Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat

This week for Earth Day, we read the first two chapters of Violet Mackerel’s Natural habitat by Anna Branford, illustrated by Elanna Allen.  In the story Violet makes a habitat for a small ladybug.

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While reading, we talked  about idioms including what “making ends meet” and “bills going through the roof” meant.  Later in the story we talked about what a habitat is and what is necessary to have in it.  Both concepts were covered in their classrooms earlier in the year.  We then ended by talking about where we could get good information about ladybugs in order to make a new habitat (books in the library using the catalog and databases – online encyclopedia).

Additional Activities

Featured Books – Earth Day (Recycling, Trees, Ecology, etc.)

Printable –  Ladybugs (Enchanted Learning) , Word Search – Earth Day

Video –  Lorax or Wump World

Ballpark Mysteries

This past week we read The Fenway Foul-up (Ballpark Mysteries #1) by David A. Kelly.

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We talked about how the author incoorporated facts about baseball and Fenway Park into this fiction story.  To check out some of the facts included in this story, go to the link above for Fenway Foul-up or check out the facts at the end of the book.

Additional Activities

Featured Book – Baseball

Printable –  Baseball Hall of Famers –  WordsearchJackie Robinson Coloring Page

Computer –  Baseball Trivia Quiz