Short, 3-day week for students, the book fair was delivered and set up, and I was observed by an instructional mentor / mentee pair from the district. And it was C-O-L-D outside!
Kindergarten: Week 2 of a Jon Klassen author/illustrator study.
We began by rereading a line from I Want My Hat Back, when snake says, “I have seen a hat once. It was blue and round.” I wondered to the students if Klassen knew he was going to write another hat-themed story when he wrote those words, when show the back cover of This Is Not My Hat. While reading, there is a lot of discussion about the eyes of the big fish and what they tell the reader: asleep, awake, curious, angry. We also discuss how the little fish, who narrates the entire story, isn’t present for a number of pages at the beginning: Where is he? Why isn’t he here? I finished by sharing a photo of me, Mac Barnett and Jon at ALA in Vegas. The students guessed which man was Jon based on the hat: they knew he liked to write stories with hats, so they predicted he was the person in the hat!
2nd grade: Sophie’s Squash, Rotten Pumpkins, and planting pumpkins!
4th grade: Final week of NW Coastal Peoples note-taking! Hooray!
This week, students took their key words and wrote summaries. We discussed having a good lead-in sentence that introduced the audience to the subject and topic (i.e., NW Native Americans and Land & Salmon). We worked together to create a good intro for my notes, then I sent the students off to write their own summaries. Overall, very successful!