Moon Rope or Un Lazo a la Luna is our introductory Peruvian folk tale for Hispanic Heritage Month. The book is written side by side in both English and Spanish. This gives both English and Spanish speaking children here an opportunity to learn a little about each language-- the main characters for example are Fox/Zorro and Mole/Topo. We even learned about a few stages of the moon! La luna creciente, the crescent moon is when Fox decides to tether his rope to the moon and the during the full moon, Fox's face can be seen (on a clear night!) on the surface.
1st and 2nd grade have been introduced to Chloe and the Lion written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex. Have fun making predictions with this book, because the kids never know what's coming next! This book was a great way to familiarize the kids with the differences between an author and illustrator. There was drama! suspense! and humor all found in this book.
While the older kids were learning some new elements in a book, pre-k and kinder read Ish by Peter Reynolds. This went along with their unit in class about feelings. They empathized with Ramon, the main character, when his older brother laughed at his drawings and felt joy when Ramon began to draw with fervor again. Ish, they said, did not mean perfection, but trying your best.
Olivia didn't just teach us about schedules this week (waking up, spinning Edwin, brushing teeth, and spinning Edwin again), Olivia taught Pre-K and Kinder about what a title is, where to find an AR sticker, and how to tell if a book is in Spanish or not. Olivia was a great example how to tell the title-- the name of the book also happens to be the main characters name. The kids got to count, name exercises, and learn about the beach with Ian Falconer's book.
The website is pretty cool too!
Another update for this week is the 4th and 5th grades have ordered their books for the bi-monthly book club! 5th grade chose Grimm's Legacy by Polly Shulman and the 4th graders chose Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!- by McElligott and Tuxbury. There may be a bilingual book club starting in 4th grade soon!
Second week of school, but first back in the library!
Our first book was Library Lion, written by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. We explored the library through keywords in the book such as : circulation desk, card catalog, browser, encyclopedias, and stacks. Kindergarten learned three very important rules in Library lion. No running! No roaring! And always treat your book like a friend!
The older students refreshed their knowledge on where to find specific subjects in the library. They successfully found the 811 poetry section, biographies, 398.2 folk tales, the 500s science area, comics, the easy fictions, and the Spanish non-fiction shelves. Meanwhile the younger students were taught check-out procedures, especially the use of a shelf marker. They also learned to identify Accelerated Reader books and which would be best suited to their reading level. Great week!