All About Sunlight, Plants, the Earth and Minerals
MISANI Special to the AmNews | 8/31/2011, 3:48 p.m.
Hi, GoGABbers! What's up this second week of August? How's your summer going? What have you been doing? We've seen so many of you all over the city. Yep, GoGAB have checked you out at Central, Riverside, Marcus Garvey and Prospect parks, the Central Park and Bronx zoos, the swimming pools and beaches as well as on the basketball and tennis courts.
We've also seen you at the various branches of the New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Contemporary Art, the Queens Botanical Garden and the Museum of Natural History. Fantastic!
Please remember the GoGAB safety rules: Tell your parents or guardians or older siblings where you are going every time you leave the house. Don't speak to strangers or go with them anywhere. We want everyone in GoGAB-ville to be safe while having fun this summer.
And here's a GoGAB shout out to our community of parents, guardians and Older Siblings. Cheers.
GoGAB-VILLE FOCUS: SUNLIGHT, PLANTS, THE EARTH, ROCKS AND YOU
GoGABbers, please tell us: Any science buffs out there in GoGAB-ville? Wow! Look at all of you GoGABbers representing! We love it! Well, guess what we will be focusing on this week? We'll be checking out the sunlight, plants and the earth and how you are connected to this very interesting cycle. We'll also be learning about some of the various kinds of rocks.
To do this, we have two very exciting books. For you, Young Readers in Middle School, we have "Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It."
And for our Early Readers we have another book, "Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life," which we are asking all of our Young Readers to share with your younger brothers, sisters and friends. It makes a great read-aloud book.
THE "SWITCHING ON LITERACY" KWANZAA EXPERIENCE
As you know, "Switching on Literacy" is GoGAB's home initiative designed to encourage our Young Readers to read. One of the exciting features of the "Switching on Literacy" experience is that it includes the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Each of our selected books will convey one or more of the Kwanzaa principles, which will be listed as the Kwanzaa Focus and will serve as a connection to our book's theme.
Alright, Young Readers, as we move forward in our daily literacy commitment to read a book at home for at least 45 minutes every single day (or for our Early Readers, 20 minutes daily) let's turn off all the gadgets. Now, let's grab a book because it's time to "Go Get a Book in Your Hand!" Let's read, read, READ!
EARLY READERS TITLE
"Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life"
Kwanzaa Principle: Purpose, Cooperative Work and Responsibility
Wow! "Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life" (Scholastic, 2009), by Molly Bang and Penny Chisolm, illustrations by Bang, is a fantastic title. Wow again! There's so much GoGAB loves about this book, which teaches us a great deal about the sun and plants and the connection they have to us.