MBUSD schools are dismissed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Distance learning is in place for the rest of the school year.
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 May 25, 2020 - TK - Insects
TK Zoom sessions have ended. This what would have been presented.
An adventuresome ladybug befriends an apprehensive caterpillar and helps him to enjoy life and be happy with what he is and with what he becomes.
Activity Students will decorate a foam or die-cut butterfly and a folded (prepared) ladybug friend to clothespin together.
Week of May 25, 2020 - Kindergarten - Insects
A hilarious and scientifically accurate tale of a mantis's eventful summer.
Read-along Click here to access the book via Epic
Video Click here for a read-aloud on Kid Lit TV
Manuelo the Playing Mantis, by Don Freeman
A praying mantis who longs to make music gets help from a spider named Debby Webster.
Video Click here for a read-aloud with Miss Courtney.
Science Connection Video Click here to see a glass mantis eat a blue bottle fly.
Week of May 25, 2020 - First Grade - China
A little duck finds adventure on the Yangtze River when he is too late to return to his master's houseboat one evening.
Read-aloud Click here for a read-aloud with Shannon R. Linville.
Video Fishing in China with cormorants
Activity Students will fold a simple origami boat.
Extension How to fold a boat
Week of May 25, 2020 - Second Grade - Step by Step
A cookie-eating little girl and her decidedly nonchalant kitty make an escalating mess while respectively trying to follow and resist the cat-bathing instructions of a bossy narrator who oversimplifies the process.
Ebook click here to borrow the book from the County of Los Angeles Public Library with your card.
Video We had cat vs. bath; click here to watch cats vs. boxes.
Week of May 25, 2020 - Third Grade - Courage in the Face of Change
Looking forward to going for a first dip in the big ocean with Very Big Crab, Little Crab ventures sideways from his rock pool to the water's edge before the crashing waves challenge his bravery. With a little gentle support he discovers his resilience and potential.
Video Click here to see a crab face off with a curious dachshund.
Activity Click here for how to fold a crab corner bookmark.
Week of May 25, 2020 - Fourth and Fifth Grade - Social Justice
During the summer of 1899, hundreds of children and teens who sold newspapers for two major papers went on strike when William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer decided to start charging the children a penny more to buy the papers they sold. The kids mobilized with rallies, strikes, and destruction of newspapers and won a compromise after a few weeks.
Video Click here to watch the Newsies perform at the Walt Disney studio lot.
Video Click here to watch a trailer for the live-action movie musical Newsies (1992), starring Christian Bale as Jack Kelly, a fictional character inspired by the real Kid Blink.