Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Awards!

5th graders, that exciting time of the year is coming again!  The Caldecott and Newbery Medals will be announced next Monday and I can't wait to hear who the winners are.

In preparation for the announcement, we're going to take a peek at some past winners and practice our library locating skills.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Toys Meet Snow

2nd graders, in this wonderful picture book, we meet Lumphy, StingRay and Plastic.

Lumphy is curious and asks many questions (like "What do you think snow is, exactly") that StingRay and Plastic answer very differently.

Please pick your favorite character and describe him or her here.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

MLK Jr. Day and the ALA Youth Media Awards

4th and 5th graders, January is an important month for children's books and more! On January 16th we recognize the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and a week after that, the American Library Association Youth Media Awards will be announced.  One of those awards is given in honor of MLK and his late wife, Coretta Scott King.

Learn more about the Coretta Scott King awards, and then please answer these questions:

Monday, December 19, 2016

Great Joy!

One of my favorite holiday books is Great Joy written by Kate Dicamillo and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.

In this beautiful book, there are three very different characters: Frances, the mother, and the organ grinder.  Please use the words and illustrations of the book to help you describe your favorite character in the story.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Velveteen Rabbit

Readers, how did the Velveteen Rabbit change when he became real?  Describe him when he was a toy, and then describe him as a real rabbit. What changed?  Do you believe that he became real?  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Come to my Colony!

5th graders, you've been investigating the successes and failures of English colonists at four different colonies: Jamestown, Plymouth, Popham and Roanoke.  Now it's time to imagine that you are setting off for one of these colonies and need to rally other people to join you.

Can you convince other English people to leave their homes and set off for an adventure of a lifetime?  What specifically about your colony makes it a good risk for colonists?

We will use Explora and NearPod to gather and share our information.  

Learning Targets:
I can use print and online texts to gain new understandings.
I can draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection and research.