Week of May 17, 2021 | TK | Insects
Lulu and Sam know how to include some new friends when they play Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, saving the playground from hairy monsters and big mean robots.
Video A simple way to tell insects apart: look at their mouths
Video Step-by-step instructions to make a paper ladybug
Week of May 17, 2021 | Kindergarten | Insects, Nature's Composters
Beginning with a bug, various objects are revealed using perspective as being big and small in comparison with other objects on a farm. Perspective, or point of view, is also used to describe one's opinion. What is your opinion of the conclusion of Henry Cole's next story?
On Meadowview Street, by Henry Cole
Upon moving to a new house, young Caroline and her parents encourage wildflowers to grow and birds and animals to stay in their yard, which soon has the whole suburban street living up to its name.
Video The soil food web explained using claymation
Crafty Connection Make a bug out of clay, pipe cleaners, and items from around the house
Explore More Find out about the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden
Week of May 17, 2021 | First Grade | A World of Worms
Worm attempts various jobs for his animal friends so that he can buy painting supplies and enter the art contest.
I Can Only Draw Worms, by Will Mabbitt
Teaches the reader to count to ten using worms that have great adventures or everyday experiences, described but not illustrated due to the author/illustrator's inability to draw anything but worms.
Video Time lapse silkworms
Crafty Connection Students draw segmented worms onto a bookmark, or create worms from clay
Week of May 17, 2021 | Second Grade
Boredom Buster: Summer Reading at Your Library
When their mother drops them off at the library several afternoons a week, nine-year-old William and his brother dread the overbearing librarian, but are surprised at what they discover. Chapter 1 and 2 of 5.
I'm Bored, by Michael Ian Black
When a bored girl meets a potato who finds children tedius, she tries to prove him wrong by demonstrating all of the things they can do, from turning cartwheels to using their imaginations.
Video Click here for a read-aloud by the author, and a drawing demo from the illustrator.
Video Click here for Found Object Doodles by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (who probably is never bored!)
Crafty Connection Children draw and cut out a potato bookmark from brown paper.
Week of May 17, 2021 | Third Grade | Responsibility
Complications ensue when a young frog's mother gives her the responsibility of buying the family baguette.
Video Click here to see and hear the book read aloud by Jeff Paulsen
Video Click here to see Mo Willems stage the scenery for Nanette's Baguette.
Crafty Connection Create a paper village of your own, inspired by buildings from your town.
My Brother Louis Measures Worms and Other Louis Stories, by Barbara Robinson
Mary Elizabeth relates the humorous misadventures of her brother Louis in this collection of short stories featuring two very responsible children who somehow find themselves at the center of chaos.
This week part 1 of 2: Louis at the Wheel.
Week of May 17, 2021 | Fourth Grade | Memorial Day
A fifteen-year-old soldier in World War II meets a sweet young girl in the Philippines who helps him remember what he is fighting for as he helps her and others of her village avoid starvation. Many years later she returns his kindness. Part 1 of 2.
Background The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia made up of more than 7,000 islands that are categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visaya, and Mindanao.
Week of May 17, 2021 | Fifth Grade | Summer Reading Teaser
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz
Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales as the siblings learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.
Video A Tale Dark and Grimm may be awesome and a little gross... but what if I told you that you have mites living on...your FACE?! Ewww! Now THAT'S gross!