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.


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.


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

Buddy files Series

 This  week we talked about ways to select books.  How do we find books that we are interested in reading? We started by watching the BrainpopJr. video called Choosing a Book (see link below).  One of the suggestions was to find another book in the same series. We talked about what a series is (books which share several similar traits, such as Author, Main Characters and Genre/Type of Book) and then read the first book in the The Buddy Files series, which is The Case of the  Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler.


Additional Activities

Featured Books  – Series (Picture Books, Easy Readers, Chapter Books)

Printables  – Golden Retriever – Enchanted Learning ,  Buddy Maze

Computer  – Choosing a Book – BrainPop jr.

Library Catalog – Series

This week we read this year’s Geisel Honor Book Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant. We reviewed  what a Series is and then demonstrated how we can use the catalog to find books in a series.  We also looked at the catalog results to see which books were available and which books were not on the shelf.

The story is about reading to pets in a library.  To view a video about reading to pets and information about Reading to Pets in the Library programs, check out my resources for this book –  Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page