Library Lesson: April 28 – May 2, 2014

The days are rushing by!  Here are last week’s lessons.  Interested in more details?  Email or comment below!

Kindergarten:  Introduction to folklore unit.  This will take 4-6 weeks.

One of my favorite parts of this unit is incorporating the world carpet map.  Each week, the K’s will locate where we live on the map as well as the locations of the folktales we’ve read.  The large arrow points to WA state, and the folktale is placed on its country/continent.  I model this skill during week 1, then the K’s take over for the duration of the unit.WP_20140502_0032nd grade:  Culminating poetry activity.  Using Once I Ate a Pie and I Didn’t Do It as inspiration, each class writes a dog poem based on a photograph.  Here’s the photo they used:


Isn’t this puppy adorable?  Can you imagine what he’s thinking?  What he likes / dislikes?  This photo is courtesy of a former student, who shared it with me last year (and ended up sparking the idea for this lesson).

This is what each class had to start:


They brainstormed, I wrote.

Then, they took the words and wrote the poem from the dog’s point of view.  Here are their creations!  Messy, but complete.  They will be displayed in our hall to share with the entire school.

So impressive, 2nd graders!  What creative, critical thinking you demonstrated!

3rd grade:  Genre – mystery.  Using my all-time favorite picture book mystery – The Mystery of Eatum Hall – students have to answer the question: “What happened to the wolf?”

Using claim evidence reasoning, they made a claim – I think the wolf got baked into the pie – then back it up with evidence from the story.  There is SO much evidence to use, too.  Illustrations are the hero of this picture book!  I stop the story one page from the end – here:


Another question to ask: “The wolf’s plan was to eat Glenda and Horace (the pig and goose).  Why did his plan fail?”  Again, the illustrations tell what REALLY happens!

At the end, the mystery chapter books (so few!) were available for check-out as well.

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