Friday, February 21, 2014

Week of January 27



 Kindergarten- This was week 2 of our Bresnahan Award books.  Students heard Around One Log, by Anthony Fredericks.  This is a fun non-fiction book about all the animals whose survival depends on a rotting log.  I challenged students to notice special things about the author word choice (rhyming and repeating) and we also looked at photographs of each animal to compare/contrast if we liked the illustrations or preferred photos.  Students used these ideas to help them in their ranking of the book. 

First- This was week 2 of our Bresnahan Award books.  Students heard Around One Log, by Anthony Fredericks.  This is a fun non-fiction book about all the animals whose survival depends on a rotting log.  I challenged students to notice special things about the author word choice (rhyming and repeating) and we also looked at photographs of each animal to compare/contrast if we liked the illustrations or preferred photos.  Students used these ideas to help them in their ranking of the book.  Some classes also had enough time left over to watch Bugs, Bugs, Bugs (by Barner) on Bookflix.

Second- This was week 2 of our Bresnahan Award books.  Students heard Around One Log, by Anthony Fredericks.  This is a fun non-fiction book about all the animals whose survival depends on a rotting log.  I challenged students to notice special things about the author word choice (rhyming and repeating) and we also looked at photographs of each animal to compare/contrast if we liked the illustrations or preferred photos.  Students used these ideas to help them in their ranking of the book.  Some classes also had enough time left over to finish their research on Einstein, using PebbleGo.

Third- This was week 2 of our Bresnahan Award books.  Students heard Around One Log, by Anthony Fredericks.  This is a fun non-fiction book about all the animals whose survival depends on a rotting log.  I challenged students to notice special things about the author word choice (rhyming and repeating) and we also looked at photographs of each animal to compare/contrast if we liked the illustrations or preferred photos.  Students used these ideas to help them in their ranking of the book.  Some classes also had enough time left over to work on their subject words for the 100’s section they have chosen in the Dewey Decimal system.

Fourth Grade- Two classes heard Around One Log and recorded their scores.  They then both  worked on their research projects (biocubes on American Revolution figures or note taking on Noodletools on science topics).  One class did not hear the story, but instead spent their library time working on their research projects (a newspaper article about an American Revolution person or event).

Fifth Grade- Students continued researching the Greek god or goddess they chose, using Grolier database, Mr. Donn’s website, or books in the library.

Sixth Grade- Students continued working in Noodletools to summarize an article from newsela.com.  They have learned to create a project, share the project, paste parts of the article into the “Quotation” part of the card, and summarize in the “Paraphrase” part of the card.