Celebrating its ninth year, Star Wars Reads month is all about reading and learning about your favorite “galaxy far, far away.” The Star Wars Reads webpage has activity sheets, reading logs, and other fun ways to celebrate.
Create your own reading buddy by making your own Desktop Porg!
white copy paper or construction paper (two 8.5″x 11″ sheets)
crayons, colored pencils, or markers
1. Cut one sheet of paper into two strips, making one a little wider than the other.
2. On the wider piece, use a brown crayon or colored pencil to color an hourglass shape on the wider piece of white paper. There’s no exact size to this- every Porg is different!
3. Roll the Porg’s body shape into a cylinder and staple the bottom. You may need to trim any edges that stick out the back.
4. Color the thinner piece of white paper for the Porg’s head. Draw big eyes, nostrils, and the mouth.
5. Roll your Porg head and staple it together just like you did for the body. Then staple the Porg head to the Porg body.
6. Draw some basic feet and wings with your remaining paper. Color the feet orange and the wings brown. Cut them out and tape or staple them on the body.
Test your knowledge at Star Wars Family Trivia night on Friday, October 23. Presented by Baig of Tricks, this event is a Live YouTube Stream starting at 7 p.m.
Today we are sharing a special booktalk to introduce you to children’s author Christina Soontornvat. We’ll meet her virtually this Wednesday at 6 p.m. and there’s still time to register! Kids can ask her questions about what it is like to be a writer, or tell her how much they like her books.
Watch this video to learn more about Christina Soontornvat’s novels for kids and her favorite things!
Applesauce is an easy and forgiving recipe to make. Many kinds of apples will work, and you can adjust the sugar to your liking depending on the type of apple used.
3 lbs of apples (approximately 8 medium apples total. Most apple varieties will work, such as Fuji, Johnathan, Gala, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or a mix)
1/3 cup water or apple juice
½ cup sugar, brown sugar, or a few tablespoons honey or maple syrup (to taste)
2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Peel and core the apples and then slice into 2-inch pieces. In a large saucepan, combine apples, water or juice, sweetener, and cinnamon. Cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the apples fall apart. Add lemon juice. For chunkier applesauce, use a potato masher to smash the apples. For smoother applesauce, transfer to a food processer or use an immersion blender to puree. Taste and add more sweetener as needed.
Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Harper College is having a month-long event to give students of all ages interactive and fun learning opportunities. Maybe this will give you some ideas about what you’d like to study!
Each Wednesday in October, a new activity will be posted and is designed for 3rd-8th graders. Here are some of the things you could learn about:
Todd Parr is the author of over 50 children’s books that are full of fun, positive messages. Be Who You Are Day on September 30 includes activities that help kids celebrate what makes each of them special.