Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter

This past week we read Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter by Megan McDonald, illustrated by G. Brian Karas.


In the story, Ant tries to think of  Things to Do in the Winter.    Then Ant and Honey Bee end up making a very large sandwich with lots of unusual ingredients on it. The story ends with Ant and Honey Bee falling asleep as it begins to snow.     After reading the story, we talked about the different types of books that Megan McDonald and Brian Karas have written or illustrated and how we can find them by searching the catalog.   Students then practiced searching the catalog by author (or illustrator) name and filling out a C.A.T. slip (Call #, Author, and Title) for one of their books.

Additional Activities
Featured Books – Winter

Things to Do (Winter)
Make a Sandwich

Make a Snowflake

Tooling Around

 This  week we are reading   Tooling Around by Ellen Jackson, which was selected as an Outstanding Science Trade Book, 2015. We learned about different kinds of animals who use tools.  We discussed what a tool was and then read the author’s definition which was an object used to achieve a goal.


This is a Nonfiction Book, so the Call # is  a number (unlike fiction books which we learned last week start with letters,  E = Easy/Picture Books or F = Fiction/Chapter Books).  Students will then do a  Catalog Search by Subject  to find the call # of a topic and fill out a CAT slip with the Call#, Author and Title.


Additional Activities

Featured Books – Animals (590- 599)

Printable – Animal Coloring Pages

Video –  Chimps Use Tools Like Humans

Capuchin Monkey Nut Cracking Tool Use

Sea Otter Using a Tool to Open Clams

Dragons Love Tacos

This past week we read Dragons Love Tacos written by Adam Rubin , illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.  This was a fun book to read aloud and I could tell that they were able to predict what was going to happen after the dragons eat the tacos, so I acted like I was afraid to turn the page, prior to revealing the result.


After reading the book, I talked about how they could check out the book later in the year. Since they might not remember the author’s name they would need to search for it on the catalog. Our library lesson this week was to learn how to find the call# of a book using the catalog .  The call# tells them the section of the library that the book is located (E= Easy Picture, F=Fiction Chapter, # = Nonfiction) and the first three letters of the author’s last name. They then searched the catalog by a title and filled out a CAT slip with the author’s name (Last name, First name) and call# (in red letters) .

Additional Activities

Featured Books – Books by Adam Rubin, Cookbooks

Printable – Unscramble Taco Words and Tacos or Pizza?

Computer Activity – Dragons Love Tacos Song, words are on this page, click on Song Download to listen to the audio version.