We'll wrap up the school year in June with an all-time favorite, Not a Box by Antoinette Portis and a creative project to open up our minds to seeing things in new and unique ways. We'll also get some hands on experience with using items in the Library Makerspace area.
In May, we collaborated with our Spanish Teacher, Senora Hines and read Chicks and Salsa. We decorated egg and spoon maracas and learned a really cool version of the Mexican Hat Dance. This month, we also learned about all of the amazing things that robots can do. Clink by Kelly DePucchio was a really great story about a robot who found his perfect human friend who loves to dance as much as he does (and doesn't mind eating burnt toast!). We learned to dance like a robot and then practiced our engineering skills by trying different methods to get our balancing robots to balance on our fingers. We did a great job with this and everyone figured out how to balance their robot by the end of class. Some of us got to use the iPads and drive our Sphero robots around the library. Everyone will get a turn to do this over the next few weeks.
April was National Poetry Month. Kindergarten read a poem by Jack Prelutsky titled, "Ebenezer Bleezer's Ice Cream Store". We made up our own ridiculous ice cream flavors by combining our favorite dinner foods with our favorite desert foods to make flavors that sound really gross. We also sang along with Emily Arrow's "Poem in my Pocket" and made our own poetry pockets to keep our sight word poems. In addition, we read "Children of the Earth Remember" and made our own coffee filter earth pictures accessorized to look like "Mother Earth".
March will focus on favorite picture books from all over the world for our celebration of "Read Across America". More to come on some special activities this month. Kindergarteners will have to opportunity to read with a PAL therapy dog over Zoom, read with a pet at home or participate in our Potato Storybook Character Contest. Author Daniel Jude Miller will visit us virtually on March 15th at 2:30 PM and share his incredible book, Everybody Wake Up!! Keep your eye on Block 7 in Google Classroom for more exciting events all month long.
January is our month of CODE! We will concentrate on pairing awesome Children's Picture books with CODING resources. Students will make conditional pizzas with "The Wompananny Witches" by Jennie Palmer and will explore the world with "Doug Unplugged" by Dan Yaccarino. We'll use the ever popular "Kodable" program to learn the basics of coding. Students will have access to this program for the rest of the school year and can work on the activities at their leisure.
We'll also talk about the Caldecott Medal this month and take a look at the previous Caldecott Honor book, "Actual Size" by Steve Jenkins. Students will see how Steve created the illustrations for this book. Students will engage in the "Mock Caldecott Awards" and choose a book they think should win the medal this year.
In February, students will read the Caldecott Medal winner for 2021. We'll celebrate World Read Aloud Day by checking out some other favorite books as well. "Keyboarding Without Tears" is a fun program students will use to brush up on their typing skills. They will have access to this program for the duration of the school year. Optional Groundhog's Day, Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day activities are available all month long on our February Choice Board. There is also an incredible Black History Month Choice Board for students to work on anytime they wish. In December, we completed a whole school virtual stick together poster. This month, we'll start work on another...keep an eye out in Google Classroom for more information.