Week of September 14, 2020 - TK - Self-Reliance
Baby llama creates bedtime drama!
Small Bunny's Blue Blanket, by Tatyana Feeney
It's laundry day: will Small Bunny's blanket ever be the same?
Crafty Connection Students can draw Small Bunny and his blanket on a card stock bookmark after being shown simple shapes and lines.
Week of September 14, 2020 - Kindergarten - Making Friends
Because Halibut Jackson is so shy, he makes special outfits to blend in wherever he goes.
Videos Camouflaging halibut and an extreme example of the skill demonstrated by the octopus
Crafty Connection Students can color their own camouflaged fish. Supplies: this fish coloring page printed out, a sheet of colorful patterned wrapping paper measuring at least 8" x 11", scissors, crayons or markers, tape or glue. Directions: cut out the fish shape, tape or glue it to the piece of wrapping paper, color in the fish using similar colors and patterns that match the wrapping paper.
Week of September 14, 2020 - First Grade - Responsibility
A little boy finds that though he put his book back in its proper place, it turns up missing.
Crafty Connection Learn how to draw squirrels from Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Don't Spill the Milk! by Stephen Davies
Over the dunes, across the river and up the mountain, Penda lovingly carries a bowl of milk to her father in the grasslands. But will she manage to get it there without spilling a single drop? Students learning to be responsible for one library book will appreciate the magnitude of the task set before Penda.
Fun Extender Try walking with a large plastic bowl balanced on your head, as Penda did in the story. Click here to see how these children first place a rolled up cloth or towel on top of the head.
Week of September 14, 2020 - Second Grade
Finding the Next Favorite Book
A circular tale in which each new book character is reading about the next, beginning and ending with Charlie Cook.
A Library Book for Bear, by Bonny Becker
What is YOUR favorite book? Bear is quite certain he has all the books he will ever need right at home and there is no need to visit the library.
Crafty Connection See this video to make a paper mouse finger puppet and read your favorite book to your new little friend.
Week of September 14, 2020 - Third Grade - Looking for the Good
Helping her teacher next-door neighbor with his amazing garden, young Grace learns powerful lessons in community teamwork and environmental mindfulness when a plan for the garden's vegetables is threatened by an unanticipated problem.
Give It a Try This video shows how to start tomato plants from tomato slices.
Week of September 14, 2020 - Fourth Grade
Curriculum Connection: Our California Legacy & the National Parks
Two bear cubs go for a romp and become so tired they fall asleep on a rock, and don't wake up when the rock begins to grow. It isn't until a little measuring worm attempts the climb that the cubs are rescued.
Crafty Connection Fold an origami paper walking worm
Every Kid In a Park Find out more about this offer open to every 4th grade student and their families.
Week of September 14, 2020 - Fifth Grade - Unlikely Friendships
Mike is proud to be the toughest dog in the neighborhood, so when tiny, fuzzy bunnies start showing up in his big, mean car he sees them only as a threat to his reputation. But they are SO adorable!
Pine & Boof: the Lucky Leaf, by Ross Burach
One blustery day, Boof the bear's lucky red leaf gets swept away by the wind. Fortunately for him, Pine the porcupine just happens to walk by with his lucky compass-and the two set off on an adventure to find the lost leaf, only to discover true friendship in the process.
Tarra & Bella: the Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends, by Carole Buckley
Proving that best friends come in all shapes and sizes, a lone elephant at a sanctuary in Tennessee befriends a stray dog.
Video Clip Tarra & Bella
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