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Month: October 2018

Spooky Fun with Pre-K

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Today Pre-K came to the library to interact with a brand new touch-and-feel spooky book, I Dare You! by Nicole Maubert.  It’s frighteningly festive! The pages have adorable ‘spooky creatures’ with texture to touch. They get to peek under a bed, touch a sticky snake tongue, and feel a furry spider! They had a blast!

At the tables, the kids created unique monster creations with Mo Willem’s Mo on the Go app: Leo’s Monster Maker. They turn the boxes to change the monster top, middle, and bottom body parts to make a fun new creature. The author Mo Willems even put his own face as a choice for one of the faces! Fun!


I dare you book

never touch a monster book

I Dare You! PK Lesson

mo's monster maker app


Interstellar Cinderella

Posted in apps, picture book lesson, and TTESS 1819

In the Jackson Library, fourth graders read Interstellar Cinderella on the big screen and made predictions, pre-loaded vocabulary (video of socket wrench in action), observed foreshadowing by the author (Why did the author have Cinderella put the socket wrench in her pocket?) (How will Cinderella escape from the attic?), used context clues, and made comparisons to the original fairy tale. Then I paired the students to take a Kahoot! quiz. 

Interstellar Cinderella


Interstellar Cinderella

RIF Guide for Educators- includes vocabulary

TEK 6; Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction: Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to:

A) sequence and summarize the plot’s main events and explain their influence on future events

B) describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo

Kahoot! Game Assessment

cahootkahoot pro edu


kahoot comment

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Posted in apps

Last week in the Jackson Elementary Library, first graders enjoyed a big-screen version of the Reynolds/Santat book, DUDE!  First we read it through once, looking closely at the pictures. The second time we read it, the kids held up index cards with words around it: 

Yay!   Hey…   Oh no!   Ha!   Guys…?   Hello!  What? 

When they saw the picture that went with each ‘DUDE!’ they had to interpret the ‘DUDE!’ as one of the index card phrases.  So when the animals saw the steep cliff rocks ahead when they were surfing, the kids would hold up ‘Oh no!’ as the translation for ‘DUDE!’  When two different answers emerged, we had a great discussion as to why both answers might be right. The kids LOVED this book!  At the tables during check out, we had fun with Sago Ocean.

DUDE! lesson

sago mini ocean swimmer

Oh No!

Posted in picture book lesson, and technology

First graders enjoyed the fun read aloud, Oh No! in the Jackson Library. We predicted which animal was making the BA-BOOM! noise when it walked and then predicted what the animals would say when the tiger wanted help out of the hole. At the tables, the kids rotated on tablets to learn more about animals on the savannah with the app, Savanna Adventures.


oh no


Plumply Dumply Pumpkin

Posted in apps, and holiday

Kindergarteners are welcoming October this week with the picture book, Plumply Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo.  Kids sequenced events in the story culminating with a prize-winning pumpkin in the end. At the tables, we played pumpkin weighing and carving games on the Starfall Pumpkin app. During check out, we watched the story in animated form and sang along about October with Jack Hartmann.


plumply pumpkin

plumply pumpkin pics


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