Lately, I feel like I am in that scene in the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie with Gene Wilder…the one where they are on the ship going through the tunnel and it starts out slow and then just gets faster and faster – that’s what is going on here…I feel like it is totally going to be the last day of school in a minute. Whew!
Here’s what I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks with my classes:
Week 31 –
*April is National Library Month, so I read Library Lion by Knudsen with my Kindergarten classes and had these centers set up for them –
1. Read a book to a puppet (all books were about books, libraries, reading, etc.)
2. Play Lightning Librarian
3. Draw and write about what you love about your library
*5th grade Media Technology students have been learning how to use iMovie to create book trailers. We used A LOT of ideas from this site to help us plan the lessons.
*On April 18, the elementary librarians in my district got together for our annual Meet @ Main event at our public library. I look forward to this every year. Students from throughout my school district come to the main branch of our public library and enjoy crafts, books, and a performance by the very funny Porkchop Productions. It is also a good time to plant the seed of summer reading in the ears of our students and parents.
Week 32 –
*April 22 was Earth Day, so why not celebrate all week long?! I read The Curious Garden by Peter Brown to Kindergarten and then they explored these Centers –
1. Read a book about recycling or about taking care of the Earth
2. Draw an illustration of YOUR curious garden
3. Explore/play Everyday is Earth Day on Starfall
*I started some research with small groups of 1st graders. I love doing this kind of stuff. The kids picked what they wanted to know more about (T-Rex, turtles, house cats, and frogs are just a few of the topics we are covering) and they are looking in books and online to find the answers to some questions they’ve come up with about their topic. I see them everyday for about 30 minutes. Can’t wait to see what they create with what they’ve learned!
*5th grade Media Technology students have moved into learning about Garageband. We’ll do more with that next week.
*It was also STORYTIME week! The theme and plan to come in anther post.