Sunday, June 24, 2018
Education

Pine Grove fourth-graders entice visiting classes with a reading carousel

BROOKSVILLE — Lyndsay Polachek's fourth-grade classroom at Pine Grove Elementry School was set up in a U-shape, and the tables were covered with posters and dioramas. The creators stood behind or beside their projects.

The configuration helped streamline the flow of visitors. Children from other classes took turns coming to Polachek's room to see what her students have been reading, and to hear about the books as well.

Brenden Mitchell, 10, stood by his diorama, a shoebox displaying a miniature school yard where a lawn tractor race between teachers appeared eminent. The book upon which it was based was Mr. Burke Is Berserk by Dan Gutman.

His teacher, Brenden said, had students from other classrooms come by "so they can see maybe they want to read the book."

The event, which Polachek calls the Rotating Museum Carousel, was an idea from a retired teacher she knows.

"This is the third year I've done this," she said. "They really love it. The students get to see a variety of books that they might want to read down the road."

Besides the benefits for the visiting children, Polachek's students practice listening and speaking skills. They learn to work cooperatively with other students and communicate effectively.

"It is on their level," she said, "so they're more relaxed so it strengthens their presentations."

Jared Brielmaier, 10, had some "gooey monsters," as he called them, in his box from the book Meet Me in Horrorwood by Geronimo Stilton. He said the book helped him learn new words, and he liked it "because it was funny."

Jared said the reading carousel was a good idea because "it is a chance for people to get new ideas for new books."

Teacher Lorraine Kocolowski took her fifth-grade class to the carousel.

"I felt we should have more communication among the grade levels," Kocolowski said. "I wanted them to see how different grade levels presented different projects."

Leah Williams, 9, did her project on Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She liked the idea of having other classes visit "so they can learn about the books and see if they want to read it."

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