As of March 16, 2020, MBUSD schools are dismissed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Distance learning is in place until further notice.
Mrs. Snively Reads to You Click here to view a few videos of me reading out loud. Publishers have waived copyright restrictions during this time of social distancing.
To my library colleagues around the country: you are welcome to borrow any ideas that may work for your own students.
Week of March 30, 2020 - TK & Kindergarten - Let's Roll
Read-aloud Video Mrs. Snively reads Roly-Poly Egg
Splotch is a small bird who lives high up in a tree. One day, she lays an egg. It is small and very spotty, but Splotch thinks it is perfect in every way! This is the story of Splotch and the adventure of her roly-poly egg. Follow the dotted line and see where it goes. Along the way, find lots of animals and a butterfly on every page.
Science Connection Video When I was a little girl, I adored roly polies! Somehow, they were not creepy like other insects, and guess what? They are not true insects! Learn all about the wonderful roly poly here at The Kid Should See This.
Activity There is no right or wrong way to make your own Splotch and egg. Get some paint and blend two colors in a riotous scribble-circle for Splotch's body; add legs, feet, eyes, and the egg with paper cut outs glued on, or by drawing them on with crayon. Here is a how-to.
Let's Roll While you're waiting for paint and/or glue to dry, roll around in the backyard like a roly poly!
Week of March 30, 2020 - First Grade - Annual Egg Drop
With hopes of making a delicious omelet, Jack builds a nest to catch a chicken, but ends up attracting more than the bird.
Read-aloud Video Mrs. Snively reads The Perfect Nest
Alternate Video See and hear this story read by Hannibal Ferret Storybooks. The reader is off camera and provides a nice close up of the book's pages for students to pause the video and read along.
STEM Egg Drop Activity First graders would have had an "egg drop" on the last Friday before Spring Break, testing out the different ways one might cushion an egg to have it land unbroken when dropped from the roof of the first grade classrooms. Ideas are here on buggyandbuddy.com/stem. Fresh eggs may be too scarce at the moment to drop in this way; try the experiment using an empty egg shell filled with small toys or glitter and taped together.
Activity Download and print a Humpty Dumpty coloring sheet
Week of March 30, 2020 - Second Grade - Serving Eggs Again
A very good egg learns to relax and not be perfect all the time. Sequel to the 2020 CYRM nominee, The Bad Seed.
Video See and hear this story read by The Joyful Bookshelf.
Guji Guji, by Chih-Yuan Chen
A crocodile hatched and raised by a mother duck must come up with a plan to save his family when a trio of bad crocodiles try to convince him to serve up his relatives for their dinner.
Video See and hear this story read by actor Robert Guillaume on storylineonline.net.
Activity Make simple egg carton chicks from the instructions found at wikihow.com.
Week of March 30, 2020 - Third Grade
Women's History Month and The Glass Ceiling
In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the university with her brothers and male cousins.
Read-aloud Video Mrs. Snively reads Ruby's Wish. (video element to come)
Activity Ruby and her cousins practiced calligraphy. Have fun creating your own font with this Simple Calligraphy Tutorial for Kids.
Week of March 30, 2020 - Fourth Grade
Women's History Month and Labor Laws
Describes how immigrant Clara Lemlich Shavelson (1886-1982) fought against poor treatment of her fellow factory workers, leading the largest walkout of women workers in the country in 1909.
View the book at celebratepicturebooks.com
More about Clara Lemlich Shavelson The written record of history made by women is woefully inadequate: there is still no separate entry in the encyclopedia for this heroic woman. Learn more about Clara at pbs.org.
Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica article
Week of March 30, 2020 - Fifth Grade - Women's History Month
Video See and hear this story read by Readalotamus Books Read Aloud. The reader is off camera and provides a nice close up of the book's pages for students to pause the video and read along.
Once upon a time, American children couldn’t borrow library books. Reading wasn’t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore (1871-1961) thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the world’s best children’s books in many different languages.
Controversy over Goodnight Moon There is a reason why this classic by Margaret Wise Brown is missing from the New York Public Library's list of the ten-most checked out books of all time. Slate article by Dan Koits, January 13, 2020.