Week of November 30, 2020 - TK - Bundle Up in Winter
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Little Owl's Orange Scarf, by Tatyana Feeney
Little Owl does not like his new orange scarf! Can he and his mom come up with a solution on how he can stay warm?
Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell
Three baby owls worry when they awaken one night to find their mother gone.
Video Owl Babies picture book animation
Crafty Connection Look closely at Little Owl. Do you see how the strokes used in the illustration could be the shapes of letters? Draw Little Owl and his scarf on bookmark-sized paper.
Week of November 30, 2020 - Kindergarten - Winter Playtime
Two sisters perform a dance to make it snow and when it snows all through the night they bundle up and head outside for a busy day of angel making, snowball fights, and sledding.
Snowmen at Night, by Caralyn Buehner
After nighttime falls and everyone is asleep in their beds, a group of fun-loving snowmen jump into action and have their own bit of fun while no one is around to see.
Recess at 20 Below, by Cindy Lou Aillaud
How cold does it have to be before Alaskan kids stay inside for recess? For many schools, if it is colder than 20 below zero, they stay indoors; otherwise, it's outside for frosty fun! Compare and contrast with Grand View Kindergarten playground (center field at far right).
Live Video The Manhattan Beach Pier
Video Putting on Snow Clothes First graders show how quickly they can put on their snow clothes all by themselves. Get out several layers of outerwear and see how fast you can put the items on!
Crafty Connection Snowmen coloring sheet
Week of November 30, 2020 - First Grade - Winter Weather
The Blizzard of 1978
New England was hit by a nor'easter with hurricane-force winds approximately 86 mph with gusts up to 111 mph. A typical nor'easter brings steady snow for six to twelve hours, the Blizzard of '78 brought heavy snow for a full 33 hours.
Blizzard, by John Rocco
Video Hear the story read by author/illustrator John Rocco
After a massive blizzard, a boy becomes a hero when he manages to walk to the local store and bring supplies back to his neighborhood which has been snowed in for days. Based on the author's childhood experience. Compare and contrast this experience with a typical Southern California winter.
Crafty Connections Enjoy this snowmen coloring sheet or make a simple snow globe
Week of November 30, 2020
Second Grade - Winter Weather and Winter Fun
Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold, by Joyce Sidman
Bees, moose, beavers, snakes, and more... discover how animals stay alive in the wintertime and learn about their secret lives happening under the snow.
Ant and Honey Bee, a Pair of Friends in Winter, by Megan McDonald
Brrrr! The leaves are off the trees, and frost is on the ground. It's time for bugs to hunker down and hide out for the winter. But Ant isn't ready to hunker down. Will Honey Bee welcome an interruption of her peace and quiet? (Chapter 1 of 3)
Lemonade in Winter, a Book About Kids Counting Money, by Emily Jenkins
Video Hear the story read by Storytime Bunnies
Despite snow on the ground, icicles on window sills, and discouraging words from their parents, Pauline and her little brother, John-John, decide to open a lemonade stand.
Connection What do you do differently when the weather turns colder?
Video Extremely Epic Blanket Fort
Fun Stuff Honey Bears Coloring Sheet and Busy as a Bee Activity Sheet
Week of November 30, 2020 - Third Grade
Narrative Nonfiction - The Life and Work of Jane Goodall
Video Hear the story read by Jane Goodall
Little Jane loves her stuffed animal, a chimpanzee named Jubilee, and carries him everywhere she goes. Mainly, they go outdoors, where they watch birds building their nests and squirrels chasing each other. Jane reads about animals in books and keeps a notebook of sketches, information, and puzzles. Feeling her kinship with all of nature, she often climbs her favorite tree and reads about another Jane, Tarzan's Jane. She dreams that one day she, too, will live in the African jungle and help the animals. And one day, she does.
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps, by Jeannette Winter
Video Hear the story read by Elizabeth DeVries
Goodall's passionate love of nature began in early childhood. As an adult, she moved to Tanzania, making the study and protection of the chimpanzees in the Gombe forest a focus of international fascination.
Video Learn more about the life and work of Jane Goodall (running time about 13 min.)
Week of November 30, 2020 - Fourth Grade
Narrative Nonfiction and Growth Mindset
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The toy was conceived during WWII, when an engineer noticed a spring he'd been working on could "walk" from a shelf. It gained momentum as a pop culture icon when his wife named the toy and marketed it.
Video Hear the story read by Kendra Helsel.The close up page views allow readers to notice the detailed illustrations featuring engineering tools and classic toys, such as using a twisted pipe cleaner to represent steam from a coffee cup!
Video Slinky television commercial 1962
Video Human Slinky
Crafty Connection Make a paper slinky
Week of November 30, 2020 - Fifth Grade
Narrative Nonfiction and Singularity of Purpose and Gratitude
For almost half a century, Wilson Bentley caught and photographed thousands of snowflakes in his workshop at Jericho, Vermont, and made available to scientists and art instructors samples of his remarkable work. His singularity of purpose and passion is astonishing.
Video Hear the story read by Dana Kilgore
Video The Snowflake Man: a short film about Snowflake Bentley
Snow Crystals, by W. A. Bentley
In 1931, the American Meteorological Society gathered together the best of these plus some slides of frost, glaze, sleet, soft hail, and dew on vegetation and on spider webs. Over 2,000 beautiful crystals reveal the wonder of nature's diversity in uniformity; no two are alike, yet all are based on a common hexagon.
Video Images from of W.A. Bentley's book set to guitar music
The Secret of Water: for the Children of the World, by Masaru Emoto
Presents an environmentally friendly introduction to water, its uses, its importance, and invites children to learn about the connection between water and all living things.
Video Children gather in gratitude to see if their thoughts can affect water.