Dec.17th – Dec.20th

Kindergarten – After looking at Christmas books at the tables, we will finish our study of “traditions” by talking about what we do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  We will read the book,  That’s Good, That’s Bad.  We will watch “A Night Before Christmas” on bookflix and enjoy one more day of Christmas Coloring.

First Grade –  Today we will travel to Texas and hear the Cowboy Night Before Christmas.   We will use atlases to look up where Texas would be on the U.S. map.  Here’s a short video showing some modern day cowboys and what they do.  With remaining time, students can have some online Christmas fun.

Second Grade – We will do one more session on sequencing and retelling with the story, An Amish Christmas.   We will compare and contrast our holiday season to that of the Amish. Here’s a short video about 10 Little Known Facts about the Amish.    Students can share what they have observed or what they know about the Amish around Fredericktown. If time permits, you can look up “Amish” on World Book Student.

Third Grade a.m. –  After check-out,  students will take turns reading their stories and having classmates guess what Christmas item is being personified.  If their is enough time, students can enjoy some online Christmas fun.

Third Grade p.m. – We will hear the book,  The Cajun Night before Christmas.  We will use atlases to find where Louisiana is located.  We will look up the word Louisiana in WBKids.  We will use Google Maps to explore Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Fourth Grade – will continue their study about evaluating websites. They will talk about different kinds of advertisements and then check some out on these sites:  Time for Kids  Nickelodeon Geographic Kids

Fifth Grade – We will review citation practices and play a short kahoot game online.    Click on “play”.

Dec. 10th – Dec. 14th

Kindergarten –  We will look at Christmas books at the tables.  After that,  we will talk about what kinds of decorations people put up at Christmas time. Then we will hear the story,  A Very Marley Christmas.  We will learn that our library has a picture of Marley and that the illustrator for the book, Richard Cowdrey, lives in Gambier, Ohio!  We do some activities on John Grogan’s Website :  A Very Marley Christmas  If time allows, we will watch a short video where puppies get into the Christmas decorations.

First Grade –  We will review where in the world the children have traveled in class and in the library.  We will read,  A Cajun Night Before Christmas.  We will use atlases to see where Louisiana is in our country.  We will also look for the country of France.   We’ll watch this video on Christmas in France.   With remaining time, children can enjoy some Christmas Fun.

Second Grade – We will use the narrative,  One Christmas Dawn.  Students will listen to the story and then retell the sequence of events in the story.  We will learn about the Rose of Sharon by looking it up in World Book Student.  We will talk about other flowers that are associated with Christmas .  We will look at some online pictures of Christmas flowers and then have some online Christmas Fun.

Third Grade a.m. – After checkout,  students will review what they know about personification.  They will hear the book called, “I Stink”.  After discussing how the garbage truck is personified,  students will pick a Christmas item and personify it within a short paragraph.  Next week students will read their stories.  If students finish early they can have some online Christmas Fun.

Third Grade p.m. –  We will listen to the book, The Christmas Knight.  We will use INFOhio and WBKids to look up and learn about the country of England.  We will make a Google Keep note about England.  With remaining time we will use Google Maps to look around the city of London, England.

Fourth Grade –  In the lab this week,  we will be talking about websites and the difference between “quality” of a site and “appeal” of a site.  They will use the following two sites to evaluate:

Animals 1      Animals 2

Fifth Grade –  We will be using a citation machine to create citations for websites.  Students will google the history of a familiar Christmas Carol.  In a new window, they will go to INFOhio and go to world book student.  They will click on “citation builder”.  Together we will look for the pieces necessary to cite a website.

 

Dec. 3rd – Dec. 7th

Kindergarten  – After looking at some Christmas books at the tables we will talk about Christmas “traditions” with this week’s emphasis on Christmas Trees.  We will read the story Christmas Tree Memories, and talk about real Christmas trees. We’ll watch this video about how Christmas trees are produced. We will look at pictures of different Christmas trees and then decorate our own online Christmas Tree.  (Monday’s classes will use and share ipads.)_

First Grade –  We will read The Night Before Christmas Pennsylvania Dutch version.  We will use the atlases to see where Pennsylvania is and to see where the Netherlands are.  We will watch this video about the Belsnickel.  (4min.)  Belsnickel explained.

