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4th Grade Color Poems

Posted in fourth grade, picture book lesson, poetry, and writing

Fourth graders were inspired by a read aloud from the Eric Carle book, What’s Your Favorite Color? I found this gem at the last year’s Scholastic book fair. After reading the story, the kids thought about their favorite color and used my template to brainstorm how their color might sound, taste, and feel. I love the imagery they used! As they wrote, we played the video of Hailstones and Halibut Bones for more ideas, since it has a similar theme. 

 

 

4th color poems
color poem

Student Template: Color Poem

Wadin: Hailstones inspired

Green Example: Read Write Think

Hailstones and Halibut Bones

Tracking a Hurricane

Posted in current events, fifth grade, picture book lesson, science, and social-emotional learning

A couple of weeks ago when there were five tropical systems developing in the gulf, fifth graders at Jackson tracked a hurricane. Before the story, we discussed New Orleans and listened to Louis Armstrong music.  After reading A Storm Called Katrina, we discussed empathy and what the victims of Hurricane Katrina had to endure. We read the endpapers of the book that showed pictures of actual victims and the dog that inspired the dog with the red ball in the book. Then we used the NOAA site to track Hurricane Katrina. The kids loved the book so much they applauded at the end!

 

hurricane katrina

storm called katrina book

Hurricane Tracking 
NOAA

Track that Hurricane

Hurricane Tracking -clearer

NOAA chart

Hurricanes now 2019

Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong- cornet music

Aim a Hurricane game

 

ALA Lessons on Natural Disasters
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Louis Armstrong’s Influence
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News Reports: Hurricane Katrina
Game
create a 'cane

The Wonky Donkey and Seesaw

Posted in bilingual, first grade, picture book lesson, technology, and TTESS 1819

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!

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wonky donkey alina celester

Exploring Animals with Pebble Go: English and Spanish

Posted in first grade, picture book lesson, and technology

First graders enjoyed the award winning read aloud, Oh No! by Fleming and Rohmann. They predicted what would happen at the end of the story and who came to rescue the animals. At the tables, they watched the book trailer, sequenced the animals (sheet below),  and rotated on the computers to explore animal information on Pebble Go in English and Spanish. PebbleGo is one of our district databases.  The kids can listen to the sounds, read short text, and watch videos to go with each animal. After check out, they watched a San Diego zoo video about tigers. Fun!

 

oh no

 

Oh No! student sheet

 

Thomas the tiger video
video

 

Oh No! story and PebbleGo database

This is a Moose…Or Is It?

Posted in apps, fifth grade, picture book lesson, reading skills, technology, and writing

Last week in the Jackson Library, fifth graders studied characters by their appearance, actions, and dialogue in the book, This is a Moose. After the story, they used a Seesaw activity I created to complete a bubble map describing the character(s) of their choice. They were allowed to use two physical attributes and the rest were to be personality traits. Check out their awesome work!

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Character Trait Bubble Map Seesaw Activity

director bubble map
 

grandma bubble map

moose bubble map

moose's friends bubble map

 

Lucia la Luchadora

Posted in bilingual, picture book lesson, reading skills, second grade, social-emotional learning, and writing

One book we are reading to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the Jackson Library is Lucia la Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza. Last week, the second graders identified causes and effects in the story. Since the boys teased Lucia, she asked her abuela for help. When she wore the luchadora costume and mask, she had the courage to rescue Coco from the top of the slide. We discussed stereotypes and assumptions people make about appearances and how to overcome those with inner confidence and strength. After the story, the kids wrote a sentence about what some people perceive as a limitation, and then wrote what they CAN do despite that perception. This great idea is from Ms. Rodrigo’s Twitter feed! Finally, they colored their own Nino (from Yuyi Morales’ Nino Wrestles the World book) or Lucia la Luchadora (mask drawn by me) to take home to finish. 

review

Curriculum Guide

Hou Chronicle Author Interview

Lucia luchadora mask – drawing attempt by AK

Niño mask

Nino Activities

Lucia la Luchadora sentence strip I can activity

 

bil Lucia La Luchadora sentences

Lesson idea from Ms. Rodrigo’s Twitter Feed

sent strip 1

Check out Cynthia Leonor Garza’s new book about Lucia!

 

Kitten’s First Full Moon

Posted in kindergarten, and picture book lesson

Last week in the Jackson Library, kindergarteners listened to the story, Kitten’s First Full Moon by Henkes. During the story, they had to identify picture cause and effect events. At the tables, they matched the events again and watched two video versions of the book. They love this instant classic book!

Kitten's first full moon

 

Kitten’s First Full Moon

Kitten’s First Full Moon -Henkes – Safeshare video

kitten cause effect stu sheet

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