Monday, April 1, 2013

Learning about Caldecott Medals!

We can understand how the pictures affect the story.
Objectives Met:
0101.7.1 Experience and respond to a variety of media (including book and illustrations).
0101.7.2 Visit libraries/media centers and regularly check out materials.
0101.7.3 Understand the main idea in a visual medium (e.g., pictures, cartoons, posters).

HOT Questions:
What things get awards?
Have you ever gotten an award?
Is it hard to get one?
Would it be hard to decide who should get one if you were voting?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tall Tales and Stretching the Truth . . .

Tall Tales are . . .

Silly and obviously NOT true, but told as if they were.
Many of them started as stories about REAL people, but the story became exaggerated.

Objectives Met:
 1.2.4 Maintain a critical stance by questioning the validity and accuracy of all information.
4.3.2 Recognize that resources are created for a variety of purposes.
HOT Questions:
What are some of the things that happen that CANNOT be true?
What are some of the things that could be true?
Have you ever heard a story that sounded only partly true?
What word did we learn?


Tall Tale drawing sheet

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day!

We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers
by Lauren Child

Objectives Met:
2.3.1 Connect understanding to the real world.
3.1.5 Connect learning to community issues.


HOT Questions: 
What does Charlie tell Lola about trash?
Why is it important to recycle?
What else can we do to have less trash?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Drawing the Pigeon!

Don't Let the Pigeon . . .
by Mo Willems    

AASL Standard
4.1.8 Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning. 

HOT Questions:
What things could the pigeon want to do?
What things on the front cover fit the story?
Why should the front cover tell you about the story inside?        

Materials Needed:
Drawing paper or Pigeon Cover
drawing sheet from                                     

Monday, February 20, 2012

Duck for President!

Celebrating the Office of the President!

What do we think about when we think of Presidents? 
What makes a good president?
What would YOU do if you were president?
How does someone get to be President?
Why would they run?

Duck for President
by Doreen Cronin

Objectives Met:
2.3.1 Connect understanding to the real world.
3.1.5 Connect learning to community issues.