As students at the Number Five School entered the building on Dec. 4, teachers and staff were dressed up as various vocabulary words such as electricity, veterinarian and subtraction to kick off Literacy Night, which was held the following evening.
Students were also treated to a performance of ‚ÄúMiss Alaineous: A Vocabulary Disaster,‚ÄĚ a book written by author Debra Fraiser, which was performed by teachers and staff, starring first grade teacher Jennifer Arleo as Sage, the main character.
‚ÄúLiteracy runs throughout the entire building and various subject areas and is the key to success,‚ÄĚ said Number Five School Principal Rina Beach. ‚ÄúThe performance tied into Literacy Night and is a great way to hook students.‚ÄĚ
As Victoria Loweree, a reading teacher, narrated the book, teachers and staff performed each scene, pausing to repeat and define various vocabulary words.
First-grader Amselmo Dash thought the theatrical performance was hilarious. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs great to learn new words you didn‚Äôt know before,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs also fun to read and share what you learn with your parents.‚ÄĚ
According to Loweree, the school chose a book that was geared towards teaching students about language. ‚ÄúLanguage is power and we embraced that and tied it into our Literacy Night,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI hope kids embrace the importance of language in the future.‚ÄĚ
Brianna Vargas, a third-grader, knows the importance of learning different words. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs good to know all words, especially if you have a test,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI read everyday so I can learn all kinds of new information.‚ÄĚ
Third-grader Natalie Alvaiado loves to read books like the ‚ÄúJudy Moody‚ÄĚ series by Megan McDonald. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs important to know the meaning of words so you can learn more information and get better at reading,‚ÄĚ she said.
Though the performance was the first of its kind for the school, according to Beach, it won‚Äôt be the last. ‚ÄúThis will definitely become an annual event,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve already begun talking about our next one.‚ÄĚ