Week of November 27, 2023 | TK | Bundle Up in Winter
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Owl Babies, by Martin Waddell
Video Owl Babies picture book animation
Three baby owls worry when they awaken one night to find their mother gone.
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?
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 27, 2023 | Kindergarten | Winter Playtime
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).
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 27, 2023 | 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
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 | Make a simple snow globe at home
Week of November 22, 2023 | Second Grade | Winter Fun
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
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 27, 2023 | Third Grade | Elements of Mystery
Grandpa's Teeth, by Rod Clement
It's a disaster when Grandpa's set of dentures goes missing and the whole town has to smile broadly all the time to prove they did not steal the teeth, and all that odd grinning scares away the tourists, causing the economy of the town to suffer. Who took those choppers?
Sweet Tooth, by Margie Palatini
Stewart's loud, obnoxious sweet tooth constantly gets him into trouble, until Stewart uses a healthy diet to take control of the situation.
Video How are dentures made?
Crafty Connection Dental hygiene coloring sheet
Week of November 27, 2023 | Fourth Grade | Curriculum Connection
Narrative Nonfiction and Endangered Animals Report
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeannette Winter 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 Segment Meet Jane Goodall Discovery Education Streaming Video (password protected)
Video Learn more about the life and work of Jane Goodall (running time about 13 min.)
Crafty Connection Step-by-step directions for a folded monkey corner bookmark
Week of November 27, 2023 | Fifth Grade | Curriculum Connection
Narrative Nonfiction and the Genius Report
Winter Bees, by Joyce Sidman
Begin with the science information for the poem titled "Snowflake Wakes."
Snow Flake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
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 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.
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.
Winter Bees, by Joyce Sidman
Conclude with the poem titled "Snowflake Wakes."
Crafty Connections Snowmen coloring sheet | Step-by-step paper snowflakes