Week 14! Two more weeks until Winter Break!
A shorter week for me. J-girl had no school on Thursday (conferences); therefore, I took the day and was off with her.
Kindergarten: New author! Peter Brown! YAY!
We talked a lot about perspective using Brown’s illustrations, especially when Chowder was using the far-out sellarscope to look at the animals in the Critter Corral. This was also a good story to talk about problem and solution – specifically, the problem when Chowder was stuck in the tree and the possible solutions.
Nonfiction connection: 600’s = pets. The K’s do love their doggie & kitty books!
Students also worked as a class at locating Brown’s books on the library shelf. A tricky skill, but something to work on (and on and on).
2nd grade: WCCPBA nominee Sea Otter by Suzi Eszerhas
A nonfiction, narrative book detailing the life of a baby sea otter.
Our thinking question of the week was a real conversation-starter: What challenges would a baby sea otter face if it lived in an aquarium (or zoo)?
Students listened very carefully to the story and had to assimilate and apply information to make a sound statement. They came up with 4 reasons, each supported with evidence from the text. Nice!
4th grade: NW Coastal Peoples and Myths
A quick recap of our lesson last week – with a reflection ticket – to assess if the story/lesson had impact began the lesson. Three yes/no questions later = students shared library learning at home over Thanksgiving break! Students also got to watch the Flipgrid videos after check-out.
THIS WEEK started with the reading of a few student summaries from the Kids Discover magazine articles that highlighted the importance of storytelling and myths in the NW culture. Then, two movie clips: one that explained the purpose of myths in the NW culture, the other being a full myth. Each video was about 5 minutes each. This lesson is extending/supporthing the SS/Literacy work in the classrooms! Students will continue this work next week with another NW creation myth.