Second Grade –  We will hear the narrative of “The Night Tree”.  We will retell it and answer questions about the sequence of activities in the story.  We will learn about making ornaments for the birds  (5 1/2 min.) and then we will have fun decorating a tree online.    Monday’s class can use and share ipads.

Third Grade a.m. –  We will continue our study on perspective by reading Shark vs. Train.  We will talk about the ways personification is used in the story. We will talk about how we can personify things at Christmas.  We will look at this website on personification.  We will watch the trailer for Cars 2 and talk about what is personified and in what ways.  Give students some scrap paper and then name a Christmas item.  Have them jot down a few things that item would say if it were “personified”.    Stocking,  ornament, wreath, package, candy cane, etc.  Share out ideas.

Third Grade p.m.  We will listen to the story called Babushka.  We will look up Russia on WBKids.  We will make a new note for the country of Russia.  We will explore the Kremlin in Russia on Google Maps.

Fourth Grade –  We will learn how companies can alter images used in advertisements such as billboards, magazines, etc.  We need to learn that not everything we see online or in ads is real.  We will check these out:   Colorful Lemon Visual   Dove Evolution      Ads on a website look like this.

Fifth Grade – We will use Christmas books to extend our learning about citations.   Students will need scrap paper and pencils.   The template for a current MLA 8 book citation is:

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title .”  Publisher, Year the book was published.

Nov. 26th – Nov. 30th

Kindergarten AM –  First we will enjoy some Christmas books at the tables. Then we will continue talking about the “traditions” of Christmas.  We will talk about baking and ask  students about their favorite cookies. We will read Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar, and learn some new words from the Christmas Cookie book.  We will look at some Christmas Cookie images and then color a Christmas Cookie picture online.

First Grade –  Christmas Around the World –  We will read the book,  The Irish Night Before Christmas.  Let’s watch this video and hear an Irish Christmas Song.    Christmas in Ireland  With any remaining time we will color a Christmas Tree online.

Second Grade –  We will begin a study of retelling and sequencing with Louise Borden’s book,  Just in Time for Christmas.  If time permits we can read the books about Christmas on Bookflix  or we can listen to people saying Merry Christmas in many different languages. (Found on “Explore the Web” under the Christmas stories in book flix)   Take your pick on “Christmas Fun.”

Third Grade a.m. –  We will be working on a project this month about personification.  Today we will read the book, The Day the Crayons Quit, and work on a handout about personification. If time remains,try out some Christmas Fun.

Third Grade p.m. –  We will listen to the story, Old Befana.  Then we will use the atlases to learn about the country of Italy.  We will make a note about Italy in our Google Drive….then any remaining time we have left we will go to google maps to explore the region where Befana might have lived.

Fourth Grade –  We will begin a unit on evaluating websites.  Today we will begin with learning about hoaxes online.  We will explore the rare tree octopus site and talk about it.  Fact check sites here at Snopes.

Fifth Grade –  We will be doing a unit on citing sources.  We will begin today with a new google doc called Works Cited.   Today we will cite articles about Christmas from World Book Student.  We will find the citation in the article and copy and paste it into our Google Doc.

Nov. 19th – Nov. 20th

Kindergarten  AM –  We will enjoy some Thanksgiving books “by the numbers”.  First we will read One is a feast for Mouse….Second we will read 1 2 3 Thanksgiving.  We will then use the Elmo and play I spy with the Thanksgiving I Spy book. Try this Turkey Memory Game.

First Grade –  We will read the fiction book This is the Turkey.  After check out,  we will try and make a Thanksgiving Sensory poem.  With remaining time, students can Try putting  this Thanksgiving Turkey Jigsaw Puzzle together.

Second Grade –  We will read one more folk tale by Native American, Joseph Bruchac, called Turtle’s Race with Beaver.   We will compare a beaver with a turtle through non – fiction books about turtles and beavers and then use the feature on World Book Kids called  “World of Animals” and do an online side by side comparison of the two animals.

Third Grade a.m. – After check-out  we will play a Kahoot game to review what we’ve learned about World Book Kids.

