The Perfect Thanksgiving

For Thanksgiving, we read The Perfect Thanksgiving by Eileen Spinelli.  Prior to reading, I pointed out the Hand Turkey on the cover. While reading, I pointed out that one family was the opposite of the other.  I had them guess what the opposite of eating dainty,  being quiet and eating white meat would be.

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Additional Activities

Printable –  Turkey Handprint Poem on half of a 8 x 11 sheet of paper.  On the other half, trace your hand  and turn it into a picture of a turkey.

Online Puzzle – Indian and Pilgrim

 

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Tuesday Tucks Me In

Following Veteran’s Day, we read Tuesday Tucks Me In about Veteran Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service  dog Tuesday.  The book won the Outstanding Social Studies Trade Book Award 2015.  The book is a true story which means it is a type of nonfiction.

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After reading the book, students were given a Call # of a book in the nonfiction section and asked to locate it and write the title and author of one book with that #.

Additional Activities

Printables 

Help Tuesday find Luis’ shoe Maze

Places Tuesday visits Word Find

Videos

Book Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmLW65H7er4

How a Golden Retriever Saved Army Veteran Luis Montalvan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2lJtPNwZPI

Featured Books

Service Dogs

Veteran’s Day

Let’s Play by Herve Tullet

We just finished having our Fall Book Fair and one of the books that I picked up was Let’s Play .  I showed them his other books – Press Here, Mix It Up! and Help!  I need a Title! before reading Let’s Play.   After reading the book, we talked about similar illustrators like Leo Lionni and Eric Carle as well as artists such as  Picasso and Jackson Pollack.

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Our library skill lesson this week was finding books by their Call # (or letters).  Students were given a CAT slip (Call #, Author and Title).

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The slip had a Call # of a book in the Easy section of our library. Students were asked to find a book and then to write the author’s full name and the title of one of their books.  We reviewed where the Easy Picture Book section of the library was located and how the books are in alphabetical order by the authors last name.

Additional Activities

Coloring Pages – Press Here Activity Sheets

Featured Books – Artist

Computer Activity – Jackson Pollack (Move the cursor to draw, click to change colors)

Videos – Herve Tullet | Press Here – Kidlit Tv