Week 9 = Halloween. Phew!
Kindergarten: The final week of spotlighting author/illustrator Arthur Howard.
2nd grade: As last week’s planned lesson never came to fruition, out it came this week. Bonus – the 2nd grade teachers are working on memoirs right now! Three of the classes did the claim-evidence reasoning of “Should he/she own a hamster?” as a whole-class activity, while the GESP (gifted) class did 1/2 as a class and 1/2 working either independently or with a partner. There were a total of 4 scenarios created for who should own a hamster. We read the scenario, decided what category of PebbleGo would most likely have the information, then used the information gained to make a claim, back it up with PebbleGo’s evidence, and provide reasoning. As usual, PebbleGo proved to be a brilliant source (brief, user-friendly) to use for this activity!
4th grade: Last week, one class didn’t finish the highlighting of the NW Coastal magazine article. They were tasked with finishing. Lots of modeling of appropriate highlighting was given, along with the idea that the highlighted words should still make sense when read aloud. This hint seemed to work for the students!
My other class had a special, spooky storytime: The Tailypo: a ghost story retold by Paul Galdone. It’s a creepy folktale that was perfect for the almost-Halloween time of year.
Highlighted books: New this week was the showcasing of books that matched the lesson being taught, the students interests, or the upcoming holiday, Halloween, at the end of the lesson.
- 2nd grade: booktalk – The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies. There is now a hold list over 30 students long for this book and others in the series!
- 4th / 5th grades: book trailers – Nightmares by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller and The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. The hold list is crazy-long for these two!