Third through fifth grades had fun creating ‘About Me’ Word Clouds using ABCYa in the Jackson library after orientation. Fun!
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.
English- We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
Spanish- We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
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!
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.
Lucia luchadora mask – drawing attempt by AK