ESOL Students from Lansdowne Middle celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats


ESOL students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 from Lansdowne Middle School read “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats to the kindergarten classes at Woodbridge Elementary, via Safari Live Web conferencing.  The ESOL students practiced their English and fluency skills as they prepared to read to the kindergarteners.  The Web conference began with introductions and each ESOL student read a page or two of the story.  Two projectors were used to allow all students to see the pictures from the book as well as the students from each school.

The kindergarten students took their turn in the conference by singing a special winter song to thank the Lansdowne students for sharing this special story with them. They used props - winter coats, mittens and boots – while singing.  The kindergarten students are studying Ezra Jack Keats as part of an author study and the four seasons as part of their science curriculum.

Student comments included:  “I had fun seeing the other students.”  “I am ready to read another book by the same author.”  “I want to do this again.”  “I like the way they took turns to read the story.”  “I am happy to see them.”  I liked singing songs to them.”  “I liked when they clapped for us.”


The ESOL students signed and presented to the students at Woodbridge Elementary a copy of the 50th Anniversary edition of “The Snowy Day”. The kindergarten students will also write about their favorite part of the conference and present them to the ESOL students. Future Web conferencing activities are scheduled for February.

Story and photos submitted by Nancy Reed, Resource Teacher, Office of Instructional Technology
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