A short week, as we were off Monday for Veteran’s Day AND I was off to London to meet my husband and wrap up our first expat adventure (because we hope there will be more!).
Connecting books to the electronic resources in library class is a win-win. The goal was to introduce PebbleGo (and our library Symbaloo, which makes it easy to access the link for all learners). No research, only a quick highlight of what we had available to use.
Talk about bringing the fun into the library – Dinovember is something most of my grade 1 students got excited about, and it makes for an awesome 4-6 week unit. Share dinosaur stories, do dinosaur coding, research dinosaurs on PebbleGo (when we have iPads available), create dinosaur creations with pattern blocks…the ideas are endless.
With Veterans Day this week, it was the ideal time to highlight the WCCPBA website on our library Symbaloo and read Patricia McCormack’s SERGEANT RECKLESS. This nonfiction story engaged and fascinated students. Bonus: I’d already created extension activities when working with the 2019 WCCPBA books over the summer!
Books as Windows, books as Mirrors. This idea – that we can see both ourselves/our beliefs/our experiences in books as well as the lives/beliefs/experiences of people not like ourselves – is one of my big goals when working with grade 4/5 this year. This week: THOSE SHOES by Maribeth Boelts.
Knowing that I have students in 4th / 5th grade who do shop at thrift stores, I did not want to embarrass them. I did want to teach their classmates, though, that not everyone can drop $$ on shoes / clothes / vacations with little thought. Interestingly, a number of students did not know the phrase ‘thrift shop’. Further evidence that reading widely and sharing windows/mirrors stories allows all our students to either grow as citizens of the world or to feel represented in books.
Cheers, y’all! –arika
PS: Week 12 will be different, as it’s a sub week.