Week of January 6, 2020 - TK
Happy Healthy New Year
Gerald believes he is allergic to his best friend Piggie and is concerned that he will need to stay away from his pal forever.
Farm Flu, by Teresa Bateman
When the farm animals seem to catch the flu one after another, a young boy does his best to take care of them.
Be Who You Are! by Todd Parr
Encourages kids to be proud of what makes them unique, where they come from, and how they express themselves and see the world.
Activity Todd Parr coloring sheet
Week of January 6, 2020 - Kindergarten
Review the differences between fiction and nonfiction. Engage students in a discussion about subjects they like to learn about. Explain that nonfiction books are organized by subject. Students tour the nonfiction side of the library.
Activity Fiction and nonfiction worksheet
Week of January 6, 2020 - First Grade
Sending Thank You Notes
Owen sends a real hug to his Grandmother through the mail. Discuss that it would be OK to say no thank you to a hug and that if no thank you is said, then that request should be respected.
Video Mail Myself to You by Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) featured in a 2003 US Postal Service commercial. "I'm a-gonna wrap myself in paper, I'm a-gonna daub myself with glue, stick some stamps on the top o' my head; I'm a-gonna mail myself to you. Oh, I'm a-gonna tie me in a little red string, I'm a-gonna tie blue ribbons too, climb up into my mailbox and I'm a-gonna mail myself to you."
Activity Using butcher paper, children will help each other trace the outline of their bodies.
At home extension Make a giant hug from wrapping paper.
Week of January 6, 2020 - Second Grade
Curriculum Connection - Heritage Project
Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel by Leslie Connor. The shovel a young immigrant brings to America spades gardens, clears snow, plants seeds, and exemplifies how choices follow us through life. Students will think about what choice they would make in similar circumstances, and how that choice might impact a lifetime.
Website Dan Yaccarino
Videos Book trailer 1 and book trailer 2
All the Way to America by Dan Yaccarino. In a tale that honors those who helped make us who we are, a little shovel is passed down through four generations of the author's family.
Activity Discussion questions
Week of January 6, 2020 - Third Grade - Social/Emotional Wellness
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Doing the Right Thing
Presents a children's fitness guide that explains how the bones, muscles, heart, and lungs work to keep the body healthy and strong. MindUP
A Bike Like Sergio's, by Maribeth Boelts
Money is tight for Ruben's parents so the chances of him getting the bike he want's are slim until he finds a hundred dollar bill. Finders keepers? Or honesty is the best policy?
The Three Questions, by Jon J. Muth
Nikolai wants to be a good person so he seeks advice about three important questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? A simple re-telling of a philosophical story by Leo Tolstoy. Symbolism: a red kite floats through the pages, appearing, disappearing, and reappearing, but never mentioned in the text. Sometimes only the string in Nikolai's hand is seen, and sometimes only the kite itself with the string trailing down. It is not seen at all during his adventures at Leo's home, but he has brought it there.
PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Week of January 6, 2020 - Fourth Grade
Curriculum Connection - Social Justice Book Groups
Nonviolent protests play a major part in history and this alphabet book explains the many ways people can take a stand to bring about change.
If You're Going to a March, by Martha Freeman
Many of today's demonstrations have become peaceful, inter-generational outings and this book follows kids in four diverse families as they create signs to carry, travel to the event, listen to speakers, and march.
Week of January 6, 2020 - Fifth Grade
Social/Emotional Wellness - Having a Positive Outlook
Little Brown the dog sits alone against a chain link fence. Is he cranky because the other dogs won't play with him, or will they not play with him because he is cranky? Though there is no satisfying ending, there is much room for discussion about optimism vs. pessimism and making the first move in compromise.
Imagine, by Juan Felipe Herrera
Born in California in 1948 the son of migrant workers, Juan endures hardships that make him a stronger person, such as having to walk to the nearest town for water and entering school not knowing the English language. He finds that words are a constant that make him happy and give him the freedom to create. Ultimately, he becomes the first Chicano Poet Laureate of the United States (2015-2017), and in this brief autobiography he implores readers to "imagine what you could do."