Hi everyone! Just a quick note to remind you to READ 1500 minutes this summer. It'll help you avoid the dreaded summer slump. You can read the Fortnite magazine - as long as you are READING.
By the way, I am doing much better. The doctors expect me to make a full recovery from Bell's Palsy. I can smile and speak normally now. Boomer has been taking excellent care of me this summer!
Ms. Harris and I are hopeful that we will be able to institute some major changes to the library very soon. Can you say Learning Commons Certification? Exemplary Library Media Program? We do some really cool things in our library that deserve to be shared with the larger community. The first step, however, is for our library to meet the scheduling requirements to even begin the process. Right now, we don't since we are on a 100% fixed schedule. My fervent hope is that administration does the right thing and returns us to a flexible schedule in August. If so, WATCH OUT! So many ideas are running in my head!
Enjoy the rest of your summer break.
Since Mother's Day will be celebrated in the USA on Sunday, May 12th, I thought we'd spend some time this week learning about the history behind the holiday and share some ways we can honor our Moms on this important day! Remember, while your mother may be the one who gave birth to you, a Mom can be any one of the wonderful women in your life you helped you along your journey - grandma, auntie, teacher, neighbor, mentor, friend...the list goes on. There is truth to the old adage "It takes a village to raise a child." Be sure to tell these wonderful women how much you appreciate all they do for you!
Read A Loud Selections:
The Kissing Hand by Ruth E. Harper
No Time for Mother's Day by Dorothy Donohue
Ma Dears Aprons by Patricia McKissack
History of Mother's Day (about 3 minutes)
Momisms set to the William Tell Overture (about 3 minutes) - How many of these has your mother said to you?
You will have time to create a project to give to your Mom on Mother's Day:
And it's also National School Library Month!
What kinds of things do you like to do at your school library and the public library? The public library has all sorts of FREE activities for the entire family, plus free homework assistance. You have a limited use library card tied to your lunch number, but your family can get a library card with full borrowing privileges for FREE. You can check out state park passes, wifi hot spots, video games, specialty shaped cake pans and a whole lot more.
There are some famous ladies who really support libraries that you should know about:
Melinda Gates (wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates)
Laura Bush (former First Lady and wife of Bush 43 - also a children's librarian back in the day)
Sandra Deal (former First Lady of Georgia - a teacher who loved to read to as many schools as possible in GA while her husband was Governor).
Brain Pop video - library
YouTube video playlist
This week we will share Finding Winnie. A recipient of the 2016 Caldecott Medal, it's the true story behind A.A. Milne's most famous bear, Winnie-The-Pooh. All I can say is be prepared for anything!
Here's an author interview to get us started: Lindsay Mattick interview
CBS Evening News article and interview
We'll talk a little bit about the Caldecott Medal and what characteristics make for a good children's picture book. You'll also get a chance to practice your opinion writing by writing a book review on Finding Winnie, as well as completing some other Pooh-themed activities.
Next Monday, we will be off from school in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Many folks like to spend this time as a day of service in their local communities to honor the King legacy. You may not think that, as a kid, you can offer very much to help others...but you might be pleasantly surprised. Be nice to someone, carry groceries, picking up trash, plant flowers, write a nice note to someone, spend time with an elderly neighbor...none of these activities costs you any money - but they do require some of your most precious resource - TIME.
Original I Have a Dream speech
Kid President on Martin Luther King, Jr.
Random Acts of Kindness
Installing an outdoor garden at an elementary school
Hands on Atlanta
So last week, we had a bit of a crazy schedule with Revved Up Kids and voting in the Media Center...this week will be a bit similar with 2nd grade play practice on Thursday.
2nd & 3rd - Holiday stories/Martha Calling, Retro Tech and Kahoot activity OR Animal Planet Quiz & Share. Center activities.
4th & 5th - Holiday stories/Martha Calling, Retro Tech and Kahoot activity OR Animal Planet Quiz & Share. Center activities.
Your class also has one more week to earn the Grinch slime experience during our Grinch festivities next week.
Retro tech playlist 2nd & 3rd
Retro tech playlist 4th & 5th
Technology Vocabulary List (excellent overview)
This week we will learn about Tad Hills, the author/illustrator behind the Rocket series and Duck & Goose.
Shared Reading: How Rocket Learned to Read (link to book trailer)
Author interview on KidLitTV (see the REAL Rocket) (Rocket as puppy)
Discussion and recap
The lesson will be modified on the days we are in classrooms due to the Revved Up Kids program being held in the Media Center.
Welcome Back Block B!
This week, we are going to spend time reviewing River Role Model expectations in the Learning Commons. This will include transitioning to the tables to work on activities during check-out. Finally, we will practice lining up as we transition from one class to the next. Only when your class is able to meet the Learning Commons expectations will the Maker Space centers be rolled out to your class.
Turkey Day comes really early this year. We're going to talk a little bit about it this week and even more the week AFTER Thanksgiving.
Nelms/Weldon, Ellis-Paul and Ramos will pilot the Read Explore Create concept (Ozobots and Origami, book reviewer and read to a friend centers with Typing Club following the library lesson)
Monday's classes will review Veteran's Day (see previous post).
Tuesday - Friday will learn about Thanksgiving.
4th & 5th - Balloons over Broadway (Videos in Discovery Education)
Students will break into groups to read facts about Macy's Balloons and share out with the group.
2nd & 3rd - Tops & Bottoms (Tumblebooks) + other related stories
Students will a complete reading comprehension activity for Tops & Bottoms. A Thanksgiving art project is also planned, as well as the Turkey Hokey Pokey.
This week we will be learning about Veteran's Day. Since it falls on Sunday, November 11th, I hope you'll be able to attend a parade in person to honor those who served in our country. Smyrna and Marietta both have parades/services scheduled for that day.
Shared Reading: The Wall, Remembering Vera, Tuesday Tucks Me In and other selections.
Veteran's Day Videos & Discussion
PBS Kids Veteran's Day Holiday
Kid President on Heroes
Operation Got Your Six
ECAD (Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities)
Response to Literature: Students will write thank you notes to veterans on the Riverside staff and veterans with ties to the local community.