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Stubby the Dog Soldier Lesson

Posted in holiday, and narrative nonfiction lesson

This week in the Jackson Library to honor Veterans Day, third graders are reading a narrative nonfiction story about Stubby the Dog Soldier

Stubby the Dog Soldier book
Stubby puzzle
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Stubby puzzle ans key


Stubby stu made video


More About Stubby

Connecticut Military Site
more about Stubby

Check out more books in the Capstone “Animal Heroes” series! 

Capstone Animal Hero series


Want to make your own crossword puzzle? Use Discovery Education’s free puzzlemaker!


Learning About Mae Jemison

Posted in first grade, and holiday

Last week in the Jackson Library, first graders learned about Mae Jemison from the book, Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed. I like how it is a biography written like a narrative for the younger reader. It talks about not letting anyone deter you from reaching your goals and dreaming big dreams. After the story, the kids put together a little booklet about Mae’d accomplishments (from The Mailbox). Follow Roda here!  #BlackHistoryMonth


Mae Among the Stars

Mae Among the Stars Lesson

Mae AMong the Stars YouTube

Little Booklet
Roda Ahmed
Photo credit Todd Overman


Roda’s Website

Roda Ahmed, author

Pre-K Black History Month Sing Along

Posted in bilingual, holiday, Pre-K, and Social Studies

Pre-K created an African American musician “quilt” in the Jackson Library! As they worked, we talked about Nina Simone and played her “I’m Feeling Good” song. Then we used Liz Buchanan‘s primary version of the song as a chant for the kids to sing the “I’m Feeling Good” lyric at the end of each line while they worked. Fun! Thanks to Liz for adapting the song (linked below) to make it choral for Pre-K! They sang ‘I’m feeling good’ for the second part of each verse. The kids loved it. I found a Spanish version of the original song for the bilingual Pre-K class to sing.  I have a note to purchase the Nina Simone: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist book for next year!

nina simone pk lesson

nina simone lesson

Nina Simone redeaux

Nina Simone lesson pk
Nina Simone – Wikimedia Commons

Nina Simone Lesson PK

Spanish -Y me siento bien

I'm Feeling Good in Spa
Spanish version

Quilt Square Pattern for Musicians Quilt 

quilt sq pattern


Afr Amer Entertainers PK quilt

Nina Simone book
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