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The Monsterator Retellings

Posted in apps, holiday, picture book lesson, reading skills, technology, and third grade

Last week in the Jackson Library, third graders used Google’s Toontastic app to retell the story, The Monsterator by Keith Graves.  This app is great because it is free, it allows them to draw their own setting and characters, it offers them options to customize their music and record their voice, and it even adds scrolling movie credits.  Check out their creations!

Toontastic
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Monsterator
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The-Monsterator-Vocabulary-Quiz1

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Keith Graves’ Art Site
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Boo Haikus! 2021

Posted in displays and deco, fifth grade, holiday, how to, picture book lesson, poetry, technology, and writing

Last week, in the Jackson Library, fifth graders had fun writing spooky haikus! This idea is from the book, Boo! Haiku. To get our brains warmed up, I showed the kids some student samples from a couple of years ago and then had them draw a spooky scene.  Thinking about how to describe the scene helped the kids to get ideas for their haiku. The bilingual classes chose to write in English or Spanish. Other helpful tips:  scatter SPOOKY words1spookywords2 on the tables as vocabulary enhancers, don’t ‘require’ use of the form/template- many kids wanted to write their poem rough draft right next to their drawing… Check out their spoooky creations! 

boo haiku
Review

5th grade boo haikus 2021

Eng. stu sheet
Student sheet- Eng.

MODIFY LESSON: SPOOKY words1

spookywords2

 

Stu Sheet Spanish
Stu Sheet Spanish

Spa haiku sample

 

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stu boo haikus 2021
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More books by Deanna Caswell
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Note on how to embed a Google Doc popout:
Share your Google Doc.
Go to the three dots at the top.
Choose ‘open in new window’- this used to be called ‘pop out’
open goo doc in new window
Then choose: embed item
choose pop out
Copy the embed code URL
embed code
Change the ‘height’ to a larger number so more of the document can be viewed at once:
I think I made the height of this one 3000

Tracking a Hurricane

Posted in current events, fifth grade, picture book lesson, and science

Fifth graders learn how to track a hurricane after reading A Storm Called Katrina. We discussed Louis Armstrong and listened to his cornet skills.  I showed them some elephant ear plants and we discussed why we are reading this story now and not in January. We talked about coordinates and mapped out Katrina’s path.  The author’s use of imagery and foreshadowing was the reading focus of the lesson. We discussed what a levee is and showed photos of a levee break. The kids turned and talked with each other at their tables about the one thing they would grab if their home was about to flood. The author is very good at making the reader empathize with Louis and his family. You could tell the kids were really thinking about what the people in Louisiana had to endure and the resilience of the parishes rebuilding after every disaster. 

 

 

storm called katrina book
Review

photos Katrina lesson

Reading TEKS

elephant ear plants

discussion

 

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Tracking  a Hurricane

Teacher’s Guide

Read Aloud on Safeshare

Hurricane Tracking 

Track that Hurricane

Hurricane Tracking clearer

NOAA chart – use for copy center

Hurricanes now 2019

Aim a Hurricane game

Second Grade Shadow Stations

Posted in science, and second grade

Ms. Hillier’s class explored shadow stations in the Jackson Library. After reading The Black Rabbit and discussing shadows, the kids rotated through library stations.

The Black RabbitClick for Review

SHADOW STATION TEKS
Science TEKS

shadow stations

The Black Rabbit Read Aloud

My Shadow Stations Questions

Station 1 – sun simulation
Materials – rabbit stuffed animal, flashlight, Black Rabbit Stu Sheet AK

  • position the light on the rabbit like the sun is in the morning – draw the shadow
  • position the light above the rabbit like it is noon – observe the shadow
  • position the light like the sun is setting- draw the shadow

Station 2- Shadowbox 

Materials- cut the bottom off a paperbox, wrap w butcher paper, get large lantern light, miscellaneous objects

  • stu hold up objects with the light behind it
  • stu take turns guessing the objects

Station 3 – Computers

shadow computer game

Station 4- ComputersPeep Shadow Play

 

My Google Site Shadow Stations from when I was at Ogle

Nancy Jo Lambert Shadow Stations Site

Guess the Shadow Video

 

Lindsey Stirling Shadow Song
Lindsey Stirling Shadow Song

 

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