Friday, October 25, 2013

Week of October 14

 No double classes this week due to Columbus Day and a Superintendent Conference Day!

Kindergarten- Read Clifford’s Apple Picking Day and Clifford’s Pumpkin Patch Puppy.  Students at this age love characters they recognize, and Clifford is a big hit!  As I read the stories, we talked about things that are the same and things that are different between the stories and apples and pumpkins. Then we practiced using our new shelf markers that we made, with “mini-shelves” set up at the tables.  Students are really looking forward to getting to the shelves next week.

First- I read one of Herman Parrish’s books, Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie.  It is always fun to watch students reactions when they realize how Amelia Bedelia always misunderstands the things people say!  Then students drew pictures of an example of cause and effect from the book.

Second-  We finished reading Nate the Great and the Pillow Case.  They students are definitely enjoying the Nate the Great series! Because the Mad Libs were hard, we finished them in a large group.  The Mad lib can be found at

Third-  Last week, I read a Judy Moody Mini- Mystery that involved a penguin escaping his enclosure by climbing steps made of ice.  I told the students about a book from my childhood that it reminded me of, Big Max, the World’s Greatest Detective, where an elephant escapes the same way.  I read this book (my copy from when I was a kid!)  to them so they could compare and contrast the stories for themselves.  It was a good opportunity to show students how literature stays with you your whole life, and how treasured their childhood books can be! Students then practiced separating F, NF and E books at the tables, and then putting them in ABC order or numberical order (depending on the type of book).

Fourth- I read to fourth a book that is a favorite of mine to read at this time of year- Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, a book of poems about various monsters.  Students favorite parts are the illustrations and the fact that Phantom of the Opera keeps popping up throughout the book, with it’s a Small, Small World stuck in his head!  Students then worked in small groups to organize cards that matched the title of the poem with a summary of what the poem was about.  This was borrowed from the blog found at

Fifth-In fifth grade, we read the beginning of Origami Yoda.  We talked about how the kids in the story were using Yoda to get information and we reviewed places we can get information such as atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and even bulletin boards and interviews, and what types of information we can get from each.  Then we looked at different scenarios, using characters from the books, to decide what reference material best suited the situation. The book is already checked out and on hold by others!  This lesson can be found in Library Sparks, the August/September issue of 2013.

Sixth- Finished reading Mongoose (one class had already finished so we read a couple if Two Minute Mysteries by Sobol).  I think students were very thoughtful about the end of the story, and a bit surprised.  Then I briefly introduced a webquest where students will pick between eco-mysteries, puzzle based mysteries, or child sleuth mysteries.   This lesson can be found in Library Sparks, the August/September issue of 2013.

Quick week!