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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 words1 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

spooky words2

 

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

Bunny Fun

Posted in bilingual, first grade, and picture book lesson

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. 

 

Eng bunny
click for video- English

English

Bunny E – student  sheet

Spanish

Bunny S – stu sheet

Spa bunny
click for video- Spanish

bunny lesson

APRIL

 

 

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates – Los compañeros no se comen

Posted in books online, character education, picture book lesson, second grade, and social-emotional learning

Last week in the Jackson Library, both English and Spanish-speaking second graders had fun with a silly book! We watched the English and Spanish videos for the book, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates- Los compañeros no se comen and then drew a picture of something we can do to demonstrate being a good friend.

 

We Dont eat our classmates eng spa

We Don't Eat our...activity tpt

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English- We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

WE Don't Eat Our Classmates eng

Spanish- We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

Los Compañeros No Se Comen

 

Spa We Don't Eat our Classmates

 

Exploring The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

Posted in fifth grade, picture book lesson, and reading skills

This week in the Jackson Library, fifth graders explored the fascinating picture book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.  First, we discussed topiaries and looked at pictures.  Then we discussed foreshadowing and prepared ourselves to find how Van Allsburg uses the literary technique in his book.  During the story, we completed the puzzle and discussed the vocabulary words.  During check out, the kids rotated on the computers to play a Quizdini game about the book. After the story, the kids had to decide if the magician tricked Alan or if he really knew magic. It looks like FOX/Disney might be adapting the book into a movie version soon!

Garden Abdul cover
Review
Gasazi puzzle
puzzle

Gasazi puzzle key

5th Gasazi lesson

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Garden of Abdul Gasazi Safeshare video 
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Houghton Mifflin Teacher’s Guide
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Quizdini
game

 

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CVA
Frequently Asked Questions

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news article
click to find out more

 

Our ‘Expert’ Alphabet Books

Posted in nonfiction lesson, picture book lesson, and writing

In the fall, fifth graders had fun sharing their ‘expert knowledge’ on different topics by creating an alphabet book. Since I started taking guitar lessons on Zoom last July, I created a sample ‘book’ to use as a model and then also shared the book, Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! A Gamer’s Alphabet by Chris Barton. They had fun and we all learned so much!

Based on the book:

attack boss cheat code
click to go to Chris Barton’s site

 

Samples

Student Book Excerpts
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Story from Space! Kahoot Remote Learning!

Posted in games, how to, picture book lesson, and reading skills

Did you know? You can assign a Kahoot game to be played when students have time during remote learning? Did you know? Astronauts provide read alouds in space! Here’s the info: 

Story Time from Space

Here’s an astronaut reading the book: If I Were an Astronaut.

Story Time from Space: If I Were an Astronaut read aloud

Here’s how to play the asynchronous Kahoot game:

kahoot

  1. Log in to your Kahoot account.
  2. Create the Kahoot
  3. Synchronous:  Choose for virtual classrooms 
  4. Asychronous: Choose for self-paced learningKahoot synchronous or asynchronous
  5. Choose the start end date time frame. Choose other settings. Make sure it says ‘Challenge’ instead of ‘Game’. Challenge means on their own time and Game is to play live. 

Assign challenge time frame due dates

6. Copy the URL to give to the kids. 

 

copy the URL to send to the kids

 

Here’s the game I made for the kids to play to go with If I Were an Astronaut:

Asynchronous Kahoot game for If I Were an Astronaut
If I Were an Astronaut quiz

astronaut read aloud

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