After winning The Art of Vocabulary in the Library Education Foundation grant this year, the kids have put new vocabulary words to use as they draw at the end of library class. What a fun way to learn new words!
April is National Poetry Month! Third through fifth grades had fun in the Jackson Library writing Spring poems! Some wrote diamante poems about the atmosphere layers, some wrote acrostics in English, and some wrote Spanish acrostics. We used kite templates (see TPT links below) so we could post them on the library windows. The kids had fun writing the poems!
Last week in the Jackson Library, first graders had fun reading a silly story. During the video of the read aloud It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny (No es facil ser un conejito), the kids actively listen for why the bunny did not like being a bear, pig, etc. and drew a picture about what was bad about being that animal. There is no snake in the story, so they had to imagine what would be bad about being a snake and draw the bunny doing that in the last box.
Today in the Jackson Library, fifth graders practiced using active voice during writing. First, we read Chall’s Up North at the Cabin. During the story, I pointed out the author’s use of active voice, personification, and imagery. I used Jeff Anderson’s Patterns of Power book, lesson 6.5. Then the kids used a Seesaw template I created to sort sentences from the story by active or passive voice. After that, I gave them dry erase boards and they wrote an active voice sentence about the school camping trip. As you can see, it rained during most of camp this year!
Jeff Anderson – Patterns of Power- 6.5 What Do Verbs Do? Finding Your Active Voice
“The sunshine sits in my lap…”
“The river spills over rocks and whispers to me…”
“The [boat’s] motor sputters softly, waiting…”
“The boat roars forward…”
“blood thumps through my head…”
“when frosted windows cloud the sun”
Puddles of ink stained the blank paper.
Little dots of paint sketch a beautiful dog.
I just ordered the bilingual edition of the book but it hasn’t shipped yet, so I talked to our bilingual team leader and we guessed at how to translate this lesson for the bilingual kids:
El libro fue liedo por Juan.
Juan lee el libro.
Last week in the Jackson Library, kindergarten learned facts about the bumblebee bat and used a Seesaw template I created to label the bat. The bilingual students used the Spanish words. This book won the Theodor Seuss Geisel award.
Last week, I created my first Seesaw activity! (link below) After reading The Wonky Donkey and singing the song, the first graders had to think of a NEW flaw for the donkey. They used Seesaw in pairs to draw their wonkier donkey and they used the microphone to tell about its new flaw. They had a blast!