Library Lessons: May 11-15, 2015: Folktales, Fables, Biographies!

This was a week of continuation for all grades, as we are in the midst of extended learning.

Kindergarten: Week 4 of our Folktales Around the World lesson.  This week: Margaret Read MacDonald’s The Squeaky Door, which is based on a Puerto Rican folk song.


The K’s *love* the choral reading aspect, chiming in with Little Boy’s common refrains of “No, not me!” and “Yes! Yes! Yes!”.  This folktale’s problem – a boy can’t sleep with a squeaky door – is always discussed, as is an appropriate solution to the problem.  Adding animals to the bed won’t solve a squeaky door!

2nd grade: Comparing illustrations of fables:  “The Ant and the Grasshopper” (Snead) and “Belling the Cat” (Pinkney).  Looking at illustrations of fables from 3 variants – Pinkney’s Aesop’s Fables, Snead’s Aesop’s Fables, and Wormell’s Mice, Morals and Monkey Business – students listen to ONE fable, then use text/illustration evidence to prove/disprove which illustration matches best.  C-E-R, folks!

Comparing student’s Claim-Evidence-Reasoning to the work of a detective (who looks for evidence everywhere) or a lawyer (who tries to prove why something CAN’T be) worked well and sparked some great debate.20150514_152952691_iOS

4th grade: Mighty Jackie, Fact or Fiction?

After listening to last week’s story – and listing statements that could be proven true/false – we worked as a class to access the local public library’s databases and find a newspaper from April 1931, when Jackie was to have pitched versus the NY Yankees.

We read headlines, dates, captions and text of 2 NY Times articles to discover that yes, Jackie Mitchell DID pitch and strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Interesting side note – we ended up teaching the game of baseball (balls/strikes, umpires, teams, etc) to the handful of students who had no idea. Thankful for the OTHER handful of students who were baseball experts and helped in explaining!


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