Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

This week we  talked about Wordless Books .  I showed them several examples.  To find them in the library catalog, the subject heading is Stories without Words. We talked about who and why we would “read” books without words.  We then “read”  Du IZ Tak?  which is similar to a wordless book in that there are no words which we understand, so we need to use our imagination to figure out what is going on in the story.

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First we looked at the pictures and then we translated the nonsense words. Next we read Oops Pounce Quick Run! An alphabet caper by Mike Twohy , which has only one word on each page. This also required us to use our imagination to figure out what is going on. Students then took a copy of a page and wrote a complete sentence to tell the story. We put the pages together to make a book for the classroom.

Additional Activities

Featured Book – Wordless Books

Printable – Oops Pounce Quick Run! An Alphabet Caper

Computer – My StoryMaker

Finding Information – Databases

This past week we learned about how to find sources of  information. We read about Kites from the book Toys! Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions by Don Wulffson.


We then talked about how to find additional  information about kites using databases.  We talked about what a database is and why they are a good source of information (organized, fact checked, paid  online resources, require a username and password).   Students then looked up another invention using INFOhio – K-5 – World Book for Kids and filled out a worksheet  – Describe /purpose  and History (who/when).

Additional Activities

Featured Book – Kites

Printable – Kite Coloring Page

Computer – Kite Making Video

Neo Leo – Inventors

This month we are going to talk about how to find sources of  information.  This week we will talk about finding books with information about people.  We read Neo Leo by Gene Barretta , which is about Inventor – Leonardo da Vinci


Gene Baretta also wrote Now & Ben, about Benjamin Franklin, which is in Journey’s Reading Textbook (2nd grade). We then talked about finding books about any inventor.

  1. Single Biography ( book is about one person) – Biography Section, organized by the person’s last name
  2. Collective Biography (book with multiple people, person is listed in the Table of Contents of the book) –  Biography section by the author’s last name (find using the catalog – type person’s name in search box – all fields)
  3. Book about Inventions (Broad Topic)  – Subject, then look in the Index of the book.

Additional Activities

Featured Books/Bookmark –  Inventors

Printable  – Inventor Biography Worksheet

Online Game – Checkers with Ben

Juana and Lucas

This past week we read Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina, the winner of this year’s  Pura Belpre Award.  The award is for a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth .



Before reading, we talked about ways to figure out words we don’t know (look at pictures, figure out what makes sense, look it up in a dictionary).  We talked about how these would help us figure out the Spanish words sprinkled throughout the story.  Students were encouraged to guess out loud the meaning of words as we came upon them and I had post its with the meanings on the back.  After reading we talked about the fact that many of the Spanish words were similar to the English word.

Extension Activities

Featured books – Pura Belpre Award winners

Printable – Character Profiles
Boy  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3-uQOnujG7hc0VmNGtPajRoQWs/view
Girl – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3-uQOnujG7hbUZhNDFwcnQzc0U/view

Computer – Spanish Central – Name that Thing