Before the break second graders came to the Jackson Library to learn more about context clues. They used the words and pictures in The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck to determine the meaning of unknown words. At the computer station, the kids learned more about the parts of a fire truck on Sparky‘s site and we listened to videos and songs which reminded us how to call 911 and to get outside if there is a fire.
Last week in the Jackson Library, fourth graders used context clues and dictionary excerpts to determine the meaning of unknown words in Mo Willems’ Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaursbook. During the story, we analyzed Goldi’s character traits based on her actions and dialogue. After reading the book, the kids folded an origami storyteller to continue having fun with the storyline.
Today in the Jackson Library, third graders used context clues to determine the meaning of unknown ‘alien’ words in the story Baloney (Henry P.). After the story, they played Kahoot! quizzes to assess their learning. Fun!
Before the book fair, third graders explored Google’s Toontastic app to retell the story Oh No Astro! from the asteroid’s point of view. We used context clues when we read this story to determine the meaning of: rambunctious, loitering, humiliated, clarity, and confrontation. After the kids created their videos, they used NASA’s augmented reality app to look at spacecraft models in 3D!
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.
At the tables during check out, the kids enjoyed the interactive read aloud app, Even Monsters Get Sick.
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.