Third Grade p.m.  We will use atlases to find Vietnam.  We will listen to some facts about Vietnam in the book called,  It’s disgusting and we ate it.  We will look up Vietnam on World Book Kids. We will compare Vietnam to China.   We will make a google note for Vietnam. With time left over we will use Google Maps to find Vietnam.

Fourth Grade – After check-out we will play a Kahoot game to review what we’ve learned in the research project about Glenn & Armstrong.

Fifth Grade –  Each group will play a Kahoot game to review what they’ve learned about Google Keep,  Google Docs, and the research process.

Nov.12 – Nov.16th

Kindergarten  – We will look at books at the table when we first come into the library. This week we will read Thanksgiving Day by Rockwell and then we will watch the movie on BookFlix called Giving Thanks.  We will color Thanksgiving pictures online.   You can also try your luck with putting together a turkey jigsaw puzzle.

First Grade:  We will read the book,  Turkey Troubles. We will also read a book about real turkeys.  We will compare and contrast the two books.  After we check out we will put together the Turkey Jigsaw Puzzle – try your luck!   Watch this video and learn some facts about wild turkeys!      10 Fun Turkey Facts

Second Grade – We will continue this folk unit with another tale by James Bruchac.  Students will listen to Raccoon’s Last Race and then look up “raccoons” in World Book Kids.  We will use the “All About Animals” feature to compare raccoons to foxes or other woodland animals.

Third Grade am –  After check-out, we will learn about the Important People section on World Book Kids.  After exploring, we will share out some interesting facts about some famous people.

Third Grade pm –  We will finish setting up our google keep notes.  We will add labels and then type the names of our countries as titles to our notes. People who are done can go to Fun Stuff.  or Google Maps.

Fourth Grade –  We will check the format of our research paper.  Then we will go to Google Drive and make a folder for our library projects.  Students who are all done can go to Fun Stuff.

Fifth Grade –  We will check the format of our paper.  Students can finish up if needed.  Students will go to file:publish and send me the link to their report.

(Friday’s 4th and 5th grade classes will play a Kahoot Review Game.)

 

 

 

 

Nov. 5th – Nov. 9th

Kindergarten – We will enjoy looking at some Thanksgiving/ Fall books at the tables. We’ll each look at a copy of the bookroom book, Why Do Leaves Change Color?   We will hear the fiction book, Leaf Trouble and compare it to the non-fiction book, Leaves in Fall. In the lab we will  Explore these colorful Ohio leaves. On Bookflix(Animals & Nature #20) we will watch the story of Fletcher the Fox and the Falling leaves.  We will enjoy coloring an online picture of falling leaves.

First Grade –  We will hear both stories:  Grizzle Grump and Old Bear.  We will talk about the ways they are alike and how they are different.  We will talk about hibernation.  Here is a video about hibernation...Start at the 3:40 mark.  If there is time left, students can put together this puzzle of a big brown bear.

Second Grade – This week, we will begin a unit on Native American Folklore.  Students will listen to the story, How Chipmunk Got His Stripes, by Native American, James Bruchac.  We will compare that chipmunk story with a non-fiction book about chipmunks or squirrels.   We will use World Book Kids to look up “chipmunks” online.  Then we will go to “World of Animals” on the homepage and compare a chipmunk to a squirrel.

Third Grade am – This week’s  feature in WBKids will be the science experiments and games.

Third Grade pm –  We will get on our google accounts and go to Google Keep.  We will learn to take notes and we will write about the countries we have talked about so far. We will make labels for the continents and apply them to the countries we’ve studied.  If there is time left,  students can go to Google Maps or Fun Stuff.

Fourth & Fifth Grade – We will take a break from our Research Project.  Together talk about the meaning of the word sacrifice. (sacrifice Definition #3) Find the four freedoms that FDR talked about before WWII. Write a paragraph in Google Docs thanking veterans for their service and in order to give Americans especially you…… these freedoms. If students finish their typing they can watch this short video on Veterans Day. 

