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Pre-K ‘Snows’ How to Have Fun

Posted in apps, picture book lesson, and Pre-K

Both Pre-K classes had fun sequencing events in Ehlert’s book, Snowballs, last week in the Jackson Library. After we read the beginning where the author is gathering supplies and the birds are coming out, the students sequenced that part. Then they sequenced the middle where the storyteller creates the mom, dad, son, and daughter. Finally, they put the last events in order: the baby, dog, cat, and bird in the melted snow. At the tables, the kids explored the Starfall Snowman app and we watched the video on the big screen during check out. Explore more of Lois Ehlert’s fantastic book creations on the site at the bottom of this post!

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Snowball book by Ehlert
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Snowball Story Safeshare
Starfall Snowman app
Lois Ehlert site
 

Coding to Sequence a Story with Bee-Bot

Posted in first grade, picture book lesson, reading skills, and robots

Today in the Jackson Library, first graders used the Beebot robot to sequence story events in Britta Teckentrup’s book, Bee. During the story, I would pause when the bee landed somewhere and the kids had to program the bee to travel to that picture on the grid. I like how they helped each other problem solve when it didn’t go where they wanted. Great timing to honor Hour of Code this week! 

 

video made with Boomerang

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Bee Bot w 1st grade

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Bee video

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Lucia La Luchadora

Posted in apps, picture book lesson, reading skills, and second grade

Second graders had fun in the Jackson Library today with Luca la Luchadora. We read the story about how a little girl’s abuela encourages her to stand up to playground bullying by showing her a vintage luchadora costume and telling her about the legacy of the luchadora’s power. When Lucia wears the costume, she not only stands up to bullies but also rescues Coco the puppy when he is stuck on the slide. By the end of the story, she realizes that she doesn’t need a mask or costume to stand up for herself. We identified causes and effects in the story and created a Luchadora or Nino mask from Nino Wrestles the World. At the tables, they chose from either a Lucia mask or a Nino mask and decorated it. They played a fun luchadora mask game on the iPads. Thanks to Shawne Briggs, Sheffield Primary Librarian  in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, for ideas for this lesson. Check out her Wrangler Library tweets! 

Lucia la Luchadora

 

 

Curriculum Guide

Hou Chronicle Author Interview

Lucia luchadora mask – drawing attempt by AK

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Crazy Masks app

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Nino Activities

Masks

Niño mask

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Monster Trucks!

Posted in apps, first grade, holiday, and picture book lesson

Monster trucks, no literally, monsters driving trucks, invaded the library last week! We read Joy Keller’s fun book, Monster Trucks, and matched the specific monster with its truck: the ogre was in charge of the wrecking ball, the werewolf used the digging machine to dig up prehistoric bones, and the yeti ran the snowplow. The kids love this book! At the tables, they controlled their own trucks to build a house of their choosing with Sago Mini Trucks and Diggers. During check out, we watched Jon Scieszka’s Smash! Crash! 

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Texting Story with The Widow’s Broom

Posted in apps, fifth grade, holiday, picture book lesson, and TTESS 1819

Fifth graders “gathered around the fire, where embers of a dying flame glowed upon the hearth” (to quote from our story) in the Jackson Library this week. They huddled around the imaginary fire to hear a spooky story that is also a mystery to solve, The Widow’s Broom by Chris van Allsburg. We tacked STAAR strategies like using context clues, making inferences, and mapping the broom’s character traits. At the tables, the kids had a choice to use Texting Story to re-create a text message ‘conversation’ between two of the characters or to use Toontastic to animate one section of the story. They had fun and were so creative!

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Teacher’s Guide for The Widow’s Broom

Widows Broom II questions

TEK 6: Reading Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction: Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to:

A) describe the incidents that advance the story or novel, explaining how each incident gives rise to foreshadow future events

B) explain the roles and functions of characters in various plots, including their relationships and conflicts

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Creepy Carrots!

Posted in holiday, picture book lesson, second grade, and TTESS 1819

Second graders came to the Jackson Library today and had fun with an October classic, Creepy Carrots! We discussed cause and effect, read the story, and they identified causes and effects involving Jasper the rabbit. Sometimes they had to identify the cause and sometimes the effect.

CAUSE                                                         EFFECT

Jasper started taking carrots                   The carrots began to follow him

Jasper had nightmares.                            He called his dad in his bedroom.

Jasper was worried.                                  He devised a plan/idea.

Jasper built a fence.                                  The carrots were happy.

At the computer station, the kids played Carrot Crave on the Cool Math website. 

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Creepy Carrots

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Carrot Crave

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Be sure to get the sequel to Creepy Carrots, Creepy Pair of Underwear! Out now! 

 

Fright School!

Posted in apps, first grade, holiday, picture book lesson, and reading skills

Last week in the Jackson Library, first graders had fun with a new spooky story, Fright School, by Janet Lawler. There are excellent vocabulary words in the story, so I created an interactive poster with words and corresponding pictures. We used context and the fun illustrations to determine the meanings of the words. During check out, we had fun with Amanda Noll’s I Need My Monster interactive storybook app and no spooky library lesson would be complete without doing The Monster Shuffle dance at the end!

words studied: scolds, seeping, relish, foul, clutch, quake, peer

 

 Fright School

Author site, video, quiz

Fright School lesson

I Need My Monster book app

Janet Lawler’s site

Interstellar Cinderella

Posted in apps, fourth grade, picture book lesson, and TTESS 1819

In the Jackson Library, fourth graders read Interstellar Cinderella on the big screen and made predictions, pre-loaded vocabulary (video of socket wrench in action), observed foreshadowing by the author (Why did the author have Cinderella put the socket wrench in her pocket?) (How will Cinderella escape from the attic?), used context clues, and made comparisons to the original fairy tale. Then I paired the students to take a Kahoot! quiz. 

Interstellar Cinderella

 

Interstellar Cinderella

RIF Guide for Educators- includes vocabulary

TEK 6; Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction: Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to:

A) sequence and summarize the plot’s main events and explain their influence on future events

B) describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo

Kahoot! Game Assessment
 

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Oh No!

Posted in first grade, picture book lesson, and technology

First graders enjoyed the fun read aloud, Oh No! in the Jackson Library. We predicted which animal was making the BA-BOOM! noise when it walked and then predicted what the animals would say when the tiger wanted help out of the hole. At the tables, the kids rotated on tablets to learn more about animals on the savannah with the app, Savanna Adventures.

 

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Kinder Solves a Rhyme Crime

Posted in apps, kindergarten, picture book lesson, and reading skills

Kindergarteners at Jackson became sleuths this week when we read the famous artist Jon Burgerman’s book, Rhyme Crime. They laughed out loud at the funny drawings and rhyming pairs in the book. When Hammy’s hat was swapped for a cat, the kids had to come to the poster put the cat on Hammy’s head. They loved solving the riddle of how the thief escaped jail at the end!  We played the Partners in Rhyme app during check out. After check out, we played Jack Hartmann’s fun interactive rhyming game! 

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rhyme crime

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Q and A w Jon Burgerman

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