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.
Ms. Hillier’s class explored shadow stations in the Jackson Library. After reading The Black Rabbit and discussing shadows, the kids rotated through library stations.
- position the light on the rabbit like the sun is in the morning – draw the shadow
- position the light above the rabbit like it is noon – observe the shadow
- position the light like the sun is setting- draw the shadow
Station 2- Shadowbox
Materials- cut the bottom off a paperbox, wrap w butcher paper, get large lantern light, miscellaneous objects
- stu hold up objects with the light behind it
- stu take turns guessing the objects
Station 3 – Computers
Station 4- Computers – Peep Shadow Play
Third grade enjoyed the story, Goldilocks and the Three Martians, in the Jackson Library. They used context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words, and predicted what would happen to Goldilocks. When we discussed gravity, we watched it in action with a YouTube video of astronauts playing soccer aboard a spaceship. That sure is memorable! Finally, we played a Kahoot! game about the story.