Week of October 30, 2023 | TK and Kindergarten
November Picture Book Month and Seasonal Veggie Silliness
I'm Bored, by Michael Ian Black
When a bored girl meets a potato who finds children tedious, she tries to prove him wrong by demonstrating all of the things they can do.
Crafty Connection Students draw a potato bookmark
Week of October 30, 2023 | First Grade
November Picture Book Month and Patience
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake, by Michael B. Kaplan
Betty Bunny likes chocolate cake so much that she claims she will marry it one day, and she has trouble learning to wait patiently until she can have her next taste.
Video A little girl mixes and bakes chocolate cake in a cup
Crafty Connection Patience mandala coloring sheet
Week of October 30, 2023 | Second Grade
November Picture Book Month and Perseverance
Corduroy Writes a Letter, by Don Freeman
When Lisa notices that her favorite cookies have fewer sprinkles, her mother suggests that she write a letter to the bakery. Though Lisa's first attempts end with her giving up on the idea, she learns that she can accomplish much when she follows through.
Crafty Connection Students write a kind note of appreciation on a Teddy Bear to be given to a teacher, friend, or family member.
Week of October 30, 2023 | Third Grade
Special Guest Jiyeon Im Introduces Super Literacy Quiz Bowl
Picture Books and the Role of Empathy in Conflict Resolution
Website Picture Book Month
What Grew in Larry's Garden, by Laura Alary
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.
Crafty Connection Conflict resolution strategies coloring sheet
Give It a Try This video shows how to start tomato plants from tomato slices.
Week of October 30, 2023 | Fourth Grade
November Picture Book Month and the Spirit of Creativity
Video Joseph Cornell art boxes
The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell, by Candace Fleming
Tells of the childhood of artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) and details his painstaking collections of innumerable ordinary objects that he assembled into creations of astonishing art.
Crafty Connection Students will cut and fold discarded Thanksgiving cards into boxes | how-to-steps
Video Create a Cornell art box at home with interesting paper and ordinary objects
Week of October 30, 2023 | Fifth Grade
November Picture Book Month and the Power of Unity
Cooperative Hula Hoop Balance Game Students in groups of 5-6 will start with one hula hoop at about nose level and using only their fingertips, they need to work together to lower the hoops to the ground.
Video example of the challenge Video example of the technique
Unstoppable, by Adam Rex
When a bird and a crab team up to combine the advantages of flight and claws, it gives them an idea: why not expand the team to include other animals who have a special trait--and soon they all set out to rescue their lake from development, because united together they are unstoppable.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Mac Barnett
When the three Billy Goats Gruff decide to clip-clop across the bridge to get to the grassy ridge, a hungry troll is already imagining all the ways to prepare a delicious goat dinner.