Week of May 15, 2023 | 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.
Crafty Connection Students create their own picture book with a prepared red, yellow and black construction paper booklet
At-Home Craft Story Extender Video Step-by-step instructions to make a paper ladybug
Week of May 15, 2023 | Kindergarten | Curriculum Connection Frogs
A little frog is upset when his simple life is changed by such things as other animals moving in nearby, but during an unexpected adventure away from the pond he learns that change can be good, after all.
I Don't Want to Be a Frog, by Dev Petty
A frog who yearns to be any animal that is cute and warm discovers that being wet, slimy, and full of bugs has its advantages.
Frog on a Log? (also published as Oi, Frog), by Kes Gray
n rhyming text, cat explains why frog has to sit on a log, even if he finds it uncomfortable.
Crafty Connection Students draw a frog bookmark, copying the three styles pictured on the covers
Week of May 15, 2023 | 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 I Can Only Draw Worms (abridged) presented by Puffin Books (running time 1:58)
Crafty Connection Students cut out a wiggly worm friend
Week of May 15, 2023 | Second Grade | Boredom Buster: Reading
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!)
Legend of Spud Murphy, by Eoin Colfer
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.
Crafty Connection Students practice Found Object Doodles or cut out a potato drawn on brown paper
Week of May 15, 2023 | Third Grade | Responsibility
Nanette's Baguette, by Mo Willems
Complications ensue when a young frog's mother gives her the responsibility of buying the family baguette.
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.
Crafty Connection Create a paper village of your own, inspired by buildings from your town
Week of May 15, 2023 | Fourth Grade | Memorial Day
Tucky Jo and Little Heart, by Patricia Polacco
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.
Week of May 15, 2023 | Fifth Grade | Summer Reading Teaser
In this collection, "The Old Woman and Her Pig" is an example of an awesome folktale.
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!