman! Go here to watch our Skype with her and learn more!)
December 2013 (Katherine Applegate came!)
November 2013 (We love our veterans! Check out what we were able to do for them with our candy!)
October 2013 (includes our author spotlight on Katherine Applegate, math magic and more)
September 2013 (includes our author spotlight on Oliver Jeffers, Dot Day, our Redwood study)