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Monster Trouble

Posted in apps, reading skills, and second grade

Second graders enjoyed a fun read aloud in the Jackson Library last week titled Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson and illustrated by Michael Robertson. We follow Winifred Schnitzel, a little girl who is not easily frightened but is annoyed by monsters interrupting her sleep. She devises several plans to deter them with one finally succeeding in the end. Great opportunities abound for students to use context and picture clues to determine the meaning of unknown words in this story. I like how the author created Winifred full of gumption and innovation and I like how the illustrator gives each monster personality and conveys a myriad of emotions Winifred has when dealing with her annoying visitors. 

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At the tables during check out, the kids enjoyed the interactive read aloud app, Even Monsters Get Sick.

Even Monsters Get Sick app

 

Michael Robertson illustration
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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

 

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Fright School lesson

I Need My Monster book app

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Halloween Motel Factile

Posted in fifth grade, games, holiday, reading skills, technology, and TTESS 1819

Last week in the Jackson Library, fifth graders played a Jeopardy-like game called Factile.

I created questions in categories based on the book, Halloween Motel, on a Jeopardy-style board. Then I purchased the Premium version of Factile to 1) print out my questions and answers and to 2) be able to play in Buzzer mode. If you use the free version, you can still play but you have to have the teams take turns or determine yourself who raised their hand first. In buzzer mode, the computer tells me who buzzed in first by putting a yellow thumbs up on that team’s avatar.

First, you open your saved game in Factile and then click ‘Buzzer Mode’. Then it generates a code like Kahoot. Give one iPad to each team captain and have them type in the code. Then you start the game and choose a category and question amount. The computer will tell you who buzzed first and then you either click the check mark to issue their points or the red x to deduct points. The kids loved it!

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TEK 2d: I can identify the meaning of common idioms in the story. 11b: I can identify details that contribute to the theme and can draw conclusions about the ending.

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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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Kahoot Assessments After Fun Read Alouds

Posted in apps, fifth grade, reading skills, third grade, and TTESS 1819

Last week in the Jackson Library, third graders played a Kahoot assessment (see links below) after our Goldilocks and the Three Martians read aloud. Fifth graders played one after our Old Henry read aloud. These assessments are not only fun, but the new Kahoot Pro! for Educators gives me an inside look at which questions were the most difficult for students which helps me to adapt my teaching to better meet students’ needs. Plus, we had lots of fun!

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.

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THIRD GRADE LESSON
Goldilocks and the Three Martians
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FIFTH GRADE LESSON

Old Henry

6.b: I can explain the roles and functions of characters…including relationships and conflicts

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Old Henry Stu Qs

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Kahoot Pro for Schools Feedback

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Ninja Boy and Second Grade

Posted in apps, reading skills, and second grade

Last week in the Jackson Library, second graders predicted what would happen to ninja boy when he tried to sneak out of his classroom in Ninja Boy Goes to School. Then we inferred about what his dad was doing when he put a large box on a high shelf…did Ninja Boy get in trouble?  The kids used picture clues and context clues to see why the author compared ninja boy to a tree, a flamingo, and a gorilla. At the tables during check out, the kids used the Ninja Sight Words app to slice the words as they heard them but to leave the other words alone. We sang “Kung Fu Fighting” to end our lesson.

 

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Ninja Boy Goes to School
Ninja Boy Goes to School

Fry Words Ninja app

Sight Words Ninja app

 

 

Rain! with Pre-K

Posted in apps, Pre-K, and reading skills

Pre-K came to the library this week and listened to a read aloud of Rain! by Stojic.  They sequenced pictures of the animals in the story and then used the Duck Duck Moose! app, The Itsy Bitsy Spider. They had to make the spider climb the waterspout and then they moved clouds in to make it rain. We listened to rain songs at the end of the lesson.

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Dot Day Google Hangout 2018

Posted in fifth grade, fun events, picture book lesson, reading skills, and technology

Ms. Shearman’s bilingual fifth graders had fun discussing Peter Reynold’s book, The Dot, with Ms. Lintelman’s bilingual fifth graders at McWhorter Elementary in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD last Thursday!  We set up Google Hangouts on my MacBook in the library to ask each other critical thinking questions about the book. It was fun getting another class’ perspective on the book. Check out our discussions below! Ms. Lintelman and I worked together to create a writing assignment the kids will share with each other. Friday was the official International Dot Day, and  both classes wrote about how they encouraged someone like Vashti did in the story or how someone encouraged them. We’re going to mail the papers so the other class can read them. We also discussed collaborating some more with these two classes later in the year. Fun!

Learn more about International Dot Day here:

Dot Day

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