With Spring Break next week, we won't meet again until after Easter. Enjoy today's read-aloud How to Catch the Easter Bunny.
Enjoy the following videos to see how Easter candy is made:
This is an interactive FREE digital resource from Follett (our library software vendor). You may remember seeing a section in the Destiny catalog (where you look up books) called Lightbox. Well, Follett is granting FREE access to the complete K-5 library from now through summer's end.
To access LIGHTBOX, click this link.
Caution: LIGHTBOX can be a little tricky to navigate for first time users. The easiest way to find a title is to click by the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner of the screen once you are on the site. Then, depending on your grade level, type in the words in ALL CAPS below. (Picture above shows 2nd grade search for BUTTERFLIES.) Be sure to scroll through the site to see all of the other topics covered.
Start with the following (ties in with science/social studies standards) based on your grade level:
2nd grade: Search: BUTTERFLIES
3rd grade: Search: ROCK SCIENCE (pick one to review)
4th grade: Search: WORLD BIOMES (pick one to review)
5th grade: Search: WORLD WAR (pick one to review)
For help navigating LIGHTBOX, go here.
It's National Crayon Day!
What better way to start today's lesson than with a reading of The Day the Crayons Quit!
Curious as to how crayons are made? Let learn how:
Now let's visit the Crayola site to view all the official Crayola crayon colors. Click on the one that you like best. Which color did you choose? What year was it introduced? I chose Robin's Egg Blue. It was introduced in 1993. Be sure to leave your answers in the comment box below.
It's National Pencil Day
Let's celebrate by enjoying two very different stories that feature pencils.
Note from Mrs. Kent: If you'd like to learn more about Malala, you can find a biography about her inside of Pebble Go Biographies!
In this video, we'll learn how pencils are made. Wooden pencils are made from trees, a renewable resource, while mechanical pencils are typically made from plastic or metal. Some folks argue that mechanical pencils are just as good for the environment because they last longer and are refillable. Do you prefer wooden or mechanical pencils? Be sure to leave a comment. I read each and every one you leave!
Details on how to access
Light Box is a very cool interactive collection of resources about a particular particular topic. You'll have an ebook, video, audio clips, websites, infographics and other curated resources related to that one topic. All K-5 titles, including several in Spanish, may be accessed from this link: LIGHTBOX
Today is International Scribble Day
No fooling! According to the National Day Calendar, today is International Scribble Day. Click on the video to enjoy the book Just a Scribble by Diane Alber.
Learn more about the author's inspiration for her book here.
1. Explore Ms. Alber's website to learn about some of her other books. Leave a comment below with the title of a book you think we should add to the library.
2. Grab some paper, crayons, colored pencils and markers and get your scribble on!
Have a Fantastic Friday!
Meet the author...Dav Pilky
Dav Pilkey is the author of the popular series books Captain Underpants, Ricky Ricotta and Dog Man.
He has also written several picture books, as well as other YA titles.
Today, we're going to visit a website to learn more about Mr. Pilkey and discover the title and release date for the newest book in the Dog Man series. Oh, and there are plenty of other activities for you to do on Planet Pilkey!
Activities (record your answers in your journal):
1. What is the title of the next Dog Man book?
2. What date will it be available?
3. What grade was Dav in when he created the Captain Underpants character?
4. Scroll to the bottom of the website. Look under How 2 Draw. Choose a character and follow the steps to sketch it in your journal.
5. Create your own Cat Kid Comic or play Home Base.
Have a thrilling Thursday!
Enjoy a good read aloud
Sometimes it's just fun to relax and listen to an author read his own book. Enjoy this video of B.J. Novak reading "The Book with No Pictures." And yes, you can lay down on the job today!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
And to all my graphic novel fans, you can enjoy books without pictures! The above video is proof! :-)
Let's go on a virtual field trip!
Today, we're going to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.
Unlike our own Georgia Aquarium that is located in a major city, this one is situated right on the Pacific Ocean.
Start with the Sea Otter cam. Watch the video feed for a few minutes and then scroll to the bottom of the page to learn more about sea otters. Be sure to take the quiz to discover which resident sea otter is most like you!
As you scroll down the screen, look for a box on the left side that contains links to other live web cams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Pick one (sharks anyone?) and explore to your heart's content.
Be sure to leave a comment telling me about your favorite part of today's virtual field trip!
Safe travels on today's journey!