Wednesday, January 3, 2018
After reading Scaredy Squirrel I read a nonfiction book about flying squirrels. We learned all kinds of facts about flying squirrels, and saw some cool features like a glossary, diagram and a map. We compared the photos in each book–the picture book had cartoonish drawings and the nonfiction book had photographs. Also, we learned that flying squirrels were nocturnal (even though Scaredy Squirrel would go to bed every night at 8:00 pm).
I loved that the first graders wanted to check out the other books in the series during checkout. More information about Scaredy Squirrel series can be found at http://www.scaredysquirrel.com.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
We talked about fairy tales in Kindergarten, and how the stories usually begin with "Once upon a time" and end up "and they all lived happily ever after." We read Little Red Riding Hood a few weeks ago, and this week we read about the Three Little Pigs. I have a fun version of the book which includes a mini stage and finger puppets of the 3 pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. Students were encouraged to recreate the story with the puppets and also with some felt pieces from the story. Other students challenged themselves to create a nice strong house of bricks from blocks.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
I've created various LEGO Challenges for students to complete, and they were excited to dive right in! One challenge is to create book characters out of LEGO. I printed some samples to guide them, including Mo Willem's Pigeon, The Gruffalo, The Cat in the Hat, the Sneetches, and the Hungry Caterpillar. Other challenges include replicating various landmarks from around the world (Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Pyramids, etc.). Fun! Below are photos of third grade girls recreating Olivia, and two students making the Pigeon!
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall is one of the March Madness selections in the picture book bracket. In the story, Jabari is afraid to jump off the (very) high diving board, and after some encouragement from his father and some deep breaths, he goes through with his dive. It was a great example of a character facing his fears! After reading it, I challenged students to construct their own high diving board out of legos, Lincoln Logs, popsicle sticks, or K'nex. They were up for the task and did a spectacular job!