 

Oct. 29th – Nov. 2nd

Preparation for Veteran’s Day

Kindergarten – First we will look at books on the tables.  Then we will talk about what Veterans Day is.  We will discuss what it means to be patriotic.  We will read the fiction book, I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora, to Scholastic’s non-fiction book called,  The Pledge of Allegiance.  We will watch video clips from a New York City Veterans Day Parade  and watch first graders explain about our flag.   With the time we have left, we will paint a flag online.

First Grade –We will hear the fiction book, My Teacher for President, and the non-fiction book called Let’s Vote on It.  We will use our sense of sight and “look” for things that are red, white, and blue, or things that are patriotic. We will compare and contrast the books.  We will watch a short video about what Veterans Day is all about.  Students can put U.S. Flag puzzle together online. or  paint a flag online.

Second Grade –  We will talk about freedom, and elections, and how those words tie in with Veterans Day.  We will compare the fiction book,  Grace for President with the non-fiction book called Election Day.  We will review what Veterans Day is all about with this short video clip. With remaining time we will put a U.S. Flag puzzle together online. or  paint a flag online.

Third Grade am – We will focus on WBKids and the many features within an article.  We will look up the article for Veterans Day, read it and then talk about the tools under the gear tab and what they mean.  We will also talk about the tabs to the left of the title.  We will show at the bottom how to get to other WB databases.

Third Grade pm –  We will work on getting on our Google Accounts.

Fourth – We will work today on citing our sources.  We will get the citation for WB Student for both Glenn & Armstrong.

Fifth Grades –  We will work today on citing our sources.  We will get the citation for WB Student for our state and then add our Book citation to it.  If time permits we will do the citation for Mr. Nussbaum’s State page.  Next week we will publish our reports.

 

Oct. 22nd – Oct. 26th

Kindergarten –  Instead of looking at counting books, we will talk a few minutes about Jason Tharp, how he is a cartoonist, and that he is coming to our school in a couple of weeks and teaching us to draw.  We will what learn about the kinds of books he has made and learn about the order form.  Then we will wrap up our unit on “counting” books by reading,  Look Whooooo’s Counting  and Ten Orange Pumpkins.  Can you keep up with this speedy Halloween Counting Song? With remaining time, students can create their own pumpkins online.

First Grade – Before we begin out story,  we will talk a few minutes about Jason Tharp, how he is a cartoonist, and that he is coming to our school in a couple of weeks and teaching us to draw.  We will learn about what kinds of books he has made and learn about the order form.  Out story today (which will conclude our  unit on seasons) will be Long Night Moon.  After checkout, students can create their own pumpkins online.

Second Grade – Before we begin out story,  we will talk a few minutes about Jason Tharp, how he is a cartoonist, and that he is coming to our school in a couple of weeks and teaching us to draw.  We will learn about what kinds of books he has made and learn about the order form.  Our story today is Happy Birthday, America and we will talk about how July 4th is not a national landmark but a national holiday.  We will talk about what national symbols we might see in a July 4th parade or event.  If time allows, students can create online pumpkin carvings.

Third Grade am – After checkout we will learn about Jason Tharp before his visit with us on Nov. 14th. We will go back to WB Kids next week. We will watch part (first 6:15) of a video that introduces himself. Students will see the kinds of books he has published on display in the library.  We’ll conclude with going over his order form for his books and exploring his drawing videos.

Third Grade pm –  We will use WB Kids to learn about the country of India. We will use the compare feature to compare India to Germany and/or the United States or China. We will learn how to go to WBStudent and check out the media page on India.  Then we will use google maps to find the Taj Mahal. We will also look at the cities of Mumbai, and New Delhi.

Fourth Grade  – We will learn about Jason Tharp before his visit with us on Nov. 14th.  We will watch part (first 6 min.) of a video that introduces himself. Students will see the kinds of books he has published on display in the library.  We’ll conclude with going over his order form for his books and exploring his drawing videos.

Fifth Grade – We will learn about Jason Tharp before his visit with us on Nov. 14th.  We will watch part (first 6 min.) of a video that introduces himself. Students will see the kinds of books he has published on display in the library.  The computer group will import pictures into their documents and finish typing and adding links.  If people finish their reports they can explore Jason Tharp’s  drawing videos.