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In May, we'll be reading some humorous stories by Judi Barrett and Mo Willems.  We'll learn about sharks and biographies by reading, The Shark Lady by Jess Keating.  After we read about Eugenie Clark aka The Shark Lady, we'll read about sharks in the World Book Encyclopedia print and online versions.
In April we will learn how to use the dictionary.  We'll learn the terms, "guide words" and "entry words" and will complete a dictionary scavenger hunt.  We will also read a poetry book by Jack Prelutsky called, Scranimals.  Students will create their own scrambled animal by crossing an animal with another animal, an animal with a fruit, an animal with a vegetable or an animal with a flower.  After completing a character profile and sketching their character, students will create character models using play-doh.  
In March, students will learn how to access a database called, PebbleGo, on the chromebooks.  PebbleGo is a safe searching environment for primary students.  It includes a "read to me" feature, videos, sounds and games.  We'll compare the pigs in the story, "The Three Little Pigs" with real pigs using facts we learn from the PebbleGo article.
February will be a busy month in the library!  First, we'll be getting ready for our Scholastic DINO-MITE Book Fair: Stomp, Chomp, and Read!  We'll read some books by Lisa Funari Willever who will visit PMES on March 1, 2019 and learn all about Dr. Seuss, the man who was the inspiration behind NEA's "Read Across America"!
In January, we'll be reading a funny book called Thomas' Snowsuit by Robert Munsch to teach us about cause and effect.  We'll also learn about "Book Birthdays", biographies and continue with the "Keyboarding Without Tears" program.  
In December we will learn about the winter holidays and listen to a selection of tales from notable authors.  We'll also learn about the difference between fiction and nonfiction.  We will begin use of the "Keyboarding Without Tears" program.

November is Native American Heritage Month!  We'll listen to selections from author Joseph Bruchac and learn about pictographs and sand stories.
In the month of October we will learn:
How to choose "Just Right" books
ABC order of Fiction Books
How to access "Keyboarding Without Tears". 
We will read:
Fall books
Halloween stories