As part of the I love Reading to the Moon and Back challenge, Futuraskolan International Rådan students in grades 4, 5, 6B and 6R have read over 15 000 pages in less than one month!
Yesterday their Swedish teacher added a third book to the ladder to moon.
Keep up the amazing work, Rådan students!
A recent article on bookriot.com (<- click for the link) explores why books are a certain shape.
It turns out that it is all down to the golden ratio. The golden ratio is an irrational number represented by the Greek letter phi (φ) that’s used to create geometries with what many people consider the most eye-pleasing proportions.
Futuraskolan International Rådan’s grade 7 students will take a look at the golden ratio during their classes. They will have a chance to explore the golden ratio in out in nature…and in the library.
Last December Futuraskolan International Rådan students held a used book sale that raised 4000:- SEK.
The last few crowns were used to purchase two books from Witra Publishing:
The Haven, by Simon Lelic, is about Ollie Turner and his adventures after a students go missing from a prestigious boarding school.
Plastic Planet, by Georgia Amson-Bradshaw, takes a look at what plastic is, how it’s made and how we have become so dependent on it in our single-use, disposable world. The book explores some real, achievable ways of reducing plastic use and changing mindsets.
One of Futuraskolan International Rådan’s teachers is spending a year teaching in Cascais, Portugal. She stopped by for a visit recently and donated 4 books in Portuguese, which she, of course, bought at Déjà Lu, the second hand book store that donates all proceeds to the Portuguese Down Syndrome Association.
As part of the I love Reading to the Moon and Back challenge, students are required to read a three-book series.
There are several display shelves in Futuraskolan International Rådan’s library that are used to display new books, books based on a theme or books of the same genre.
Last week, the shelves were used to display series that would appeal to all ages. The books on display are Sebastian Drake, by Philip Caveney, Extra, by Per Nilsson, Witch, by Elisabetta Gnone, Dead City, by James Ponti, and The Zack Files, by Dan Greenburg. There are two shelves that displayed books for upper grade readers. The series were Sebastian Drake, by Philip Caveney, and Shades of London, by Maureen Johnson.
This week’s display reflects the IMYC theme of Courage. The display contains books about immigration, moving, friendship and adventure.
The International Primary Years Curriculum is based on thematic units of learning , which are designed to appeal to children’s interests and help them to learn more about the world around them.
Similarly, the International Middle Years Curriculum has themes and involves six weeks of learning based around a ‘Big Idea’, which aims to help students in every year group to achieve coherence and connection within their subjects.
Futuraskolan International Rådan’s library now has a bookcase dedicated to displaying books based on the themes that the classes are studying.
This bookcase is a new addition. At the moment the signs on the bookcase are handwritten, but bigger signs are on the way!
Already, two topics are on display: Courage for the upper grades and the human body on for the lower grades.
This will be a great way to expose students to books from a variety of genres and help them make connections across their subjects.
Futuraskolan International Rådan has a unique reading challenge this year and everyone is really excited!
This year, the students in grades 4, 5 and 6 will participate in the I Love Reading to the Moon and Back challenge. The students will count each page they read as one kilometre. Their teachers will keep track of the weekly totals and after 5000 pages/kilometres, the Swedish teacher will add another book to the display. The books will form a stepladder the reaches all the up to the moon.
The students have to read a selection of 11 different genres. A different type of assignment is required for each book. The students can present their projects to any of the language teachers in the school. Students who take mother tongue lessons are encouraged to read a book in their native language and present to their home language teachers.
Students started this challenge on August 26. On September 10, the students earned their first book with a total of 5500 pages read in 16 days! WOW!!
Only six days later, on September 16, the students earned their second book with another 5000 pages. INCREDIBLE!
Well done, Rådan students!
One of Futuraskolan International Rådan’s parents very kindly donated a lot of Spanish books for young learners. Thank you!
This school year, Futuraskolan International Rådan is focusing on building up the Spanish and French book sections of the library.
Here are two pictures of what Futuraskolan International Rådan’s library looked like during the summer.
Students and staff returned A LOT of books! There wasn’t enough shelf space for all of the books.
Two new bookcases were added to the library over the summer. When the old bookcases were moved to make room for the new ones, they fell apart and there were books everywhere!
The good news is that all the books were back in place by the time school started.
Futuraskolan International Rådan’s library has a selection of books in different languages. This school year, it was decided to focus on building up the French and Spanish sections since these are the two languages offered at the school.
One of Rådan’s staff members is spending a year teaching in Portugal. Near her school there is a second hand bookstore called Déjà Lu – Livraria Solidaria. This bookstore is run by people with Down Syndrome and all the money collected from sales is used to support The Portuguese Down Syndrome Association. The bookstore offers secondhand books in languages from all over the world. This Rådan teacher will buy used French and Spanish books from Déjà Lu and bring them back to Rådan when she visits during the holidays.
Thank you, Déjà Lu for the work you do! If you ever visit Cascais, consider stopping by the bookstore.
Futuraskolan International Rådan’s staff and students are happy to be able to support Déjà Lu and are looking forward to reading a whole bunch of new books!
Here is a glimpse of the learning in action that takes place throughout Futuraskolan Rådan.