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Learning About Mae Jemison

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Last week in the Jackson Library, first graders learned about Mae Jemison from the book, Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed. I like how it is a biography written like a narrative for the younger reader. It talks about not letting anyone deter you from reaching your goals and dreaming big dreams. After the story, the kids put together a little booklet about Mae’d accomplishments (from The Mailbox). Follow Roda here!  #BlackHistoryMonth


Mae Among the Stars

Mae Among the Stars Lesson

Mae AMong the Stars YouTube

Little Booklet
Roda Ahmed
Photo credit Todd Overman


Roda’s Website

Roda Ahmed, author

Fun with Chris P. Bacon

Posted in nonfiction lesson, and picture book lesson

Last week in the Jackson Library, first grade had fun reading a nonfiction book about the cutest pig ever, Chris P. Bacon! The true story of Chris P. Bacon explains how this pig born without back legs was rescued by a kind veterinarian. We read the book Dr. Len wrote himself and learned how he designed a wheelchair for the pig using K’Nex toys. Chris P. Bacon inspired us by showing us that it is good to be ‘unique’!



Safeshare video CPB
Safeshare video

CPB website

Time To Play video


Technology Station

iPad app Block the Pig

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Pierre the Penguin: Narrative Nonfiction for Kindergarten

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Today in the Jackson Library, kindergarteners enjoyed a narrative nonfiction story about a penguin with a problem. Since Pierre the Penguin is an adorable rhyming book that tells how a scientist helped a penguin solve a problem, I used this book to teach story elements. Then the kids created their own neoprene suit for Pierre like the one Pam made in the book. We did a penguin dance after check out!


Pierre the Penguin lesson

Pinkfong Penguin song
Put a Wetsuit on Pierre
pierre jpg
Mr R penguin song

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