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Author: Amy Kincaid

Groundhog Day Fun

Posted in holiday, kindergarten, picture book lesson, and seasonal books

Last week in the Jackson Library, kindergarten had fun creating Groundhog Day puppets- see pattern below. First graders practiced listening and sequencing with Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off. Did you know that Plano ISD has a subscription to Tumblebooks? The Spanish version of this story is featured on Tumblebooks. Maybe Tumblebooks will add the English version of this story next year. As students listened to the story, they drew lines to match the gifts all of the animals gave to Mr. Groundhog for his big day.  

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Groundhog facts video

Grumpy Groundhog Read Aloud


Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off Eng

Spanish: Tumblebook



Groundhog-Wants-the-Day-Off stu sheet




dia de Marmota libro




Dear Basketball Revisited 2022

Posted in fifth grade, games, poetry, and writing

This week in the Jackson Library, fifth grade read Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball poem (we used MrsBlewettELA’s TPT Questions) and watched the Oscar-winning short animated movie.  Fifth graders wrote a letter to SOMETHING they love. If they wrote a poem, they wadded up some paper to shoot a basket into the trash can. This idea is from Michael Bonner. Fun! 

Embedded: Arthur, Garcia classes

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Arthur Garcia 5 poems
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Kuwitzky Valentin Burkhead poems

Dear Basketball film
Dear Basketball short film

Dear Basketball website

LINK to 2020 Lesson


Bonner quote














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