Thursday, December 18, 2014

T-Shirts for Sale

We still have Patterson RAPS t-shirts for sale! These would make a wonderful holiday gift for the readers in your life. The t-shirts are only $10, and all of the proceeds benefit our program. Please contact Linda Dunnavant at or Pallu Reddy at if you are interested in buying a shirt!

December 6 Meeting

Our last meeting of 2014 went out with a bang! We began by doing the cup challenge, in which students built a cup tower using only yarn. It was amazing to see students work together so well!

Team building cup challenge 12/5 #pattersonraps

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We then finished our book trailers. Students worked very hard on them, and we were impressed with their final products. Below is a playlist that includes all of the trailers. Just click on it to view the entire list.

Finally, Clive Menzel was kind enough to come speak to our group about service learning as well as his time working for Nelson Mandela. We left his talk inspired to go out into the world and make a difference!

Learning more about Mandela from Mr. Mentzel #pattersonraps

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A huge thanks to everyone who has supported our program this year. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and we look forward to February 7, our first meeting in 2015!

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 15 Meeting

We had a fantastic meeting on November 15! Students began by choosing which book they wanted to create a book trailer on. We also did an icebreaker to get a better understanding of students' familiarity with book trailers. We then got started by watching and critiquing book trailers that our summer students created. Next, students began creating outlines and storyboards for their trailers. Students then began working on their trailers. We can't wait to see what they come up with!

Our awesome grad students helping us plan! #pattersonraps

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Next, students got the chance to read silently. We then had a snack. Yum! Finally, we had a visit from members of the Vanderbilt marching band. They talked to us about what being in the band is like, and they even let us try out their instruments!

Lauren deep into How to Steal a Dog #pattersonraps

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Patterson RAPS meets the vandy band! #pattersonraps

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We look forward to our final meeting of the year on December 6!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November 1 Meeting

Since Halloween was the day before, we decided to have a spooky themed RAPS on Saturday. We began with a Halloween version of the game "Would You Rather?" You can only imagine the interesting conversations this activity sparked.

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Next, we read a 3:15 story by Patrick Carman, the author of the Skeleton Creek series. The story had 3 parts (listening, reading, and watching) and took about 15 minutes to complete. We then began our spooky stations. Students rotated through 5 stations: a spooky read aloud station, an independent reading station, an art station where they created sugar skulls and discussed the Day of the Dead, a science station where they did a STEM activity using toothpicks and pumpkin candies, and a writing station where they wrote two sentence horror stories and published them using iPads. Here are a few pictures from our morning.

Independent reading #pattersonraps

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11/1 #pattersonraps

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Sugar skulls #dayofthedead #pattersonraps

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We look forward to seeing everyone for our last two sessions of 2014! Have a great week!