For our last week of library for the school year, we read the first chapter of “Judy Moody and the Bucket List”
Before starting, we talked about what a bucket list was and what the expression “kick-the-bucket” specifically meant. Since we weren’t checking out books, the students got to check off one of the items from Judy Moody’s Bucket List – Go Camping.
Featured Books – Camping (Read them in the tent)
Printable – Summer Bucket List
Book Online – Camping Spree with Mr. Mage (Tumblebooks)
Video- Hello Muddah Hello Faddah (camping song)
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.
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).
Featured Books – Earth Day (Recycling, Trees, Ecology, etc.)
Printable – Ladybugs (Enchanted Learning) , Word Search – Earth Day
Video – Lorax or Wump World
This past week we read The Fenway Foul-up (Ballpark Mysteries #1) by David A. Kelly.
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.
Featured Book – Baseball
Printable – Baseball Hall of Famers – Wordsearch, Jackie Robinson Coloring Page
Computer – Baseball Trivia Quiz
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.
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.
Featured Book – Wordless Books
Printable – Oops Pounce Quick Run! An Alphabet Caper
Computer – My StoryMaker
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).
Featured Book – Kites
Printable – Kite Coloring Page
Computer – Kite Making Video
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.
- Single Biography ( book is about one person) – Biography Section, organized by the person’s last name
- 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)
- Book about Inventions (Broad Topic) – Subject, then look in the Index of the book.
Featured Books/Bookmark – Inventors
Printable – Inventor Biography Worksheet
Online Game – Checkers with Ben
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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.
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
This month we are learning about different children’s book awards. This week we talked about the Schnieder Award which is given to books about disabilities. We read one of this year’s winners – Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov.
Featured Books/Bookmark – Schneider Award
Printable – Braille Alphabet Chart
Computer Game – Braille Games Online
This month we are learning about different children’s book awards. This past week we talked about the Sibert Award for Nonfiction Books. We read one of the winners of this year’s Sibert Honor Award – Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann.
Featured Books/Bookmark – Sibert Award
Word Search – Ocean Animals (Habitat Series)
Coloring Page – Giant Squid
Video – Giant Squid
This month we are learning about the different children’s book awards This past week we talked about the Caldecott Award (award given to the illustrator of the best picture book) and read one of this year’s honor award winners They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel. After reading the book, we talked about how the cat looked different from each animals point of view . We used prior knowledge about the animals to explain why they perceived the cat as shown by the illustrator.
Featured Books – Caldecott Award
Printable – Draw a cat /Color a Cat
Computer – They All Saw a Cat Song – Emily Arrow
Additional Resources – They All Saw a Cat