March will focus on favorite picture books from all over the world for our celebration of "Read Across America". Fifth Graders will participate in our IditaREAD Challenge. The Iditarod Trail is about 850 miles this year so let's see if we can read 850 books by the end of the month! Special prizes will be given out to all of those students who participate. Author Terry Lynn Johnson will help us kick off our challenge with a Virtual Author Visit on March 3rd. She'll talk about her book, Sled Dog School and tell us all about her experiences being a musher. 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 their own secret code words using Binary code after reading, Grace Hopper Queen of Computer Code" by Laurie Wallmark. Ada Byron Lovelace (also by Laurie Wallmark) had a rough early life. She really changed the world of computer code and students got to brainstorm and share some inventions that we use today because of Ada's work.
We'll also talk about the Caldecott Medal this month and take a look at some possible contenders for the 2021 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 win???
In February, students will read the Caldecott Medal winner for 2021. We will also work on typing skills by utilizing the program "Keyboarding Without Tears". Students 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. The second FlipGrid Virtual Field Trip featuring author Vashti Harrison is a great interactive activity for our students on World Read Aloud Day. Vashti Harrison’s groundbreaking LITTLE LEADERS: BOLD WOMEN IN BLACK HISTORY has inspired young readers around the world to explore history and celebrate the geniuses in their own communities. Join Vashti for a Virtual Field trip to her studio where she’ll share how she researches, writes, and draws influential historical figures you may know. She’ll finish with a live drawing demonstration and you’ll learn to draw your very own Little Leader, Little Legend, or Little Dreamer! Information is posted in Google Classroom. 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.