Friday, October 23, 2015

Grade 2 Pumpkin Jack

Today in library we read Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell.

 A great story about a boy who doesn't want to let his pumpkin, Jack, go or rot. After reading the book we discussed possible locations for the setting focusing on evidence from text. 
Next we added a little science into library. We have a pumpkin that I left the seeds in and added soil and water. The students made a prediction as to whether the pumpkin will mold or sprout first. The class was split. 5 thought it would sprout and 4 thought it would sprout. We can't wait to see what will happen! 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It's Not Fair! GRA Week 3

First graders are having so much with the Global Read Aloud! This week we read It's Not Fair! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. We discussed the following questions:
What can you do instead of complaining, “That’s not fair!”?
Why do you think the author wrote this book?
Is it ever right to insist, "It's Not Fair!"

We then used a list of Halloween Nouns to come up with some scary examples of It's Not Fair! Here's what they came up with!
Why does she get to stir the witches brew?
Jack o’ lantern 
Why does he get the brighter lantern? Why does he get a spookier face?
Why is he a longer ghost? Why I am not invisible?
Why does he get bigger wings? Why does he get longer fingerbones?
Why does he get more candy? Why is he sweeter? Why don’t they give out vegetables (or crackers)?
Why does he get more teeth? Why does he get bigger fangs? Why does he get all the blood? Why does he get a bigger coffin?
Haunted House 
Why does he get more cobwebs? Why does he get all the ghosts?
Why does he get more webs?
Why does she get all the toilet paper?
Black cat 
Why does he get all the claws? Why does he get all the legs? Why does he get bigger paws?

If you'd like to add more check out our padlet:

Monday, October 19, 2015

It's Not Fair! - 5th and 6th Grade

Take a look at the inside of the front and back covers of It's Not Fair by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Work with your partner to answer the following questions.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Duck! Rabbit! GRA Week 2

First graders continued on with the Global Read Aloud project.  This week we read Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  This is such a fun book to read aloud! What a great way to discuss opinions with the students.

Then they participated in a class poll to see how many students thought it was a duck or a rabbit. They scanned a QR Code to get to the poll.  Check out the results:
We then participated in the Official GRA Poll. We can't wait to see the results at the end of the week. We also connected with other students by sharing our opinions on this padlet.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Grade 1 Global Read Aloud

First graders are participating in the Global Read Aloud (GRA) project this year!  We are taking part in the Amy Krouse Rosenthal author study. The first book we read was Chopsticks. If you are looking to laugh out loud definitely read this book!  To connect with other students we answered some questions on Twitter (using Mrs. Fuller's account).  We also used Padlet to connect with some students not too far from us. You can see that here.  We are looking forward to making more connections!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Grade 3 Global Read Aloud!

This year third graders are participating in the Global Read Aloud (GRA). In class with Mrs. Look and during their time in library we will be reading and chatting (or you might call it blogging) with third grade students in Woolwich and Phippsburg. This year's book is The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. We kicked off the GRA by blogging with our new friends to introduce ourselves and make a prediction about the book. Take a look at the blog: to see what we are chatting about.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Grade K Leaf Man

In kindergarten library we read one of my fall favorites, Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.  The students loved seeing where Leaf Man would go and especially all the leaf creatures he encountered. As a way to respond to literature they worked on creating their own leaf man.