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Students Are Geisel Experts

1/29/2019 - Several classes at Turnpike spent the last month and a half learning about the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, given annually to authors/illustrators of distinguished picture books for young readers. The award is named after Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. 
 
To prepare, students spent time in their classrooms and during library class reading as many Geisel contenders as possible! Thanks to the help from our school librarian, Mrs. Pendergast, students learned about the actual criteria that are used to select award winners. 
 
Geisel-contender books were shared among classrooms and students discussed whether or not each title met the criteria to be an award winner. Many classrooms participated in a Mock Geisel Contest to vote for class favorites. Students from three classrooms gathered together this week to watch a live stream of the real awards announcement and see if their predictions were correct!
 
In addition, students had fun working together at Geisel-themed stations to celebrate their hard work as readers and thinkers. Students discovered that the Turnpike classrooms had read four of the five titles awarded the Geisel this year!
 
Special thanks to Mrs. Feldman, Ms. James, and Ms. Danahy's classes - read below to see the winners and see photos from Geisel Announcement Day. We're already looking forward to next year's celebration! 
 
2019 Geisel Award: Fox the Tiger by Cory R. Tabor
 
2019 Geisel Honor Books: 
-The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap
by David Milgrim; 

-Fox and Chick: The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier;
-King and Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth by Dori Hillestad Butler;
-Tiger vs Nightmare by Emily Tetri
 
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