January is our month of CODE! We will concentrate on pairing awesome Children's Picture books with CODING resources. Students will learn all about Margaret Hamilton by listening to "Margaret and the Moon" by Dean Robbins. They'll use the ever popular "Kodable" program to review 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 some Caldecott nominees for this year's award. Students will engage in the "Mock Caldecott Awards" and choose a book they think should win the medal this year. I wonder which book will get the most votes???
In February, we'll read the Caldecott Medal winner for 2021. We will also read some previous Caldecott winners along with other favorite picture books. Students will practice typing skills by utilizing the program "Keyboarding Without Tears". They will have access to this program for the duration of the school year as well. 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.