2nd & 3rd Grades
This week we will look at winter and learn/review how animals prepare for cold weather.
During the winter, animals are concerned primarily with two things: keeping warm and finding food. Unlike summertime, food tends to be scare during the winter months. How do animals adapt to this change?
1. Migrate to a warmer climate.
2. Store food.
3. Change eating habits.
4. Grow heavy winter coat.
Literature Selection: A Long Winter's Nap
Tumble Time: Lewis Cardinal's First Winter
Brain Pop: Hibernation (with whole group review)
Vocabulary: hibernate, migrate, dormant, metabolism, adapt
Activities: Lewis Cardinal's First Winter review, activities and games on Tumble Books
Hibernation activity: Locate the 16 hidden animals.
Extension activities (3rd)
Choose and article:
How to raccoons make it through the winter? Do they truly hibernate? What is torpor?
How to raccoons make it through the winter? Do they truly hibernate? How does shivering help a squirrel in the winter?
Ms. Harris will be making a presentation about Dr. King during enrichment classes this week. Please be respectful and listen attentively. Remember the Golden Rule!
For more information about the life and work of Dr. King, please visit the The King Center website.
Happy New Year!
For the next couple of weeks, we will practice finding information on a variety of topics.
This week: ICE FISHING
Grab an Let's Go Ice Fishing! activity guide and let's go fishing!
Don't let teachers have all the fun with the annual Tacky Sweater Contest!
Here's a way for you to design your very own TACKY SWEATER. Choose any of the 12 designs and give it your tackiest touch.
We look forward to seeing your creations.
In January 2018, we will take a closer look at books - specifically the parts of a book and the jobs of author, illustrator and publisher in making the idea of a book become something tangible.
Our theme for this activity will be: all things winter
Shared Reading: Selections by Robert Sabuda, Jan Brett, Caralyn Buehner
This week we'll be taking a look at toys and perhaps making some toys of our own (SLIME????).
Shared Reading: Too Many Toys or The Trouble with Toys or Home Alone
Video: How Toys are Made: Hasbro Lego
Video: How Food is Made: Gingerbread House Chocolate Coins
Time's 100 Greatest Toys of All Time (organized by decade - remember that what was acceptable as a toy back in the day might not be appropriate as a child's toy in 2017.)
Most Influential Toys of All Time (Do you agree with this list?)
Shared Reading: Tumble Books Seasonal Playlist (Mia & Nutcracker Ballet, Winter is the Warmest Season, Olive the Other Reindeer, Papa's Latkes)
Telling Time Review (Flocabulary - Time to 5 minute song) Practice with individual clock faces
Video: How Cuckoo Clocks are Made
Design your own Cuckoo Clock Activity or Telling Time to 5 minute sheets while checking out
A word about SLIME: Not all classes will be able to participate in the SLIME making activity over the next two weeks. Performance practice and field trips are one reason. Class size is another. Unfortunately, some of you did not earn slime due to behavior during library enrichment over the past two weeks.
Here's what we're doing by grade level this week:
2nd - Time (to the hour and half-hour)
3rd & 4th - Money (how it's made, coins, bills, counting & making change)
5th - Biblionasium (introduction)
Time Lesson Plan:
Shared Reading: Clocks & More Clocks, A Second is a Hiccup or Hurry Santa
Brain Pop Jr. (clocks and telling time to 1/4 and 1/2 hour)
Flocabulary (clocks and telling time to 1/2 hour)
Local person who makes cuckoo clocks
Telling time with Boomer hands-on activity
Check-out and telling time extension activity during check-out
Money Lesson Plan:
Shared Reading: Money Madness, Berenstain Bears, Money Tree or Pigs will be Pigs
Brain Pop (money)
Flocabulary (counting money)
US Mint: how coins are made
US Bureau of Engraving and Printing: how currency is made
Fun Facts about Money: Site 1 Site 2
Money during Colonial Times (from Philadelphia Mint) - 4th grade
Breakfast with Boomer Money Activity
ABCYa Coin Counting Game OR Amazing Coin Math app on MC iPads
Fun online money games
Extension Activity - Locate and Read "Money Counts" Ebook in Destiny
Share your opinion on print and digital formats. Do you have a preference? If so, why do you like one more (or less) than the other format?
Biblionasium Lesson Plan
Explanation and Demo of what Biblionasium is and how it works.
Hands on practice to make sure:
1. Student can log in.
2. Select avatar.
3. Create bookshelf & add books.
4. Log reading minutes.
5. Write a short review.
6. Send a recommendation to a classmate or teacher.
Students will try resource on laptops, desktops and tablets.
November 11th is Veteran's Day. We honor those who have served in the armed forces - Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. It is thanks to these very folks that we enjoy the freedoms we do in the good old USA.
Shared Reading: The Wall by Eve Bunting Here is a picture of the Vietnam Memorial located in Washington D.C.
Learn about our armed forces and military:
Brain Pop video - search under "Armed Forces"
Operation Got Your Six video clip
History Channel - Veteran's Day by the numbers
There are parades scheduled in both Marietta and Smyrna on Saturday. You are likely to see older men and women dressed up in uniforms all around town. People will be placing flags on the tombstones at the Marietta National Cemetery and elsewhere to show respect for and to honor our veterans. Remember, we have an all volunteer military. No one is making them sign the 4 year contract to join. They do so willingly and know that there's the possibility they could make the ultimate sacrifice (die) while defending their country. That is why we should thank them at every opportunity.
What are some ways you can show gratitude and appreciation to our members of the military? Here's a list to get you started.
We have five staff members @ The River who are veterans:
Coach Bachelor - Army
Mr. Oliver - Air Force
Ms. Martin - Air Force
Mr. T. Williams - Marines
Ms. Neal - Army
David Harris, son of Ms. Harris, also serves in the Navy.
Upper grades will be writing thank you notes to one of these individuals.
Lower grades will be decorating pictures and writing a 1-2 sentence personal note to accompany with their picture for one of the individuals listed above.
Yes, there really is an official National Candy Corn Day.
Do you know the secret ingredient that makes candy corn so creamy?
Watch and learn!
Mrs. Kent, Media Specialist